SURPLUS Dance Performance and Zine Launch

Following the party, a SURPLUS pop-up shop will be present at Calvert 22 Space all day on Saturday 2 June, 12–6pm, featuring limited-edition ready-to-wear fashion and prints by SURPLUS and multimedia installations by Lukasz Jasiukowicz.

Join us for an evening of photography and dance to launch the new publication from SURPLUS, a collaborative artistic project about fashion, visual arts and overproduction born of the Polish art scene.

The evening will feature a performance by artist Bożna Milan entitled SHADE, inspired by voguing and “throwing shade”, alongside a preview of the new zine WTF IS SURPLUS, featuring a photographic project by artist Zuza Krajewska.

About the performance

SHADE sets up voguing as a tool for viewing reality. Bożna Milan animates the text of SURPLUS for the stage, making reference to the custom of “throwing shade” at one’s opponent in the heat of the voguing competition. The work is a collaboration between artists Magda Buczek and Bożna Wydrowska.

Director: Magda Buczek

Performance: Bożna Milan

Music: Wiktor Milczarek

Text: Magda Buczek

About the publication

WTF IS SURPLUS is a series of portraits juxtaposed with texts printed on clothing. The subjects live mostly in Poland, and are artists, activists and workers confronted by symbolic or material overproduction. They form a unique narrative in which used garments are animated by body warmth and movement, becoming performers and agents of visual poetry in public space.

Photos by Zuza Krajewska. Booklet created and and designed by Magda Buczek and Emilia Obrzut.


SURPLUS lies at the intersection of fashion, visual arts and activism.  The project takes its cue from the overproduction and relates to the fashion of the 1980s and 90s, when statement t-shirts were often seen as a personal declaration. Wearing one in the public space was an act that suggested a genuine political gesture.

Visual artist Magda Buczek reuses texts from previous projects and art research and prints them on recycled clothes. They are a product of excess in the fashion industry and art production. SURPLUS creates a new meaning and can be consumed again.

The project is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the brand and is part of its programme promoting Polish design worldwide.

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