Joanna Rajkowska, The Peterborough Child at Wysing Arts Centre

l’étrangère is excited to be working with Polish artist, Joanna Rajkowska.

Rajkowska’s ongoing public art project, The Peterborough Child, will become a new permanent work at Wysing Arts Centre with a special event to mark its launch on Saturday 20 June, 2-4pm.

The Peterborough Child was started in 2012 and has travelled to Poland and back again and inspired both a film and a great deal of unwonted controversy. That controversy led it to remain mothballed in storage in Peterborough for nearly three years.

The work has the appearance of a staged archaeological dig; Rajkowska describes it as ‘a chakra – a place of focused, accumulated energy’. At the centre of that energy is a tiny replica skeleton of a thirty week old foetus. An emotive image, but one intended as a response to the location of Peterborough as a site of ancient graves. After nearly three years in storage, Wysing Arts Centre has been given custodianship of The Peterborough Child. More information about the work can be found here