Marta Kołakowska / State of the Art / Warsaw Insider 03/2017

‘Warsaw Insider: What’s Leto’s mission?

Marta Kołakowska: I wanted to enable young artists from outside the capital to break into the Warsaw art scene, to expose and introduce them to the environment and the people invovled in the institutions. As such, many big names had their first exhibitions in Leto, people like Alex Urban, Bianka Rolando, Radek Szlaga, Wojciech Bąkowski, Konrad Smoleński, Honza Zamojski and Wojciech Puś.

WI: Could you describe the relationship between a gallery owner and an artis…

MK: I’m fascinated by the artists I work with. I’m impressed and intrigued by their determination and consistency when it comes to creating art. I’ve worked with many of the for years and years, so it’s been interesting to see how they’ve changed and matured over the course of time. It hasn’t always been a smooth path, but they have the courage to make mistakes and that makes success sweeter: they’ve demonstrated the importance of staying faithful to their ideas. It’s no bed of roses: there are bad times, disappointments and arguments. The atmosphere can get fraught and intense whe you don’t always agree with someone but I wouldn’t have it any other way.(…)’

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