mammoth house

fot. Ewa Sztybełko

David Graeber and David Wengrow in their book „The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity” write that 25,000-12,000 years ago, impressive architectural works called „Mammoth Houses” existed in the areas overlapping today’s Poland and Ukraine. They were meeting places for nomadic tribes living in areas overlapping with the present-day territories of Poland and Ukraine. Inspired by this history, the artist created a multimedia installation in which fictional and authentic stories about human ancestors intertwine. Ewelina Węgiel thus draws viewers into a paradocumentary story, saying that one of the settlements so far discovered in areas „from Krakow to Kiev” has just been found in Orońsko. Fictional and non-fictional stories of human and non-human ancestors intertwine to address issues of common extinction, regardless of gender, nationality, species.

Work was created for the 10th Young Triennale: Consolidation in Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, which was focused on Polish-Ukrainian relations.