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Migration – and its counterpart homecoming – is increasingly recognised as a positive state of mind and embraced by artists as part of their practice. Yet Scots and Poles have been doing it for centuries. Horsecross becomes a home away from home for half a year for three prominent Polish artists.

Three new works will be commissioned, produced and acquired for the Horsecross collection showing as 22-channel video installations at Threshold Wave area as part of the artists' first solo exhibitions in Scotland.

Izabella Gustowska's work is celebrated for its pioneering use of video. Much of her oeuvre could be summed up in the word 'ona' – Polish for 'her' – evolving narratives of the contemporary woman and the male gaze. Be it a girl riding her bike or identical triplets – Kasia, Ewa and Magda, two roller skating students or a stranger with her accordion.

Igor Krenz is probably best known internationally for his approach to film-making as 'a logical mind game'. Krenz's video vignettes are often tales about life cycles, cause and effect, improbability and accuracy, held together by playful scenarios.

Julita Wojcik claims to be 'an average girl' who does not 'feel the need to pose or aspire to be somebody else'. A chronicler of the 'provincial hometown aesthetics', her work endeavours to expose the gender division of labour. In her performances Wojcik often adopts the personas of the traditional housewife versus the professional artist.

Scottish Tides – Polish Spring produced by Horsecross for Threshold artspace in partnership with 55degrees, Glasgow and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. Supported by the Scottish Executive's Homecoming Scotland, Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Scottish Arts Council.

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Izabella Gustowska, Igor Krenz, Julita Wojcik

Kuratoren: Iliyana Nedkova, Urszula Sniegowska