Krzysztof Czyzewski

Practitioner of ideas. Animator of intercultural dialog. Archaeologist of memory. Poet, essayist. Editor, translator. Traveller.

Born in Warsaw 6 July 1958.
 
Graduate in Polish literature at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
Diploma work: The Book of Way of Czesław Miłosz.
 
Initially closely related to the avant-garde theatre movements. He was one of the co-creators of the "Gardzienice" Theatre with which he worked from 1977 up to 1983. He undertakes a cycle of trips to places all over the world where the authentic traditional culture still exists. 
 
In 1983, during the martial law in Poland he establishes the periodical "Czas Kultury" (Time of Culture), which after 1989 came of the "underground" (became legal).
In the second half of the eighties he has been giving lectures about the history of culture and aesthetics in the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. 
At the same time he establishes the "Arka" theatre and initiates the "Meeting Village" project in Czarna Dabrówka in Kaszuby Region in which alternative theatre and culture creators of all Europe and America has been participating.
 
All this cultural activities during that difficult time were possible thanks to a small independent business company he established in 1984 specializing in carpets cleaning.
 
In 1990 he becomes one of the initiators of the "Borderland" Foundation and becomes it's President. In 1991 he establishes the Centre "Borderland of Cultures, Arts, Nations" and becomes it's director. It is cultural institution co-founded by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Podlaskie Province Regional Assembly Government. 
 
The Centre is located in a small town Sejny, former “shetl”, on the Polish-Lithuanian-Belarusian borderland. The “Borderland” revitalized the jewish quarter in a very centre of the town, and has its studios for art and education programs in former Hebrew gymnasium, yeshiva and synagogue. 
 
In 2011, June 30, for the centenary of Czesław Milosz's birth and for the beginning of Polish Presidency in European Union, together with his Borderland team he opened an International Center for Dialog in Krasnogruda near Sejny in the reconstructed manor house of once Milosz's family.
 
In the framework of the Foundation and The Centre he realizes among others the following projects: Meeting the Other or on Virtue of Tolerance, The Memory of Ancient Times, Home – Nest – Temple, Central European Cultural Forum, Open Region of Central and Eastern Europe, The Borderland Culture Documentary Centre, The Borderland School, Class of Cultural Heritage, Café Europa, Glass Bead Game, Mobile Academy “New Agora”, Laboratories of Intercultural Dialog, Tales of Coexistence.
 
In 1993 he becomes the founder and editor-in-chief of the "Krasnogruda" magazine, devoted to Central and Eastern European cultures, art and literature. He is editor of Borderland Publishing House, in charge of the series “Meridian” and “Neighbours”.
 
He published regularly his essays in 'Kultura' (Paris). He is translated into many languages and published in different countries (among others USA, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, France, Canada).
 
In 2001 he published both in USA and Poland his book-manifesto “The Path of the Borderland”. In 2008 his new collection of essays was published under the title “Line of Return. Notes from the Borderland” (Cogito Prize nomination for the best book in 2008). Other books: “The Ethos of the Borderland” (Belgrade 2010), “The Stranger – The Other – The Kin: A Conversation on the River Bank” (Lviv-Kyiv 2010), and “The Line of Return. Notes from the Borderland” (Kyiv 2013). Co-author and editor of the books “Trust and Identity. A Handbook of Dialogue” (Sejny 2011) and “Miłosz – Dialogue – Borderland” (Sejny 2011). 
 
In 2007 he was invited by University of Michigan to deliver a prestigious “Copernicus Lecture”. He was a lecturer and speaker of the Academy of Fine Arts (Poznań), Warsaw University, Vilnius University, New School University (New York), Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (Cracow), Salzburg Seminar, Center for Humanities at Lviv University, Ilia State University (Tbilisi), Harvard University, Berkeley University, Public Library (New York, Los Angeles, Toronto). 
 
He coordinates several projects about intercultural dialogue in Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Indonesia, Bhutan and USA. 
 
He was an Artistic Director of the Lublin candidancy for European Capital of Culture and was nominated as an Artistic Director of European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016, keeping this position for years 2012-2013. 
 
For many years he was a member of the Art and Culture Sub-Board in Open Society Institute in Budapest and a President of European Network of Literary Centers HALMA (Berlin). 
He is a Chairman of the Jury of the Irena Sendlerowa Prize (Warsaw) and a President of the Board of Eastern Partnership Congress of Culture (Lublin).
 
Member of the Remarque Circle (New York University), Board of the Czeslaw Milosz Birthplace Foundation (Kaunas), The International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education (Wroclaw), The Art and Modernity Foundation (Warsaw).
In 2003 he was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship. 
 
The winner of the POLCUL Foundation Prize, The Prize of Stanisław Wyspianski for Young Artists, The Paris-based "Culture" (Kultura) Magazine Prize for the Year 1996.  
He is a Gabor Bethlen’s Prize (Budapest) winner in 1998 for a “Man of Central Europe” as well as Alexander Langer Prize (Rome), Dialog Award (Berlin), Central European Award “New Culture of  New Europe” (Krynica) and Pontifex Award (Warsaw).
 
In 2007 from the Kronenberg Foundation he received a special Aleksander Gieysztor Prize for innovation and dedication in protecting cultural heritage. 
In 2008 he was nominated as Ambassador of European Year of Intercultural Dialog (Brussels).
In May 1999 he was awarded  by Jerzy Giedroyć of  a 'Small Sceptre of Polish Culture' Prize.
In December 2000 he received, together with Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a prestigious ‘Medal of St. George’ from editors and readers of ‘Tygodnik Powszechny’ (Cracow). 
 
