“Polish is the Official Language in the Republic of Poland” performance
Polish is the Official Language in the Republic of Poland is a part of the Show the Language programme, aimed at promoting social inclusion and equality for artists with disabilities.
The performance is created by Daniel Kotowski, a Polish artist with hearing loss, who uses his artistic practice to reflect on existence, using stories of completeness and incompleteness as a starting point for his research. “Polish is the Official Language in the Republic of Poland” promises to be a unique experience for everyone in the audience.
The performance aims to highlight the importance of promoting social inclusion and equality for artists with disabilities, using the Constitution of the Republic of Poland as a thematic backdrop. Daniel Kotowski draws attention to the paradox of the provision in the Constitution stating that the official language in the Republic of Poland is Polish. While the Constitution represents all citizens and is a tool for promoting equality and justice, this provision on the Polish language discriminates against certain groups of individuals, including those who do not speak it.
Daniel Kotowski takes up the challenge of using spoken Polish as a person with hearing loss. Through this, he sheds light on instances, where constitutional laws are being violated, while also advocating for justice and respect for his rights as a citizen.
To make this event accessible to all, the performance will be accompanied by English Sign Language interpretation.
Date and time: 27th April, 17:00
Place: Anne-Catch venue in Vestlys plass/bydel Gamle Oslo, (in front of Deichman Bjørvika)