The Case of Stanisław Pyjas

Open 12:00-18:00. Thu 13:00-21:00, Closed Mon.       Pl. Szczepański 3A
The subject of this exhibit at Bunkier Sztuki is the life, death and legacy of Stanisław Pyjas - a student at Kraków's Jagiellonian University in the late '70s and an organiser of anticommunist protests. In 1977, when Pyjas was found dead at age 23 under suspicious circumstances, student marches against the regime and political unrest erupted across Poland. Officially ruled an accident, many suspect or assume that Pyjas was murdered by communist Secret Services, and the case took several more twists in the months that followed with witnesses and suspects also dying in 'accidents.'

This provocative exhibit by artist Dorota Nieznalska is representative of a trend in art where archival materials are the starting point. Through multimedia displays Nieznalska presents a life defined by death, and attempts to restore the memory of Pyjas by emphasising what it is he died for - truth, courage, individualism, nonconformity, respect for other people and other values that the artist believes are currently under attack in Poland and elsewhere. Unafraid to wade into contemporary politics, Nieznalska shines a light on the oppression of the communist system hoping to also illuminate the threats to democracy we currently face as a society.



Open 12:00-18:00. Thu 13:00-21:00, Closed Mon. Aug 21 2020 - Oct 18 2020
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