Three quick questions to Franciszek Buchner and Norbert Delman, founders of STROBOSKOP in Warsaw, Poland
STROBOSKOP ART SPACE is an exhibition space located in a row of old car garages connected to a residential area in Warsaw. Curious about their initiative, we took the opportunity to ask the founders Franciszek Buchner and Norbert Delman a few questions on the current situation of artists’ initiatives in Poland, as well as their take on this year’s theme of intimacy.
STROBOSKOP is an experimental space set to promote various polarised artistic contributions as a means to fill in the gap between public institutions and private galleries in modern Poland. What is your recipe in doing so? And what are some of the challenges?
We believe in initiating grassroots projects and – above all – offering young artists a space in which they can experiment, try different solutions and learn. We also aim to invite foreign artists. Our dream is to create a window for art outside of Poland that will refresh the local scene. Funding is definitely a challenge – at the moment Stroboskop is funded solely by us, and we do not run any projects that are funded by the city or state.
What do you plan to exhibit at Supermarket 2017?
For the upcoming edition of Supermarket, Stroboskop will exhibit works by us, the founders of the space, as opposed to representing another artist – something that normally cannot be seen on site in Warsaw.
This year's theme is Intimacy. Can you recall a specifically intimate moment in connection to art? Perhaps an exhibition or a certain art piece?
Public appearances are by definition devoid of intimacy. A work of art, however, is the essence of intimacy, a strange construct made of thoughts, instincts, and experiences. The very atmosphere of an exhibition is, nonetheless, an experience that is as intimate as it is public, and it creates an extremely interesting moment. I try to approach each exhibition as if it were a private, eye-to-eye conversation, and there are certain ones we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Visit STROBOSKOPS webpage here for more info!