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KUMZITS. Come and sit.

25.06.2021 - 11:00 - 19:00 / Kazimierz | various localizations

Come and sit, Przyjdź i usiądź, בוא/י שב/י 

We miss being able to get together, so we created “Kumzits”, which means campfire in Hebrew. A group of us from Jerusalem, Berlin and Krakow developed eight art projects in public space. They are our proverbial campfire. Although most of us could not make it here in person, we are all around Kazimierz. Come and share a moment with us. 

 “Kumzits” is a collaborative experimental project between Berlin, Jerusalem and Krakow. It shows eight public art projects and urban interventions around Kazimierz, the historical Jewish quarter in the center of Krakow, ranging from sculpture, installations and posters to audio walks, live drawing sessions and participatory embroidery. Ten artists from Berlin and Jerusalem are invited to create site-specific artworks over distance, in close collaboration with other artists, local craftspeople, performers and mediators, and the curatorial team. 

The programme takes place as part of the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, the largest presentation of contemporary Jewish culture, as well as one of the most important cultural events in Krakow and in Poland. In line with the main theme of the 30th edition of the festival in 2021 – fire – it is titled after the Hebrew term for campfire, kumzits קומזיץ. Derived from the Yiddish words קום (come) and זיץ (sit), the word was originally used to describe an outdoor communal meal or gathering around a fire. Within this project, the term is recontextualized as a concept for communal experience in a time when physical gathering is no longer a given. 


„Nashkevellin” >>>

Andi Arnovitz & Cornelia Renz 

in cooperation with Hila Lulu Lin Farah Kufer Birim, Iwona Demko, Angela Hampel, Malwina Niespodziewana, Joanna Pawlik, Tanja Seltzer, Nomi Tannhauser 


“Tent of Assembly” >>>

Dan Farberoff & David Behar Perahia 

in cooperation with Oskar Krasoń & Adam Zduńczyk 


“Phone Home” >>>

Ilona Marti 

in cooperation with Izabela Gruchała, Kirill Aleksandrov, Jenet Chilgezkuliyeva, Weronika Kozłowska, Agnieszka Marecka, Ieva Matkevičiūtė, Martin Perring, Adam Zduńczyk 


“Hanging by a thread” >>>

Maya Muchawsky Parnas 


„The Artist is Absent” >>>

Noa Arad Yairi 


“Sit with me. Your own Krakow. Souvenirs 4 free!” >>>

Pablo Cabrera Ferralis 


“64.000 Stones” >>>

R. Stein Wexler 


“HaMapah” >>>

Yael Serlin 


Kumzits curatorial team:

Yael Sherill, Lianne Mol & Julia Kawka – Curatorial Collective for Public Art, Berlin 

Meydad Eliyahu – HaMiffal, Jerusalem 

Paweł Kowalewski – Jewish Culture Festival, Kraków 


The Curatorial Collective for Public Art (CCPA) develops curatorial formats for the production, mediation and representation of art in public space, public art and urban interventions. As an agency for site-specific, transdisciplinary, critical and transitory public art, it approaches curatorial practice as a collective endeavor on the intersection of concept, organization and design. The collective combines the members’ collective interests and expertise in curatorial practice, exhibition and stage design, cultural mediation, research, dramaturgy and project management in the field of site-specific theater, transdisciplinary art in public space and socially engaged practices. CCPA is an independent, nomadic collective based in Berlin although without a fixed space, working across a variety of localities and collaborating with institutional partners and project spaces. 

Yael Sherill (Israel) is a freelance curator, cultural manager and dramaturg working between the performing and visual arts. In her work, she explores mediation in and as art with an emphasis on art in public space. Yael also researches meta-curatorial questions relating to speculative financial models for artistic production, including decentralized networks, blockchains, cooperatives and ensemble work. 

Lianne Mol (The Netherlands) is an independent curator, cultural manager and researcher. In her practice she experiments with curatorial formats and cultural mediation, with a focus on art in public space, socially engaged art and institutional critique. She also researches sustainability questions in the fashion industry.  

Julia Kawka (Germany) is active as producer for art in public space and freelance set designer in the field of performing arts with an emphasis on site-specific documentary theatre and international productions. 


Meydad Eliyahu is a Jerusalem based artist, curator, and art educator. Eliyahu’s public, site specific art projects deal with memory and hidden layers of cultural history . Eliyahu curated ‘Sambation’ project of HaMiffal at the JCF 28th edition as well as other projects in Jerusalem and abroad. 

HaMiffal, “The Factory”, is an artist-run culture center located in an historic compound in central Jerusalem. It provides an open platform for the meeting and exchange of ideas across multiple identities in Jerusalem and beyond. 


This project is supported by the Foundation for Polish – German Cooperation, Goethe Institut and The City of Jerusalem. 


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