Sunday, April 22, 2012

Kisieland in Zagreb

If you happen to be in Zagreb this week – don't miss my lecture :)

Karol Radziszewski, "Kisieland"
24 April 2012, 6 pm, Hall of Gorgona
Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia

Karol Radziszewski’s Kisieland (a long-term project started in 2009) brings to light several hundred transparencies from the 1980s documenting an artistic event with a distinctly gay theme at the home of a friend of Ryszard Kisiel, the founder and publisher of the first communist-era gay zine called "Filo". These pictures, taken at the time of state police crackdown on homosexuals, known as campaign "Hiacynth", seem strangely incommensurate with the martyrological narrative of the persecution of sexual minority. Radziszewski’s project is an attempt to enable the partial appearance of an archive which – due to the lack of interest in the recinstruction of the history of the LGBT in Poland – has failed to find a place in public discourse and because it is literally being carried away from Poland. The snapshots from Kisiel’s archive are also testimony of the early AIDS years, the memory of which is limited and still remains in the "intimate public sphere"; the realm in need of reconfiguring and posing questions regarding the pleasures and the risks involved in holding the event which these images document, and also in documenting it. The Kisiel archive brings us close to the quotidian 1980s and makes apparent the transnational undercurrent of the decade, which defies the surface appearance determined by cold-war era oppositions between the East and the West, pointing instead to the underlying and surprisingly cosmopolitan commonality of the sexual, political and artistic avant-garde of the day – in Gdansk, Warsaw, London, New York City.

(text by Tomasz Basiuk)

Photo from the set of the "Kisieland" documentary by Karol Radziszewski.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Short trip to Vienna - filming for the new movie (premiere in June :)

Monday, April 16, 2012



16 – 26 April
Temporary Gallery Cologne, Mauritiuswall 35, Koln
opening: 16 April, 5pm

A subjective presentation of the Polish self-publishing movement, zines and independent music labels, part of the exhibition Coming Soon (arriere-garde)

Self-publishing zines: "Western" Kuba Dąbrowski; "Przedwiośnie" (“Coming Spring”) Karolina Zajączkowska; “Normalizm" (“Normalism”) Jan Rogalo; "Sąsiedzi" (“Neighbours”) Paweł Eibel, Michał Kozłowski; "Łukasz Wierzbowski" Łukasz Wierzbowski; "Bilogia/Chemia/Fizyka" (“Biology/Chemistry/Physics”) Waldemar Pranckiewicz, Krzysztof Solarewicz, Łukasz Rusznica; "Smog" and "Near, infra" Łukasz Rusznica; "U" Agnieszka Rayss, Jan Brykczyński, Rafał Milach, Andrej Liankevich, Ivan Kurinnoy, Justyna Mielnikiewicz, Janis Pipars, Filip Singer, Andrej Balco; "(IS)not" Agnieszka Rayss, Jan Brykczyński, Michał Łuczak, Adam Pańczuk, Rafał Milach - Sputnik Photos; "Drewniane Gody" (“Wooden Anniversary”) Filip Zawada; "Czułość" (“Tenderness/Sensitivity to Light”) Czułość; "Yulka Wilam" Yulka Wilam; „VIP zin”, „Marios Dik” Karol Radziszewski
as collected by Czułość Gallery in cooperation with
Music labels: Bad Indian Recordings, Crunchy Human Children, Mik Musik, Pink punk, Sangoplasmo Records

Design: Ewa Naporowska
Curators: Zuzanna M. Koszuta and Czułość Gallery

A land well known and inhabited for ages has recently become completely unbearable. Young (at hearts) artists, reluctant to collaborate with mainstream institutions, prefer to act on their own. They choose action instead of an inactive wait for a change.
On a raft made from pieces found among the pop-culture junk, standing up against the main stream, there float the results of this young, uncompromising attitude. Publishers, artistic groups, rock’n’roll bands, galleries, clubs and other kinds of mental spaces anchor here and there. Happenings, gigs and exhibitions take place, albums, books, blogs, zines are created.
It’s hard to say whether this raft has been built to escape, or as a means to reach the “green island”. The most important is that it allows to be on the road. There is no captain, but the crew takes rawing in turns. The DIY rule allows you to stay independent, even when there is no money . The less you have, the more creative you become. Necessity is the mother of invention.
We have decided to devote a part of the space of the Coming Soon exhibition to present self-publishing publications, both from the field of visual arts as well as music. On the Raft you can find books collected by Czułość Gallery and as well as albums from the Polish alternative music labels (such as Bad Indian Recordings, Crunchy Human Children, Mik Musik, Pink punk or Sangoplasmo Records) and all sorts of related merchandise.
Zuzanna M. Koszuta

