Our Lady of Air Pollution

audio installation (with headphones)

Ewa Winiarczyk

Poland is the most religious country in the EU - and during winter also the most polluted one. The air pollution in small towns is not caused by industrialisation, but rather human activity: burning household trash, which ranges from rubber to plastic. This project tackles the issue in a site-specific way, focusing on an off-season spa town Busko-Zdrój, which reaches deadly pollution levels every year. It aims to temporarily shift the power of religion - from being connected with constant human rights violation (especially in the context of rigorous abortion laws) to a social change catalyst. The process involves a letter sent to Pope Francis, smog detecting religious artefacts and local participation, among others.