The idea for Freino's latest exhibition came about during the artist's stay in Kenya. The question posed effectively summarises her artistic process. She presents a message that is little more than a bit of conversation overheard by the artist. It is up to the viewer to piece together the rest of this anonymous exchange. This work is presented alongside earlier works shown in various exhibitions abroad...
Karolina Freino, "Listen it's for you", sound installation, Wroclaw, 2008, photo: press release
The idea for Freino's latest exhibition came about during the artist's stay in Kenya, examining the way random messages are absorbed and interpreted in passing
Despite her close ties with Wrocław, Karolina Freino's work is more frequently shown abroad, in Israel, Serbia, Germany, Belgium. The current show in her home city presents her latest work, alongside older pieces, such as "Over the Rainbow" - a wind-up music box installed during the "The Secret Spots of the City" project, which plays the song, recognised by many as the "Wizard of Oz" theme. The music box was originally located at the street level, inside of an open ventilation shaft outlet and was accessible to any passerby. Another emotional and gripping project from the historical perspective, is titled "Walls and Sandpits". It touches on a very delicate matter of the misuse of German and Jewish gravestones during the rebuilding process of the city of Szczecin.
According to the show's curators, the question "How are you?" is a concise and transparent one as it effectively summarises the author's artistic process. She presents a message that is little more than a bit of conversation overheard by the artist. It is up to the viewer to piece together the rest of this anonymous exchange.
Karolina Freino, born in 1978 in Szczecin, is recognised as one of the most interesting and active young Polish artists. Her long standing ties with the international group "usually4"; which date back to her time at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, allowed her to work closely with the group on various projects. An avid observer of constantly occurring geo-political and economical change, often undetected by the untrained eye. She manages to bring forth these images of technological progress by making them available to users of public spaces while unavailing them through subtle, poetic, albeit rather condensed, ideas. She combines various media to create a signature style that pushes the anomalies of our global reality through the prism of the human psyche, shaped by the artist's own experience in her native Eastern Europe.
Curators: Anka Mituś i Piotrek Stasiowski
The exhibition runs between May 7-21, 2011.
Studio BWA Wrocław
ul. Ruska 46 a, 2nd Floor
link*www.bwa.wroc.pl*http://www.bwa.wroc.pl/index.php?l=pl&id=517&b=4&w=1** **Source: press materials