President of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, awarded him with an order of Giediminas (2001); Israeli Ambasador, Szewach Weiss, awarded him with a honorary prize for merits in preserving Jewish cultural heritage in Poland (2001); and President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski, awarded him with a Cross “Polonia Restituta” (2002).
 
He was awarded by Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Władysław Bartoszewski, for the promoting Polish culture in the world (2001) and  by the Ecumenical Foundation “Tolerance” with the title “Meritorious for the Tolerance” (2003).
 
He lives in Krasnogruda on Polish-Lithuanian border with wife Mołgorzata and two children, Weronika and Stanislaw.
 

Krzysztof Czyżewski in Sofia Lecture in Panitza Library in Sofia / March 21, 2018. 1-3pm
8th ELIA Leadership Symposium with the participation of Krzysztof Czyżewski The 8th Leadership Symposium organized by The European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) will take place from 29th November to 1st December. This year's edition will bring together nearly 60 influential leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe. One of the participants is Krzysztof Czyżewski - director of the Borderland.
Krzysztof Czyżewski - lecture On March 27, 2017, Krzysztof Czyżewski delivered a lecture “Medea, the Myth of Borderlands” at Princeton University
Borderland in Vatican City State / 23-26 of October 2015 The event, organized by the Polish and German Embassy to the Holy See, was prepared with the participation of "Borderland".
Krzysztof Czyzewski - lecture at Yale Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism. Wednesday, March 8
"Lithuanian Paths to Modernity" Egidijus Aleksandravičius                                          " Here is the country called the Republic of Lithuania, once erased from the map of Europe, small and unvanquished, similar in that perhaps to Portugal and Ireland, member of the European Union, which did not share the fate of Languedoc, Savoy or Transylvania and was able to claim its independence. A traveler visiting here...
LEONIDAS DONSKIS – A FAREWELL How is it possible? In that one moment, early in the morning at the Vilnius airport on the way from Šeteniai to Petersburg, on that Wednesday the 21st of September, when the world was celebrating the Order of the Smile and in churches people joined in a Prayer for Peace, on the anniversary of Virgil’s passing and the murder of 1159 Jewish neighbours by the death commando in Vėlučionys near Vilnius …; 
Keynote speech by Krzysztof Czyżewski on „Second Annual Leszek Kołakowski Symposium” in Vienna Krzysztof Czyżewski  " …there is no logical passage” or: about Restoration of the Invisible Bridge between Self and the World. [1] To the Memory of Leonidas Donskis   What we can learn from Leszek Kołakowski about the bond between the Self and World if there is no logical passage?
Krzysztof Czyżewski Building Coexistence: Part II Krzysztof Czyżewski /  Building Coexistence: Part II The story continues The story continues.  Trying to envisage further lives of the characters from the story of the two monks we may ask: What did they do after the encounter at the riverbank?
Discussion with Krzysztof Czyżewski in Belgrad / 6th of June 2016 The Center for Cultural Decontamination and the Embassy of the Republic of  Poland in Belgrad are inviting you on a discussion with Krzysztof Czyżewski "Invisible Bridges: Towards Culture of Solidarity".   
Back to Borders? Panel Debate at the EGP Council in Utrecht/ 21 May 2016 The Green European Journal is organising a panel discussion in connection to its latest edition 'Checkpoint Europe: The Return of Borders' on Saturday May 21st in the framework of the spring council of the European Green Party.  
Borderland in America Lectures, workshops and presentations run by Krzysztof CzyżewskiLectures, workshops and presentations run by Krzysztof Czyżewski.    from March 24 - April 14, 2016 at the universities of  Rutgers (Newark), Illinois (Chicago) and Princeton.  
Krzysztof Czyżewski - The Arts, Community, Rutgers-Newark and Change A  T H I R D  S P A C E: The Arts, Community, Rutgers-Newark and Change  – a public forum – Tuesday March 29th Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art 591 Broad Street, Newark  6:00 - 8 p.m. 
The Border Stone by Krzysztof Czyżewski Krzysztof Czyżewski, The Border Stone, Green European Journal 11/03/2016. Volume 12 THE BORDER STONE The following poem was originally published as a chapter of Krzystof Czyżewski’s book ‘The Path of the Borderland’ published in bilingual English-Polish edition by Sitka Center for Art & Ecology (USA) and Borderland Foundation (Poland).
Krzysztof Czyzewski about Stanislaw Baranczak Krzysztof Czyżewski „Stanislaw Baranczak: A Widening Horizon”; translated by Elzbieta Matynia. November 20, 2015 on www.publicseminar.org Barańczak is no longer with us.  In a while no one will give credence any more to the existence of this Atlantis, this man who transcended boundaries imposed by human force and a system of power. Just like the sunken platonic continent on which there existed or did not exist a civilization more excellent than ours, his work enters the depths of our cultural memory and...
Krzysztof Czyżewski / 2015 Sendler Awards 2015 Sendler Awards  SAN FRANCISCO — Taube Philanthropies has named two Polish citizens whom it will honor with its 2015 Irena Sendler Memorial Award: Krzysztof Czyżewski, social activist, intellectual, and founding director of the Borderland Foundation (Fundacja Pogranicze) in Sejny, and Dr. Jan Kulczyk, Polish businessman, who donated more than $6 million to the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, the largest single gift to the museum....
The Polish Institute invites to a new series of lectures Once a month The Polish Institute in Tel Aviv  will host a representative either of the Polish academy or culture circles who will lecture and discuss different subjects on Polish-Jewish relations history, present days and future. 
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