Friday, July 22, 2011

Desire is WAR exhibition view




























A few photos from my "Transilvania" series are featured in the "Desire is WAR" exhibition at The Contemporary Art Gallery of The National Brukenthal Museum (Sibiu, Romania). Here are some installation pics of the show (all by Stefan Jammer).

Thursday, July 21, 2011

THE ONLY GAY IN THE VILLAGE




























DIK Fagazine is featured in the exhibition:

'THE ONLY GAY IN THE VILLAGE'

MEIKE MARTIJN (NL /DE), ERIK ALKEMA (NL ), MARION M. MORRISON (NL /US), REMIE VAN OS (NL ), HARM WEISTRA (NL), ROBERT VAN HERPEN (NL), DIK FAGAZINE (PL), XAVIER STENTZ (DE), ZELJKO BLAĆE (B&H/HR), JOSE BEGEGA (ES), SILAS (NL)

Opening: 21 July 2011 (Thursday) at 9pm
exhibition open until: August 21

Roodkapje
Meent 119-133, Rotterdam

Do big, specifically gay events such as Gay pride and the Eurogames contribute to the acceptance of homosexuals in the Netherlands or do these in fact lead to segregation ?

On the whole, the Netherlands has embraced the gay community, only a small percentage of the population does not acknowledge it. Gay couples can marry, adopt children and gay characters are no longer absent from TV programmes and respectable suburban neighbourhoods. Is the image presented by the gay community and the media still accurate these days ? In 'THE ONLY GAY IN THE VILLAGE' artists reflect on the current status of homosexuals.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

POMADA posters in The Poster Museum








































My POMADA posters are featured in a huge show at The Poster Museum in Wilanow

The 15th Polish Poster Exhibition
7 July – 4 September 2011
The Poster Museum, Wilanow (Muzeum Plakatu w Wilanowie)
Warsaw, Poland

The Polish Poster Exhibition is a periodic, nation-wide display organised every two years by the Poster Museum in Wilanow. The Exhibition concentrates the most celebrated poster artists based in Poland.

Nearly 100 artists, over 500 works can be seen in The Poster Museum’s both galleries in Wilanow. The display accounts for the greatest applied graphics review in the country, because the posters mirror not only the latest trends in the graphic design, but also – inevitably – the whole cultural life of our country from the last two years.
Actually, not only this determines the uniqueness of our exhibition. Spontaneity and vigorousness of The Polish Poster Exhibition – these are the key issues for us, the artists and the organisers. Diversity, opulence of colours, spectacularity, freshness – these expressions reflect the exhibition’s character the best… The display immediately captures all what is happening in the Polish art and culture. That is why some people even mention guerrilla art – artistic guerrilla movement in the context of The Polish Poster Exhibition.

Monday, July 11, 2011

BACKSTAGE review

























An English version of one of the reviews of my recent BACKSTAGE exhibition is available here now: www.biweekly.pl
photo by Rafal Sosin

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Desire is WAR


A few photos from my "Transilvania" series are featured in the "Desire is WAR" exhibition at The Contemporary Art Gallery of The National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania.

"Desire is WAR"

July 7 – 31, 2011
The Contemporary Art Gallery of The National Brukenthal Museum
6 Tribunei Str, Sibiu, Romania



Artists:  Apparatus 22 (RO), Muhammad Ali (PK), Stefan Botez (RO/CH), Katja Eliad (RO/IL), Farid Fairuz (LB/RO), Mikhail Karikis (GR/UK), Matts Leiderstram (SE), Matmos (US), MEN (US), Ioana Nemes (RO), Gyarfas Olah (RO), Karol Radziszewski (PL), Emily Roydson (SE/US), Ryan Trecartin (US)

Curators: Anca Mihulet and Dragos Olea

Despite the obvious advancements in the process of secularization and negotiation of identity in the Romanian society, sexual morality remains under the heavy domination of religion, of exaggerated discourse, and of facile mythologies. Even though the degree of tolerance towards sexual minorities has increased recently, understanding, respect, and real political acceptance of such minorities are far from being widespread.

