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Testimony from Nikifors: “The most important is what I feel”

Testimony from Nikifors: “The most important is what I feel”

On the 15th of May 2014, 3 volunteers from Millennium Bank interviewed disabled artists from the Nikifors program, during artistic workshops in Dłużew (manor house of Academy of Fine Arts). Here is an inspiring excerpt of these interviews from Agnieszka Wojtasik:

“Agnieszka Wojtasik was the first interviewed artist. She is a charming person, with sense of humor, coquetry and distance to herself. She is really an open person and she enjoys life despite her limitations and obstacles. Agnieszka is a vast inspiration for all those who give up after first failures and who do not fight to the end. One moment spent with Agnieszka shows that we have to be determined, to remain ourselves and trust our feelings. Despite obstacles. Agnieszka paints lying down, on the floor, with her fingers. She puts her passion, power and determination. She paints for around 5 years. […] Her main maxim is ‘The most important is… what I feel’. In life and in creative work we have to follow our heart. […] She does not like to create on demand. She underlines that she is really stubborn. […] However, if she paints something on demand, she is still involved and motivated. We had an occasion to see the situation during artistic workshops in Dłużew. Agnieszka, even if she paints on the table (on the floor is more comfortable for her), she is really brave. When we proposed to organize a special space for her, she delightfully answered: “life” – and it means that we have to take life the way it comes and not feeling sorry for ourselves. […] Amazing, strong and very talented girl.”