Natalia Pośnik, Poland, 2018

In an exchange between Blitz, Valletta and Culture Zone Wrocław, in April 2018 Malta-based artist Letta Shtohryn took up residence at the AIR Wro residency in Wrocław, while Blitz welcomed Natalia Pośnik to the Blitz Residency Programme. The Artist In Residence Programme AIR Wro is a legacy programme of the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016, and is supported by Culture Zone Wrocław. The Blitz Residency Programme, which is supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation and is part of the Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture programme.

Natalia Pośnik combines her education in architecture with the medium of photography to dissect and discover the character of a city, and to explore the relationship between space and time. Her project, ‘How not to fight with the city’, attempted to characterise a city which is multi-layered in history and in the cultures of its inhabitants.

About the Malta project
How not to fight with the city?
[Note: 15.04.2018] There had been unusually strong waves in Valletta. They had fished a drowning man out of the water, whose kids were crying on the seashore.

The Valletta/Sliema Ferry has not been sailing either, as the sea is the city – you do not fight. Alternatively, you get to the lifeboat, drift a little further away so the waves don’t hit you against the rocks, and then calmly return when the storm has settled. Let us bide our time in the city and wait patiently for a good opportunity to ‘live’. The ubiquitous economic boom, speculative bubble, tourism, and new investments, are hitting us now against the rocks. Tomorrow, the ferries will be sailing again. […]

The human being is constantly burdened with subsequent changes in city life and the need to adapt to a different reality. Adaptation in this case does not mean compromise or acceptance of the unwanted, but it gives the possibility of a conscious choice. Opportunism and short-term vision for profit, contribute to he changing image of Valletta and its surrounds.

New decisions result in a new future. The city’s architecture changes the same as its inhabitants change. It adapts to new functions, often hiding behind the historical facades. The evolution of the city from ‘liveable’ to ‘alive’, after which there is a longing for change from being simply ‘alive’ to ‘liveable’ again.

This linear dependence system based on the form of a circle is a kind of limitation with which society tries to fight. As a result, it pushes towards new creative solutions which aim to answer the question “How not to fight with the city?”
Natalia Pośnik, April 2018