Leisure as Resistance

Solo show
Midlands Arts Center, Birmingham (UK)

Tatiana Wolska


Leisure as Resistance marks Tatiana Wolska’s first solo exhibition in the UK. Born in 1977, Wolska utilises recycled materials, invoking the resourcefulness ingrained in her during her childhood in communist Poland, where recycling became a necessity due to the scarcity of goods.

The exhibition will showcase some of her signature recycled bottle sculptures and several new commissions, including scrap wood sculptures, large-scale drawings, monumental makeshift hut and a mural. One of Tatiana Wolska’s signature plastic bottles sculpture will be on display in MAC’s Outdoor Terrace.

The artist, describing herself as a ‘junk collector’, breathes new life into discarded plastic bottles, salvaged timber, rusty nails and foam from old mattresses. She transforms these once-polluting materials into captivating sculptures. Her drawings mirror her sculptures, crafted with ink, pen, pencil, and paint, revealing enigmatic forms with ribbed surfaces and folds.

Tatiana Wolska has designed the space with a strong emphasis on facilitating and promoting meetings, workshops and discussions cantered around critical topics such as the regeneration of natural resources, climate crisis or the concept of resistance through leisure. Audiences will be invited to activate this space through community activities such as reading groups, knitting clubs, clothes swaps, repair cafés, and meditation-through-drawing sessions.

Leisure as Resistance is curated by Roma Piotrowska.




Opening Saturday 09.03.24
From Tuesday to Sunday, 11am > 5pm
Until Sunday 02.06.24

Midlands Arts Center
Cannon Hill Park
B12 9QH Birmingham (UK)


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