In some Silesian towns children collect magical green “rocks” with undulating linear patterns. These are slag – a by-product of smelting iron ore. Those stones stimulate our imagination. They direct our attention towards the underworld, imprinting our perception with a sense of verticality, of moving into the depths. What is underneath? Roots, skeletons, plant remains, dark and clear underground rivers, caves, rock-hewn galleries, drifts, people, ghosts, treasures, traces. The awareness of the inward motion changes our perception of time and presence. What was here before, still is – at the same location on the map, just deeper.

What is hidden makes itself felt, even if its presence is nebulous and unclear. The traces of surrendering to the cycles of decay and transformation of matter interweave with the traces of human attempts at taming the world. Penetration, mining, transmutation. Alchemical processes transforming one substance into another with the use of fire, water and human will. When the artist resonates with the spirit of the place that is not his own, he attunes to signals from the unconscious and starts to explore its layers. The gate into the underworld is organic materiality: the physical structure of the materials used, the mineral particles they contain, the fluxes through the artist’s body, his movements and gestures.“
                                                                                                  by Anna Chromik

The soundscope of the show composed by Stefan Węgłowski and realesed under the same title “What”s Hidden”


All of the works from the show were aquired by the Silesian Museum and are now a part of it’s collection.