In a rather hostile context, Desire is WAR is a statement-exhibition and form of cultural activism that aims to provoke a debate around a certain kind of desire that quite often ignites intense bitter conflicts, even “wars” within families, groups of friends, neighbors, at school, at work or at home: the yearning for same sex persons.

By presenting a selection of recent works completed in various media - video, drawing, text, sound - from Apparatus 22, Muhammad Ali, Stefan Botez, Katja-Lee Eliad, Farid Fairuz, Mikhail Karikis, Matts Leiderstram, Matmos, MEN, Ioana Nemes, Gyarfas Olah, Karol Radziszewski, Emily Roydson, Ryan Trecartin, artists and musicians that consistently approached and examined queer topics, among others, Desire is WAR is opening up a space for discovery and dialogue that is much needed in Romania and not only. The exhibition attempts to go beyond the perception of queer culture as mere liberalization of emotions or threat to the social and political establishment.

The works in the exhibition discourse on a wide array of issues related to desire for same-sex persons: desire as source of inspiration, the struggle for rights to public representation and expression for the LGBT community and analysis of public rhetoric around civil rights, re-contextualisation of heterosexual icons in queer perspective, "spectacular" aura of queerness and associated  mythologies, dilemmas and confusion caused by the self-acceptance of asexual orientations that are so often socially blamed, nostalgia, the narrative possibilities presented by juxtaposition of „normal” life with the „other”, virtue and sin, compromise and guilt, the power of seduction, queerness as means of aesthetic expression etc.
Music will be particularly emphasized within the show as we are interested in its potential to act as a tool of mass communication of both radical ideas and genuine emotions on queer desire.

This approach stemmed from the historical connection between queer community, visual arts, and music. Numerous musicians have been using pop, dance or rock music together with cultural and historical references in order to wave political critique; in a different spectrum, real personal stories inspired by the desire for same sex individuals have been inserted into a milieu that was resistant to it, thus succeeding to get across a message that otherwise would have had less impact.

The exhibition display, made in collaboration with architect Laura Paraschiv, is deconstructing a widespread cliché according to which urban queer culture is all about parties, promiscuity and glamorous lifestyle. The works will feature in a chaotic post-party set that decomposes the shiny surface and makes room for the real problems of queer community, for its dilemmas and possible solutions of transforming gaps between heterosexual and queer norms into forms of expressions and ways of understanding cultural and sexual difference. Throughout the exhibition room there will be various materials on queer topics: magazines, publication, music mix tapes etc.








Karol Radziszewski, Transilvania, 2007

"Transilvania" is a series of images that were created in the summer of 2007 in the town of Ocna Sibiului, whose main attraction are salt lakes and mud treatments. The photographs were taken secretly. They do not make a narrative – they make a cycle, although in truth every one is a separate "image". Their composition, despite a fairly random photographing process, often looks prepared. Young boys, mature men, and sometimes old men, almost naked, unaware of the “voyeur”, naturally “pose” in front of the lens. Although they are captured in motion, their poses seem very theatrical, sometimes almost pathetic. The seemingly holiday climate, however, has a somewhat nostalgic character and a slightly palpable tension. One can easily imagine that this is a strange record of a performance in an unconventional setting, and only the “actors” are not aware that they are “performing”. Neither do they know the director.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Books Unfolded - Berlin opening


































Some pics from the opening of BOOKS UNFOLDED – a project based on a book and initiated by Vassiliea Stylianidou
www.stylianidou.com

Fag Fighters in Venice





































My Fag Fighters in Venice / FORZA NUOVA exhibition.
photos by Nicola Ruben Montini / Space4828

Friday, July 1, 2011

STUDIO selection

























The selection of photos from my STUDIO series is featured in Danish newspaper Information.dk

Picture by me. All rights reserved.