Kumzits was a programme of site-specific public art produced over distance and commissioned for the 30th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow
Kumzits was a collaborative experimental project between Berlin, Jerusalem and Krakow. It showed eight public art projects and urban interventions around Kazimierz, the historical Jewish quarter in the center of Krakow, ranging from sculpture, installations and posters to audio walks, live drawing sessions and participatory embroidery. Ten artists from Berlin and Jerusalem were invited to create site-specific artworks over distance, in close collaboration with other artists, local craftspeople, performers and mediators, and the curatorial team.
The programme took place as a part of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, the largest presentation of contemporary Jewish culture, as well as one of the most important cultural events in Krakow and in Poland. In line with the main theme of the 30th edition of the festival in 2021 – fire – it was titled after the Hebrew term for campfire, kumzits קומזיץ. Derived from the Yiddish words קום (come) and זיץ (sit), the word was originally used to describe an outdoor communal meal or gathering around a fire.
Kumzits was created especially for 30th Jewish Culture Festival in cooperation with Curatorial Collective for Public Art and HaMiffal, and was supported by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Goethe Institut, Municipality of Jerusalem and The City of Krakow.
participating artists: Andi Arnovitz & Cornelia Renz, Dan Farberoff & David Behar Perahia, Ilona Marti, Maya Muchawsky Parnas, Noa Arad Yairi, Pablo Cabrera Ferralis, R. Stein Wexler, and Yael Serlin