Coexistence is the state of living at the same time or in the same place.

It can be also the condition of living in harmony despite different ideologies or interests. “Coexistence” is a complex word, which reflects how it defines an aspect of human existence: the relation between the individual and the surrounding world full of others. Conscious existence is an essential basis of relations. This philosophical matter has been explored by artists throughout ages, and it still inspires new approaches and new answers to old questions.

The exhibition “Co-Existence” is an artistic attempt to expose different aspects of complicated relations between the individual and the surroundings. Everyone is daily confronted with others - as part of a family and of society, as a citizen of a state, as an inhabitant of the Earth. Ideologies, religions, and mass media have great impact on these relations, one that can be beneficial but also destructive.

It is coexistence that creates opportunities for creative exchange. People exchange words…spoken and written. In a written word, the intellectual value of its meaning coexists with the visual form. The thought seeks harmony with the sign - that is why we write.

Izabela Uchman composes pictures based on literary texts using Arabic calligraphy as a means of visual communication. Each work is an artistic record of coexistence between the meaning and aesthetic qualities of the words.

Izabela Maria Uchman is a Polish artist and conservator of fine arts. She received the Master’s degree with distinction in 2002 from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and started working there at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Painting and Polychrome Sculpture.

She has been involved in preservation of ancient Egyptian heritage collaborating as a conservation expert with the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt, the Grand Egyptian Museum Conservation Centre, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology of the University of Warsaw.

She has participated in numerous projects in Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. The most significant among them are conservation and restoration of the Temple Hatshepsut in Luxor and the Second Boat Khufu Project in Giza.

Izabela’s fascination with Arabic language led her to explore calligraphy as a tool of artistic expression. She developed linguistic skills at Warsaw University and the Polish- Arabic Friendship Society, and then broadened her knowledge working as a lecturer at the Linguistic Institute al-Alsun of Ain Shams University in Cairo.

Her artwork represents a dialogue between script and other arts such as drawing and painting. She attempts to create space for encounter between the meaning of the word and its aesthetic form, inviting spectators to find their own harmony of thoughts and signs.

The artist