"We are asking the invited artists about the processes producing Warsaw's public space today, the city's visual structure, the memory and experience of its inhabitants' everyday life, about what in the dominant 'distribution of the sensible' is visible and what is not. We will also consider the place and function of art in shaping up the public space."
Zbyněk Baladrán socio-fiction (II.) 2005-7, video still
courtesy of the artist
"The post-socialist space is characterised by a multiplicity of logics many of which are seemingly incompatible, e.g. the politics of symbolic commemoration, representation of power, closely defined images of national, religious or cultural identity, functions parallel to the cities' opening to global capital flows and an economy based on knowledge, entertainment and culture. The latter factors are rapidly changing the models of urban production, destabilising extant social hierarchies. The processes of neo-liberal slackening are accompanied by the institution of new control regimes, new borders and exclusions. One can clearly see the weakness of the urban public space, construed as the democratic agora, the place where the interests of different social groups are negotiated or even where antagonisms can clash, relative to the power of state-apparatus control and investor influence.
We are asking the invited artists about the processes producing Warsaw's public space today, the city's visual structure, the memory and experience of its inhabitants' everyday life, about what in the dominant 'distribution of the sensible' is visible and what is not. We will also consider the place and function of art in shaping up the public space.
New pieces will be created as part of the project, the majority of them in Warsaw's public space, and their documentation will be then presented at the Zachęta's Mały Salon. These pieces will be realised successively between April and July 2008, and the exhibition will expand and evolve as the artists carry out their activities. In April, we will produce Truth's piece The Stall, which will be located at an attractive street-vending spot in Warsaw's public space. Łukasz Gronowski's video piece You Can Do Better Than That will be shown between commercials on the screen on top of the Sezam department store at the corner of Marszałkowska and Świętokrzyska.
Vahram Aghasyan Kvartal 16 2003, 4:33, video still, ErewańAngelika Fojtuch will do a public-space performance. Other projects will be announced on a current basis in an online blog specially created for the purpose
link*http://ancity.blogspot.com* http://ancity.blogspot.com **.
At the same time, from 9 April we are presenting at Mały Salon a video and slide archive showing the works and documentations of artistic projects realised in a number of other post-socialist cities (Petersburg, Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Zagreb, Lublana, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Skopje). These works deal with topics such as the collapse of the socialist project, including industrialisation and collective housing, contemporary economic divisions in the cities, the lack of material continuity, architectural chaos, tourism and image commercialisation, the peripheries vs. the centre, the possibilities of alternative collective artistic and political action, the forms of activity and adaptation in the face of an unpredictable and risky economic situation... The archive will make it possible to compare the perspective of Warsaw's transformation with processes occurring in the other cities. Though their community has increasingly been seen as stigmatising and petrifying no longer valid geopolitical and cultural divisions, it may offer a chance for gaining a better understanding of Warsaw's situation in a different context, going beyond the dominant system of references to Western cities."**Invited artists (attention! The list can change): Zbyněk Baladrán (Prague), Rahim Blak (Cracow), Bergamot (Volha Maslouskaya/Brześć i Raman Tratsiuk/Poznań), Grzegorz Drozd (Warsaw), Angelika Fojtuch
(Gdynia), Łukasz Gronowski (Warsaw), Roman Dziadkiewicz
(Cracow), Andreja Kulunčić (Zagreb), Miklós Mécs (Budapest), Anna Niesterowicz
(Warsaw), Tadej Pogačar (Lublana), Karol Radziszewski (Warsaw), Joanna Rajkowska
(Warsaw), R.E.P. - Ksenia Gnilitskaya, Nikita Kadan, Janna Kadyrova, Lesia Khomenko, Vladimir Kuznetsov, Lada Nakonechnaya (Kiev), Piotr Sakowski (Warsaw), Truth (Wrocław), Twożywo
(Warsaw), Mona Vatamanu i Florin Tudor (Bucharest).
The Archive: Vahram Aghasyan (Yerewan), Zbyněk Baladrán (Prague), Chto Delat (Petersburg), Miklós Erhardt (Budapest), Katharina Koch (Reclaiming Space - Public Art Bucharest 2007, kuratorzy: Marius Babias and Sabine Hentzsch), Daniela Kostova (Sofia), Andreja Kulunčić (Zagreb), Khinkali Juice (Nadia Tsulukidze & Sophia Tabatadze – Tbilisi), Tadej Pogačar (Lubljana), Nada Prlja (Skopje/London), Marija Mojca Pungerčar (Lubljana), Stefan Rusu (Kisinev), Škart (Dragan Protić i Đorđe Balmazović - Belgrade), School of Arts, Culture and Environment University of Edinburgh – Tracking the City: Warsaw.
curators: Joanna Sokołowska, Benjamin Cope
collaboriation: Kamil Malinowski, Agata Pietrasik
9 April 2008 - 31 July 2008
Zachęta National Gallery of Art
pl. Małachowskiego 3