Krzyzowa Artistic Summer

Those works were created during the International Symposium of Artists in Krzyzowa, Poland. More than 20 participants from Poland, Ukraine, Belorussia, and Russia from different areas of fine art came together in order to develop the skills and get more educated in the history of intercultural relations. It took me one week to create a range of works, dedicated to this occasion. There were mezzotints, dry needles, offsets and numerous sketches. As for the presentation, I decided to distribute only following artworks, as they are performed in the complicated technique of mezzotint and visually describe the symbols of the place I was living in. The distant enigma and historical halo of this specific town provoked the visions in my head, which were placed on the paper in a form of graphic prints.

Krzyżowa (German: Kreisau, until 1930: Creisau) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Świdnica, within Świdnica County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in southwestern Poland. It lies in the historic Lower Silesia region, approximately 10 kilometers southeast of Świdnica, and 51 kilometers southwest of the regional capital Wrocław. The village is the site of an International Youth Meeting Centre, which primarily brings Polish and German young people together for dialogue and educational programs. 

The settlement in the Silesian Duchy of Jawor-Świdnica was first mentioned in 1335. Like most of Silesia, the Krzyżowa area had been annexed by the Prussian king Frederick the Great after the First Silesian War in 1742. The members of the anti-Nazi resistance group Kreisau Circle met on the property, hosted by Helmuth James Graf von Moltke, who was executed for treason against Germany in January 1945.

After World War II the property was used as a farm, and still today the single houses carry names like cowshed or stable. On 12 November 1989, the Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and the German Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl held a reconciliation meeting there and decided to redevelop the property as an International Youth Meeting Centre. The renovation was predominantly financed by the “Endowment for German-Polish Understanding”. In 1998 the Centre was officially opened. The Center is known as the Międzynarodowe Centrum Spotkań Młodzieży in Polish, and as the Internationale Jugendbegegnungsstätte Kreisau in German.

The property has several hectares of grounds, many comfortable guestrooms for youth groups as well as for private guests, a dining room, a cafeteria, sports rooms and sports fields, conference rooms with simultaneous translation arrangement as well as party rooms. A restored castle containing an exhibition on the Kreisau Circle is also located there.