Justyna Banaszczyk, Darek Pietraszewski, Tomek Popakul
Curator: Dominika Szpinda
Temple of Urania is an audio-visual project by a micro collective Banaszczyk, Pietraszewski, Popakul
from Poland. It is based on an artistic residency, held just before the outbreak of the pandemic in Jersey,
Channel Islands. The project aims to create a temple, a portal to a non-binary world.
Inspired by “Les Jeux uraniens” (Uranian Games), an unfinished and unpublished controversial
manuscript by Claude Cahun (born Lucy Schwob), a surrealist artist and activist of Jewish origin who,
together with her partner, also artist Marcel Moore (born Suzanne Malherbe) inhabited the island.
Cahun, ahead of the gender and non-binary terms’ existence, sought a space free from divisions,
experimenting with the body, appearance and sexuality. “Masculine? Feminine? ” wrote in “Aveux non
Avenus” (Disavowals) “It depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me. ”
During the occupation of Jersey in the WWII, both artists risked their freedom and potentially lives by
producing unique anti-fascist propaganda.
Temple of Urania is an audio-visual installation consisting of synthetic and organic projections
synchronized with ambient sound composed of field-recordings and read excerpts from selected Cahun