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Marzanna, Yours Again

Admission: Free
Opening: 16.01.2018, 20:00
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Spring is drawing near,
winter does not want to leave,
the freezing nights linger,
snowing gently still.

Marzanna, Marzanna,
you winter mistress,
today we will drown you,
to put an end to winter.

Drift away with the ice,
far away to the sea,
let it finally come
to us- buxom spring.

(Translated from a Polish children’s song, Marzanna

At the end of winter, children gather to drown the Marzanna in the closest lake, marking the beginning of a new spring. 
Marzanna dolls, representative of the Baltic and Slavic goddess associated with seasonal rites, are created only to be destroyed. Part of a folk tradition that has stood the test of time, communities in Eastern Europe come together on the first day of spring to create their own effigy. Marzanna has become a malleable symbol; freed from her historical and sacred significance, she is a vessel for expressing personal mythologies and an embodiment of new beginnings. The works of Faye Wei Wei and Zoe Paul engage with the visual weaving of their own individual narratives. Their work references both practical and visual histories, developing a language that combines the then and the now. When these narratives are unwoven, and the Marzanna drowned, only traces of symbols remain to guide an exploration

Marzanna, Yours Again