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“San and Aka: Indigenous cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa” – an exhibition organized by the Jagiellonian Research Center for African Studies, the Jagiellonian Library and the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków

From May 10, 2024, the exhibition "San and Aka: Indigenous Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa," organized by the Jagiellonian Research Center for African Studies, the Jagiellonian Library, and the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków – a partner institution of JRCAS. The exhibition accompanies the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Jagiellonian Research Center for African Studies (2014-2024) and the 7th Congress of Polish Africanists, which will be held at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków on May 23-25, 2024.

The exhibition presents unique objects and archives related to the culture of the San (Bushmen) from the collection of Prof. Roman Stopa, located in the collections of the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, original everyday items of the Aka Pygmies along with an authentic pygmy house from the private collection of Izabela Cywa, a member of JRCAS who has been working in the Central African Republic among representatives of this ethnic group for over a decade, as well as a collection of works by Prof. Stopa kept in the Jagiellonian Library.

The exhibition is part of the project "Interactions and Influences: African Studies in Dialogue with the Social and Cultural Environment of the University," carried out as part of the Competition of the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University for the development of cooperation with the external environment of the university.

On May 9, 2024, the opening of the exhibition "San and Aka: Indigenous Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa" took place, during which members of the curatorial team: Izabela Cywa (JRCAS), Prof. Robert Kłosowicz (JRCAS), Dr. Mateusz Król (MEK), and Jacek Kukuczka (MEK), as well as the directors of units cooperating in the creation and organization of this project: Director of the Jagiellonian Library, Prof. Remigiusz Sapa, Director of the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, Monika Dudek, and acting in a dual role, the Director of the Jagiellonian Research Center for African Studies, Prof. Robert Kłosowicz.

The exhibition will be available to visitors until May 25, 2024, in the above-mentioned exhibition hall of the Jagiellonian Library (entrance from Oleandry 3) from Monday to Friday (10:00-17:00) and on Saturdays (10:00-14:00), free entrance.'

 

WE CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO VIEW THE EXHIBITION!

 

Curatorial team: Izabela Cywa (JRCAS), prof. Robert Kłosowicz (JRCAS), dr. Mateusz Król (MEK), Jacek Kukuczka (MEK)

Exhibition design: Izabela Cywa (JRCAS), Jacek Kukuczka (MEK), Iwona Wawrzynek (JL)

Visual identification: Michał Worgacz (JL)

Substantive cooperation and research in collections: Izabela Cywa (JRCAS), Karolina Chorązka-Paluch (JL), prof. Ph.D. Robert Kłosowicz (JRCAS), Dr. Mateusz Król (MEK), Jacek Kukuczka (MEK), Dominika Szpaczek (JRCAS), Iwona Wawrzynek (JL)

Conservation supervision: Agata Barczyńska (MEK), Katarzyna Mazurek-Lebowska (MEK), Renata Palka (MEK), Katarzyna Wilaszek-Rozwadowska (MEK), Conservation Section of the Jagiellonian Library

Museum exhibits service: Iwona Matuła (MEK), Krzysztof Wójtowicz (MEK)

Exhibition production: Paweł Przybylski (MEK), Jacek Szymański (MEK), Krzysztof Wójtowicz (MEK), Cultural Events Section (JL)

Technical consultations: Stanisław Bujas (JL), Piotr Kuraś (JL)

Digitization of archival materials: Dr. Mateusz Król (MEK)

 

“San and Aka: Indigenous cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa” in the media:

Gazeta Wyborcza Kraków

Telewizja Kraków

Gazeta Krakowska

invitation to the exhibition

Photogallery