A dialogue between adult artists and children. The adult exhibition "Strach przed ciemnością" / "Fear of darkness" and "Oswajanie świata" / "Initiation into the world" prepared by children are complementary to each other...
The exhibition "Strach przed ciemnością" / "Fear of darkness" is a presentation of modern art by artist of the young and middle generation. It is aimed at a specific audience - children. This exhibition allows them to experience different types of artistic expression and get familiarised with art through creative involvement. The second exhibition "Oswajanie świata" / "Initiation into the world" is an attempt to show the diversity of children's creativity in Poland.
The Biennale takes place in venues around the city. Apart from culture institutions the works are being exhibited in parts of the city not typically associated with art. The audience, including entire families, are offered an 'artistic outdoor game' - a more attractive, less static form of exhibition. This increases the chance for the young audience to become interested in modern art, giving an opportunity to see their city from a different angle, to rediscover it.
Marta Lisok is the curator of the "professional" exhibition. The artists contributing to the exhibition work with different media – most of the works are sculptures, however there are also paintings and performances. The works are connected by the common theme from the title "Strach przed ciemnością" / "Fear of darkness". The exhibition deals with the role of fairy tales in the development of the child's psyche and coping with their fears during the process of growing up. Therefore it is hardly a coincidence that the exhibition featured so many disturbing, strange objects, sculpture hybrids composed of human body parts or inanimate objects.
These are the works of Karolina Żyniewicz, Erwina Ziomkowska and Michał Smandek. All of them are disturbing, magic objects acting as a catalyst for change, reaching a higher level of mental development.
The paint equivalents of this group of works are Basia Bańda's water-colours from her series "Koszmary" / "Nightmares". The tension is created here on the junction of beautiful form and disturbing content. The teddy bear - a synonym of child safety - is crying with blood and the eye-catching stains form terrifying shapes.
A different group of exhibited works seems to be portraying fairy tales as a world of fantasy with limitless possibilities. Invited to the exhibition, Łukasz Jastrubczak reached back to the world of childhood games and created a large-scale cardboard object resembling a leg of a robot. Bartek Buczek is showing his paintings in a magical place where ordinary stones can turn into gold with the power of imagination. Marek Kuś approached the task in a similar way. The artist took his theme of a multiplied human figure and placed in the city. There is also colour - an element very rare for this artist. Piotr Lutyński, a strong believer in art as a total, interdisciplinary game, came to Katowice with a group of friends on a bus converted into an art studio to play for the local audience.
Ewa Kokot, who is the curator of the second part of the exhibition - "Oswajanie świata" / "Initiation into the world" - has engaged different organisations that specialise in art activities with children. The starting point, inspired by Fluxus premises "Instrukcja Artystyczna" offered an open, interdisciplinary form of activities.
And so a series of short films was shot in Warsaw with mobile phones; "scary mascots" held a specific workshop in Szczecin, reading out fears of individual children; a happening by local teenagers took place in Bytom; in Poznań, younger children created a group of works during a workshop on meditation; in Katowice young participants "disenchanted reality" using different art techniques; while a "tube-phone" created in Toruń tames reality with sound.
Opening: 14th of August 2011 at 16:00.
Exhibition runs till the 30th of September 2011.
The exhibitions are held at Sektor I and Ściana Sztuki Dziecka at the Centrum Kultury Katowice, the Small Space of BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice, the Ateneum Theatre and around the city of Katowice.
Source: press release, www.ck.art.pl