Renata Jaworska, salem2salem,

 This interdisciplinary and intercultural artists exchange was created in 2010 with the idea that in order for art to grow and flourish, it must be exposed to different perspectives and experiences. Each year a new group of thirty artists are alternately hosted either in Salem, New York, or Salem, Germany to inspire one another, using new relationships to create a more in-depth understanding of the artistic process.Over the initiative’s first three years, artists representing a number of different mediums, generations, and cultural backgrounds participated. In 2012, painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, and multi-media artists from all over the world converged on the grounds of Schloß Salem (Salem Castle) on Lake Constance, Salem, Germany. During the three week residency, participating artists exchanged ideas, expanding their creative approach both as individuals and together as a group.

Renata Jaworska, salem2salem

There is never a theme or subject prescribed to salem2salem, and the goal is not necessarily to have a finished product by the end of the residency. The place and the group are the theme, and the participating artists are free to create as they wish. Emphasis is placed on participants taking the time to experiment with various approaches and ways of working as an important component of the artistic process.


The foundry at SAW is an arts education and training facility where professional artists and students are encouraged to engage in all stages of the casting process.  Facilities include a coke fired furnace with a 600 pound capacity, a 3,100 square foot mold making studio, a wax melt out kiln for investment castings, and a fully equipped metal shop for finishing work.  Consumables such as core glue, grinding discs, and lumber are available.

Salem, New York, Renata Jaworska
19 Cary Lane,
Salem, NY 12865
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Renata Jaworska, educated at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf, has exhibited extensively throughout Poland, Germany and London since 2004 and focuses on collaborative performance and painting. Most recently she has collaborated with twenty American and fourteen German artists in Lake Constance, Germany for the project Salem2Salem, a pilot scheme of Bodensee Kulturraum that encourages interdisciplinary art production and takes its inspiration from the Bauhaus movement. Her "119-minute circle" project also called "a dancing congress" was held on 14th of march 2010 at Whitechapel Gallery in London. She invited representatives of sixteen different nations who gathered at the "The Nature of the Beast" – international, round table to form a live human exhibition. The piece was instigated in front of an installation by Goshka Macuga that explored Pablo Picasso’s Guernica exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1939, thus framing it with a reader-centric production of material exploring connections between art, propaganda and war. Each participant recited their national anthem individually followed by all reciting them again simultaneously creating a cacophony of dissonance, miscommunication and aural power struggles. The conference aimed to emphasize the rules of cultural identity whilst highlighting the sense of duty, individualism, thought process and behavior of each individual. Through this project Renata commented contemporary times, particularly the lack of communication among people and the feeling of loss experienced by many. Recording of the “119-minute circle” project as well as a documentation and research material would be a part of an exhibition Young Polish Art_ Metal at Metal Chalkwell Hall in Southend on Sea between 8th-12th of September. Born 1979, Poland. Lives in Germany and Poland