Goshka Macuga's exhibition is both the first individual presentation of the artist’s work in Poland, as well as a project created especially for Zachęta. Macuga's method of work is called an 'archeology of culture' and is founded to a great extent on the research of archives linked with the history of an institution.
Goshka Macuga, I Am Become Death, Photo: Serge Hasenböhler © Kunsthalle Basel, 2009
Goshka Macuga's exhibition is both the first individual presentation of the artist's work in Poland, as well as a project created especially for Zachęta. Macuga's method of work is called an 'archeology of culture' and is founded to a great extent on the research of archives linked with the history of an institution.
At the exhibition in the Zachęta Gallery, Macuga is preparing a project that concerns censorship in Polish art after 1989, and also attacks of all types on works of art, artists, curators and directors. The entry point for the project will be events linked with Zachęta: the infamous destruction of the works of Piotr Ukłański and the sculpture by Mauricio Cattelan, but the project will also take into account censorships and attacks that have occurred in various institutions in Poland. The exhibition will be preceded by several months of investigations and research in private archives and institutional documentation. The aim of the project is to build an exhibition that constructs new meanings, and proposes to viewers possibilities for a fresh interpretation of facts and artifacts.
Macuga first and foremost creates installations, often making use of the works of other artists, and employing a range of techniques and styles.
Goshka Macuga was born in 1967 in Warsaw. She studied at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and in Goldsmiths College in London. In 2008, she was amongst the four nominees for the prestigious Turner Prize, awarded to the most outstanding young British artist. She has exhibited in such galleries as Whitechapel and Tate Britain in London and in Kunsthalle Basel. In April 2011, she opened an individual exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She is also participating in the forthcoming edition of the Documenta in Kassel. She lives and works in London.
Goshka Macuga. Untitled
03.12 - 19.02
Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Organiser: Zachęta National Gallery of Art
This event is part of the Attention Culture! Cultural Programme of the 2011 Polish EU Presidency
Event description provided by organisers.