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The Series

The Series : « Hurrahs and Turmoils »

This texts are the result of from the book Hourras et désarrois. [Hurrahs and Turmoils] Scenes of a Cultural War in Poland published on 16 May 2019 by Éditions Noir sur Blanc (Lausanne) edited by Agnieszka Żuk.

What is the root of the political events which are today shaking Polish society and echoing across Europe: refusal to accept migrants, a proposed historical memory law on the Shoah, introduction of laws which affect the independence of the judiciary or the attempt to totally ban IVF, to name but the most widely publicised issues? And finally, how does one explain the causes of the anti-European volte-face which the “European Union’s best student” has performed?

The aim of this collective work is to bring an in-depth, nuanced and intimate view of contemporary Poland, through its culture, understood here to mean the entirety of ways of thinking, feeling and acting specific to a given society. Current events of recent years appear here within a complex network of narratives and historical omissions, traumas and pressures; they are confronted with existing cultural models, immersed in the collective imagination, defused by humour or distorted by stereotypes.

The authors include: Agata Adamiecka, Przemysław Czapliński, Olga Drenda, Agnieszka Graff, Mikołaj Grynberg, Maciej Jakubowiak, Dariusz Kosiński, Iwona Kurz, Andrzej Leder, Jan Sowa, Aleksandra Małecka, Piotr Marecki, Karol Sienkiewicz, Kaja Puto, Maja Staśko, Stach Szabłowski, Ziemowit Szczerek and Oksana Zabuzko.


The Author

The Author : Switch (On paper)

Éric Mangion has been the director of the Villa Arson art center since 2006. There he hosted and organized numerous solo exhibitions, notably for Eva Barto, Sonia Boyce, Monster Chetwynd, Judy Chicago, Jeremy Deller, Jean Dupuy, Brice Dellsperger, R... [ read more ]
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Partenariat :

*DUUU est une webradio dédiée à la création contemporaine. Fondée en 2012 par des artistes, elle est née du désir de faire entendre des situations de réflexion et de travail. S’inventant ce que pourrait être une radio d’art aujourd’hui, elle expérimente d’autres modes de parole, et travaille depuis sept ans à croiser des voix parallèles et susciter des rencontres.


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20 August 2020

Hurrahs and Turmoils, broadcast

In addition to three texts published in June 2019 on the cultural and political situation in Poland, Switch (on Paper) is making available a programme by *DUUU Radio, broadcast live on 17 May 2019. It is the first podcast posted online by Switch (on Paper); there will be more in the coming weeks and months.

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