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Visegrad-Turkish Culture Festival, Hungarian Cultural Centre and Gama Gallery are pleased to welcome to Istanbul Dariusz Fodczuk, a Polish contemporary artist and performer, who will lead a 2-day workshop for visual and performing artists from Istanbul. (The workshop will be eventually ended with a public show.)

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Venue and time

  • Hungarian Cultural Centre (Macar Kültür Merkezi) İmrahor Caddesi No:23 B Blok Kağıthane Polat Ofis, 34400 Kağıthane/İstanbul, Türkiye

  • Saturday and Sunday, 14–15 April 2018

  • Each day 11.00–17.00

Registration and participants

  • Register until 10 April. Send an email with a short introduction of yourself to, we will send you back detailed information.

  • Maximum 12 participants (circa 6 visual artists, 6 performing artists). Because of the limited capacity we reserve the right to rejects an applicant due to the late sign-up.

  • The workshop will be lead in English.

  • The participants are asked to attend both workshop days.

  • Free of charge thanks to the generosity of Mr. Fodczuk.

What is the workshop about

The workshop is inspired by a creative approach developed by Joseph Beuys known as the ‘social sculpture’. We will search for the meaning of the concept and try to answer some questions such as:

  • Can human relationships and activities be sculpted?

  • Are we able to translate them into categories of beauty?

  • Is category of beauty necessary if it cannot be adopted into the social sculpture situation?

  • What are meanings of beauty?

  • Does empathy have any use for art?

On the working method

  • The workshop will consist of a talk and practical exercises based on methods of creativity training.

  • It all aims to explain selected aspects of performance art and to raise up the creative ability of the participants.

  • During the workshop, we will develop our interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence in the way supporting artistic creativity.

Meet Dariusz Fodczuk

Dariusz Fodczuk (b. 1966) is one of the most recognizable performance artist of Poland; painter, sculptor and video artist. He studied at the Institute of Art Education, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin. Graduated in 1992. He has presented his works at over two hundred festivals and solo exhibitions in Europe, Israel, Thailand, Singapore, Canada and USA. He teaches at the Academy of Art in Szczecin (Poland).

Dariusz Fodczuk about his work

“For me art is a Super-Language – for me, trans-verbal communication is the key to art. Aesthetics and formal solutions are of the secondary priority to me and are interesting only as far as they may help communication to be more effective. Joseph Beuys has foretold: "In the future, everyone will be an artist."

I understand this statement meaning that in the future society will communicate using the language of installation and performance art to live a fuller conscious existence. I don’t think he was referring to those producing nice looking objects nor to those painting nice looking pictures. In my opinion, practising performance and other forms of contemporary art can bring his wish closer to reality.”

Dariusz Fodczuk

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