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Stach Szumski

The Nonlinear Timeline of the Evolution of Writing

2021, 10 m x 5,5 m , bleach on cotton

The banner on the front facade of the ISKRA DELTA headquarters while appearing as a message coming from both distant past and future informs us about the evolution of symbols as proto- and post- civilizational traces. The Nonlinear Timeline of the Evolution of Writing follows the process of how human expression, in the realm of abstract symbolism, evolved in time. This new, fictional symbolic system relates to iconographic motifs from different periods and cultures, from the first cave paintings, petroglyphs, proto-fonts, to the first company logos and post-apocalyptic tribal symbols.

Stach Szumski (1992, Gdańsk, Poland) is a graduate of the Media Arts Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He creates paintings, installations, sculptures, graphics, drawings, and murals in public space, attributing his visual education chiefly to grass-roots practices associated with post-graffiti. He is a co-founder (with Karolina Mełnicka) of the Nomadic State project – an artistic collective and fictional nomadic micro-nation established in 2015. The visual messages of late capitalism and the side effects of globalization serve as fodder for his art. He carries out his works – including large-format murals as well as interdisciplinary projects based on local research – during and as the fruits of his numerous travels around the world. The artist has created numerous projects in Poland and worldwide (India, Japan, Mexico, Ukraine). His works were presented among others in Museum od Modern art in Warsaw, Center for contemporary art in Warsaw, CAC in Vilnius and Kyoto Art Center.