Black, White, Red
An Essay on Struggle and Dialogue
Left-wing cultural protests in Poland, fuelled by the media, have changed their colours, the six-striped symbol having now been replaced by a war flag. This heralds a new chapter in the cultural war. The protests’ visual aspect refers us to a field of contemporary art that carries on the international agenda of the Bolshevik revolution. Is a revolution something that can be dialogued with? The postulate for a time of “war” is to suspend the avant-garde paradigm in art and to rebuild a culture predicated on the classical, Greco-Roman-Christian model.
Piotr Paweł Drozdowicz is a Poznań-based painter. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań under the guidance of the conceptualist Jarosław Kozłowski, graduating in 1998 with a degree in mural painting. In 1998–1999, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, France. He earned a PhD in fine arts at the Faculty of Painting of the Poznań Academy of Fine Arts in 2014. Since 2009, he has been teaching drawing and painting at the Faculty of Architecture of the Poznań University of Technology.
Drozdowicz works with oil painting, watercolour, and mural painting, specializing in wet-on-wet techniques such as KEIM A. He designs and executes site-specific frescoes in architectural spaces. An author of historical-painting reconstructions and frescoes in Poznań and in France, he accepts the existence of transcendent Beauty and believes in the continuity of great painterly traditions. He produces harmonious painting compositions whose subject is the human being in the context of space.
Author of the book Między muzeum i prezbiterium [Between the museum and the presbytery] that won the Łukaszewicz Prize, the main award of Poznaniana 2017. He combines his experience as a visual artist with the practice of choral singing, performing with the “Poznań Nightingales” Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic in Poland and abroad (since 2016).