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Grzegorz Drozd, ON TOUR IN POLAND, 2010

Title: Opera
Artist: Grzegorz Drozd
Curator: Marcello Smarrelli and Stach Szablowski
Trainer: Monica Schwertner
Company: Elica Poland
Participant number: 30
Location: Jelcz – Laskowice
Year: 2010
Exhibitions: Warsaw – Galleria 2 August 17-31

Opera is the title that artist Grzegorz Drozd gave to the workshop he conceived and led with thirty Elica employees; they were supported by the trainer and the curators. The workshop took place at Elica plant in Jelcz-Laskowice, Poland.

The project aimed at giving value to every single intervention within a collective action. It highlighted the worker community’s creative potential. It did it by introducing unusual elements in the plant daily routine, yet maintaining its working method and organization. After entering the factory life through an auto-introduction, the artist realized a music performance with participants, using toy instruments. As in the company setting, where every individual is part of a wider and more complex system and the collective action aims at a shared goal, namely the production, every employee committed to contribute to reach a shared purpose: generating a collective artwork in which everyone is author and protagonist.

For the final outcome, Drozd realized a video by using the footage that was made during the performance, whereas the music instruments were given to charity.

Watch the video