Jacek Zachodny (POL): The Drought

Jacek Zachodny: The Drought. 2018. Photo: Jacek Zachodny.

Jacek Zachodny creates paintings, videos, texts, installations and performances that address issues of remembrance, evanescence and intercultural communication.

The Earth’s existence proceeds in cycles dominated by change. Waves of destruction are followed by nature flourishing. The ecosystem in Finland, rich in water and forests, is based upon a thin layer of acidic soil. Despite the impression of longevity, it is fragile and vulnerable to natural disasters such as drought or soil sterilization. The Drought created a space of a desert garden by framing familiar natural surroundings and adding drift wood, tree trunks, stones, gravel and the bones of small animals found on the roadsides. This garden was intended for attention and meditation. Once created, the garden underwent changes resulting from intermittent weather conditions and the accidental migration of plants.

The Drought highlighted the changes initiated by humans and nature, unstoppable and progressing. It addressed climate change and global ecology through reflecting on the specifics of Finnish geography. By rethinking the concept of a garden and highlighting the impact of water and its absence, the artwork observed our relationship with nature and our cultural surroundings.


Jacek Zachodny is a graduate at Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. He creates paintings, videos, texts, installations and performances, addressing issues of remembrance, evanescence and intercultural communication. Holder of several grants, his works are featured in public collections, i.a. at the MoCAK Museum in Kraków. He is also a co-creator of Art Brut Gallery in Wrocław. He works with intellectually challenged artists, and his works have been presented at the Media Art Biennale WRO and within exhibitions at the WRO Art Center.