How does a war you haven't lived through look like? How do you experience a war you haven't lived through? What is war in times when its image has been replaced by a picture war?
Wars I Have Not Lived Through is a spectacle exploring an uncomfortable and shameful experience of our present day - experience applicable to history voyeurs (that we all are), typical for observers of foreign wars, watching with their eyes full of curiosity from a safe place where war is still just a word, somebody's memory, dangerous fantasy. Fantasy extremely tempting - because it gives us the right to own experiences that aren't ours, to play any part we choose, to live through emotional shock without any real consequences. When an armed conflict in Ukraine has begun, war became a phantom that keeps on haunting Polish theatre, provoking questions about aesthetic responsibility of art, its self-agency and ability to express today's fears. Wars I Have Not Lived Through takes up this issue from a different perspective, making the phenomenon of indirect experiences the center of artistic actions - experiences of wars through series of media pictures and artistic recreations. The spectacle brings to life an Institute where six researches and witnesses analyze in detail - through word, movement and sound - the phenomenon of functioning in a world where war is becoming a contribution to exploring extreme emotions, playing out egotistical scenarios and inappropriate manipulations. How does a war you haven't lived through look like? How do you experience a war you haven't lived? What is war in times when its image has been replaced by a picture war?