Artist: Alicja Rogalska
Milk and Honey
Commissioned by Arts Territory as a part of The Illusion of Return project.
Alicja Rogalska divided her residency in Poland into several visits between February and December 2017.
As part of her research, the artist returned to the family dairy farm in north-eastern Poland, where she grew up. The artist's father was a local cooperative movement activist, and the farm still operates in conjunction with the local large co-op. The artist has undertaken research that reflects on the history and heritage of the Polish cooperative movement. An important element of the project was to take into account the artist's personal and family history as well as the local traditions of the region she comes from, to reflect on broader socio-political issues, as well as migration and identity issues. The artist collected materials and held a series of interviews and meetings, among others with the curator of the Museum of the History of Cooperatives in Warsaw.
The results of the research are photographs and a collection of archival materials. During the most recent stay in Poland as part of The Illusion of Return project, Alicja has also developed an idea of a lecture performance on the global revival of nationalisms in the context of Central and Eastern Europe, taking as a starting point a selection of events widely reported in the media. It combines the artist's personal experiences of migration, with legal rulings, and scientific research related to this topic. The first presentation of the project is planned during the interdisciplinary conference in Melbourne in May 2018 (Fascism and the International, in the West Space gallery, under the auspices of the Australian Research Council).
Supported by The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Scholarship Program and Arts Council England.