Diversity/ Inclusion | Participation
2020 - until present
Forever and a day
Public programme
The Russian-, Belarusian and Ukrainian-speaking audience living in Poland

The Blyzkist project is a activist collective responsible for builiding a part of the Museum’s public program . While preparing for the opening of the museum’s new building on Plac Defilad, the museum’s ultimate home, we turn to the Russian- and Ukrainian- speaking audience living in Poland—an audience who are far from their own home.

The name Blyzkist (from the Ukrainian for “closeness”) refers to community, being together, physically and emotionally. What is this community? Who belongs to it? Are we all part of it, regardless of class divisions, language barriers, or sexual orientation? The Blyzkist collective is a trio: Maria Beburia (born in Odessa, lives in Warsaw), Taras Gembik (born in Kamin-Kashyrskyi, lives in Warsaw) and Olga Mzhelskaya(born in Minsk, lives in Warsaw). AIMS:
integration by means of artistic and cultural activities like workshop, debate, performance or meeting feeling up the existing gap in Warsaw cultural programmes for Russian- nad Ukrainian speaking residents of the city creating safe space for exploring and learning about contemporary art
At a time when we must remember to maintain a safe distance from others, “closeness” takes on a new significance. We stick together, but at a distance. In the context of recent events on the Polish and international political arena, the need to come together, to unite in solidarity, concern and mutual support, is especially strong.