Thursday the 7th June, we will witness an open top truck loaded with a tonne of bread and salt, depart from Whitley Depot, Coventry on a 1072 mile journey to Łódź, Poland, as part of a live art, transient performance by Coventry-based contemporary artists Rob Hamp and Emilia Moniszko.
The Van Trip is Phase 2 of From East to West With Love – a project which aims to establish unity, dialogue and connections between Eastern and Western Europeans.
You can follow this outreaching trip live via their social media channels, where Coventry-based film-maker Ivan Petkov will provide real-time documentation of the journey.
To put the concept of the Van Trip in better context, here’s an insight into the history of From East to West with Love:
Phase One – The Visitor was a programme of events, an exhibition, public discussions and an artist residency, that took place in September-November 2016 in Coventry, and Łódź, Poland. The events encouraged arts professionals, academics and the local cultural community to connect and engage with each other whilst identifying and questioning cultural changes. One of Poland’s most radical artists Pawel Hajncel was their artist in residence. He created a performance titled “‘Patriotism for Sale’ in which he addressed the attitudes of migrants who fled their home countries in pursuit of sustainable future.
The objectives of From East to West with Love are to:
- Place Coventry as a centre for experimental contemporary arts in Britain, free from discrimination resulting from today’s political climate
- Establish communications between European artists, cultural agents and the general public in order to contribute to a positive image of Europe
- Attract a diverse range of audiences from different backgrounds in order to release the segregation of the migrant community
- Create personal development opportunities in curation, communication and event coordination positions
- Document all elements of the project, to provide material to contribute towards Coventry’s future vision
- Establish strong relationships between cultural agents and arts facilitators in Coventry and Łódź, in order to create culturally twinned cities.
SO back to Phase 2 – The Van Trip
Why transport a tonne of bread and salt?
In Poland bread and salt are a symbol of hospitality – a way of welcoming people. Bread symbolises the wish that the recipient will live in abundance, while salt is a reminder of the difficulties that we learn to overcome in life.
Łódź is geographically situated in the centre of Poland, as Coventry is to England. Like Coventry, it is a city with a long-standing industrial history – a connection that is significant to the project, and perfect grounds for twinning the two cities.
Check out this video by the artists to give you more of an insight:
Who knows what experiences, interactions and events they will encounter as we follow this outbound journey, crossing borders, boundaries and undoing the framework of state lines.
Stay tuned to their Social Media Channels to find out, and experience The Van Trip with them:
And follow the hashtag #FETWWL
Join their live departure from Coventry on Thursday 7th June via their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/382034575626228/
Watch the arrival approximately two days later at the Punkt Odbioru Sztuki, a Łódź based art gallery where it will then be unloaded:
Find out more on the website http://fetwwl.com/