Szachoboks: od francuskich komiksów do warszawskich siłowni [1 lipca - 30 września] // Chessboxing: From the French Comic Book to the Warsaw Gyms [July 1 - September 30]
Data: piątek, 30 września 2022
Godzina rozpoczęcia: 9:30
Miejsce: Warszawa - Śródmieście, 🌊 nad Wisłą, Galeria UW, ul. Dobra 56/66
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Wystawa "Szachoboks: od francuskich komiksów do warszawskich siłowni"
1 lipca - 30 września
Galeria UW [budynek Biblioteki Uniwersyteckiej w Warszawie], ul. Dobra 56/66
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Chessboxing: From the French Comic Book to the Warsaw Gyms
July 1 - September 30
Dobra street 56/66 Warsaw
Post-noir and somatic photos create a space for unraveling visually and imaginatively one of the most spectacular hybrid sports of our times: CHESSBOXING.
The photo exhibition is the result of the synergy between three Warsaw established photographers – Daniel Wiśniewski, Sebastian Sochanek, and Marek M. Berezowski – and #ChessboxingWarszawa. It is curated in the Gallery UW by sociologist Adriana Mica (UW), in collaboration with the University of Warsaw, the National Centre for Culture, and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
Wiśniewski, Sochanek and Berezowski capture the beginnings and progressive growth in popularity of chessboxing in Warsaw, starting with 2020. They allow understanding why this sport became so dynamic not only in Europe, but at global level basically. What constitutes the main drill in chessboxing, as well as its inherent contradictions. The photographers untangle the unconventional character, the somatic strength, the rivalry, and the irony of chessboxing. They unravel how chessboxing interacts with what does it mean to be a boxer, a chessplayer, and even a photographer in contemporary Polish society.
#ChessboxingWarszawa is the community of Warsaw fighters who enjoy playing chess. It emerged as natural environment for the chessboxing interaction and meetings in the capital city. The overall idea to promote the sport surfaced in Academia Gorila right before the pandemic. It was a manner to test the limits and opportunities of boxing by exploring new alternatives. The synergy with chess was immediate and materialized in a long-term collaboration with Foundation of Nonbanal initiatives, already known for orchestrating the outdoor chess trend in Warsaw at that time. Dzielnica Visła, the main supporter of unconventional and bottom-up sport and cultural initiatives in Warsaw, embraced chessboxing instantly. Thus moving chessboxing from the underground boxing gym to the Vistula Boulevards.
#ChessboxingWarszawa is further engaged in activities of the revitalization of urban spaces (in the framework of participatory budget in Warsaw), photo exhibitions, promotion of paraboxing (with Foundation BoBeZo) and breast cancer awareness campaigns (within the comprehensive Polish social and artistic movement now in the making in relation with #PomacajSie).
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