A new generation of artists has taken up against power structures in recent years, their creative work offering different perspectives on resistance. But what does "power" mean for this generation? What motivates these artists? Works inspired by forms of resistance are on show in Białystok, presenting a cross-section of interpretations and approaches...
Oliver Ressler, "Comuna Under Construction 44", photo: press matreials
A new generation of artists has taken up against power structures in recent years, their creative work offering different perspectives on resistance. These works are now on display at the Arsenał Gallery in Białystok
But what does "power" mean for this generation? What motivates these artists? Some of them deal firmly with specific political constructs in their content and analyse control models or representations of power, whereas others focus on broader contexts resulting from them. In the artistic verbalisation of this criticism, language, content and concept are often connected and the limits between artistic staging and political action disappear. The art acts directly on life and its duty is to awaken its aesthetic awareness, public spirit and spirit of resistance.
The show deals with a survey of forms of political resistance in contemporary art and presents the most varied types of approach on the topic in a variety of media. "Why Do You Resist?" is undertaken in cooperation with the curators Andrea Domesle (Austria / Switzerland) and Michal Koleček (Czech Repuplic) and on the basis of their touring exhibition, which was already shown in Graz (Forum Stadtpark), in Usti nad Labem (Emil Filla Gallery), in Thun (Kunstmuseum Thun) and in Pori (PoriArt Museum).
Artists: Akademia Ruchu, Zbyněk Baladrán, Thomas Galler, Marina Gržinić & AinaŠmid, Jiří Kovanda, Martin Krenn, Kristina Leko, Jérôme Leuba, Gintaras Makarevicius, Reinigungsgesellschaft, Oliver Ressler, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor.
Curators: Andrea Domesle, Michal Koleček
Opening of the show: February 11, 2011, at 18:00
The exhibition runs from February 11 to March 9, 2011
Galeria "Arsenał" in Białystok
ul.Mickiewicza 2, 15-222 Białystok
director: Monika Szewczyk
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Source: press release