Polish‑Indian Shop

Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Until 10 September 2017

Erwin Sówka, Meditations III, 1986 © Muzeum Śląskie
The exhibition focuses on the now forgotten but once very close relationship between the Polish People’s Republic and the Republic of India. This affiliation allowed Poles to take active part in the socialist modernisation of India and to be under the influence of the Asian culture. At the same time, networks of unofficial trade and smuggling developed. The history of the “Eastern window on the world” shows that the structure of geographical interconnections which affected the Polish transformation after 1989 is much more complicated than the simple division into the two sides of the Iron Curtain. The presentation includes a variety of audio‑visual culture archives, both official and completely private ones; great political narration is juxtaposed with memories of bazaar merchants, and archives with contemporary recordings.
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