Anna „Mirosava” Bachanek – born in 1963 in Kazimierz Dolny, lives and works in Puławy. A painter and poet. A graduate of Art Education at the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Between 1985 and 1988, she was associated with the Sternenhoch group. She took part in the “Expressions of the 80s” exhibition at the BWA gallery in Sopot in 1986. For years, she has been associated with the Youth Cultural Centre in Puławy.


Maps from the cycle In times of war, the Muses fall silent, 1986–1987
courtesy of the artist

“War passes when sleep returns,” sang one of the most important musicians of the independent scene at the time, Lech Janerka, in 1986. The pessimistic atmosphere of a permanent state of tension and conflict hanging in the air saturates the art of the second half of the 80s; at that time, no one knew that it was the art of the last stages of the Cold War. In this context, one of the paintings associated with the Lublin alternative artist, Mirosava, seems prophetic; in this painting, she presents a school map showing the Roman Empire. It is a cry of resistance against the oppression of a system based on violence, while also comprising a protest against the surrounding greyness, manifested through the aesthetics of the “new wild ones” painters. The Soviet empire was soon to share the fate of Rome, but today it can be seen how fragile was the dream of “the end of history”, of the triumph of democracy and peace.