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Last Friday in Krakow - more to come (premiere of the very new project in June ;)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Douglas Crimp in Warsaw

Polecam wykład prof. Douglasa Crimpa "Art News Parties", który odbędzie się 16 kwietnia (poniedziałek) o godz. 18, w starym budynku BUW, sala 6. Wykład organizowany jest przez Instytut Historii Sztuki i Ośrodkek Studiów Amerykańskich, we współpracy z Muzeum Sztuki w Łodzi.
Wykład odbędzie się w języku angielskim.

Art News Parties
"Art News Parties" is a chapter of Douglas Crimp’s memoir-in-progress about New York in the 1970s, Before Pictures. The memoir weaves together stories of the two cultures that were central to his life at that time—gay liberation and the art that came to be called postmodernism. In this chapter, Crimp remembers his first work as an art critic, when he wrote for the oldest and most established American art magazine, Art News. Art News was famous for its support of Abstract Expression and for its preference for criticism written by poets, especially the important New York School poets John Ashbery, Barbara Guest, Frank O’Hara, and James Schuyler. But Crimp was not a poet, and he found the poets’ views about early-1970s art old-fashioned and off-putting. He nevertheless found the milieu convivial, especially as experienced at parties hosted by Ashbery, Art News’s executive editor. One of those parties led indirectly to Crimp’s meeting his first boyfriend, and so this chapter also tells the story of their relationship, including their shared cinephilia, their project to write a Moroccan cookbook, and their ill-fated vacation on Cape Cod.

Douglas Crimp is Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, New York, and the author of On the Museum’s Ruins, 1993, Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, 2002, and “Our Kind of Movie”: The Films of Andy Warhol, 2012. Crimp was the curator of the Pictures exhibition at Artists Space, New York, in 1977 and an editor of October magazine from 1977 to 1990. With Lynne Cooke, he organized the exhibition Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the Present for the Reina Sofía in Madrid in 2010. He is currently at work on a memoir of New York in the 1970s called Before Pictures.

Photo by Karol Radziszewski

Friday, April 6, 2012

DIK in Berlin

Here are a few pics from yesterday's DIK Fagazine "BEFORE '89" issue launch at Motto Berlin:

DIK Fagazine No8 is available now online:

Monday, April 2, 2012

DIK at Motto Berlin

DIK Fagazine "BEFORE '89" issue launch at Motto Berlin

April 5 (Thursday), start 7 PM
Motto Berlin
Skalitzer str. 68, Berlin

DIK Fagazine is happy to invite you for the Berlin premiere of our "BEFORE '89" issue at Motto. Join us for a launch event with editor Karol Radziszewski and Berlin based artist Piotr Nathan who is interviewed in this issue.

The latest issue of DIK Fagazine, "BEFORE '89," is the culmination of extensive archive work, as well as travels across Europe. Drawing from a range of contributors, the magazine traces a cultural legacy specific to Poland, while following a trail through Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Wolfgang Tillmans, who first visited Warsaw in 2011, provides an account of the anniversary of the plane crash in Smolensk, celebrated in the overblown national-religious vein of the Polish right. Bruce LaBruce’s contribution gives the impression that he's describing a time when communism is alive and well, and not Poland in the year 2000.

The publication explores park cruising areas, train stations, beaches and other casual hook-up spots. Ryszard Kisiel shares the astonishing story of his zine titled "Filo", Slava Mogutin uncovers the story of homosexuals in the Soviet Gulags, and BEFORE ‘89 conducts a search investigation for Michel Foucault’s Polish lover.

Contributors of DIK Fagazine 8th issue include Arobal, Wojciech Bąkowski, Bruce LaBruce, Boris L. Davidovich, Andrej Dubravsky, Paul Dunca, Christine Fenzl, Nan Goldin, Kamil Julian, Ryszard Kisiel, Slava Mogutin, Jaanus Samma and Wolfgang Tillmans.

DIK Fagazine is available at Motto Berlin or online here:

On the picture: spread from DIK Fagazine No8 / Piotr Nathan by Nan Goldin, Berlin 1992