'NEW SETTLEMENT' IN THE VILLAGE OF LUCIM. THE HISTORY OF A PARTICULAR SOCIAL AND ARTISTIC EXPERIMENT (PART II)
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The presentation and analysis of a social and cultural phenomenon: 'new settlement', i.e. a migration from the city to the country in search for fulfilling of an alternative life style, in relation to the predominant patterns, should focus not only on the 'new settlers' and their activities but also on the local community. This article is the second part of the work. The authoress presents and analyzes the case of 'new settlement' in the village of Lucim, an artistic and social experiment undertaken by a group of city artists who moved into that village in the second half of the 20th century. In the first part of the article, published in the last issue of 'Etnografia Polska', the authoress reconstructed the history of the 'new settlement' seen from the perspective of the 'new settlers'. In this part mentioned history is analyzed as viewed by the villagers (local community). The authoress is trying to answer the questions about the way the members of the village community perceive the 'newsettlers', how they interpreted the activity of 'new-settlers' and how they saw the relationship between their community and the group of artists. Nowadays the presence and activity of the artists in Lucim belongs to the past, therefore the memory is the basic category applied in the analysis. Since memory has a narrative structure and 'examining and investigating the memory is to research narrations about the past' (Kaniowska), the narration is the second essential category applied here. She presents and analyzes the narrations of selected inhabitants from Lucim about the 'new settlement' in their village. The analysis of these narrations indicates a variety of interpretations of the presence and activity of the artists in Lucim. There is a polyphony of voices that emerges and its spectrum is situated between the indifference and engagement, between the distance to the phenomenon and the pride coming from its existence, between the popular perception of the artistic activity and a far-reaching reflection about art.
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