Saturday, October 27, 2012

Krzyk mody / The Call of Fashion

Krzyk mody

wystawa w ramach 4 edycji festiwalu WARSZAWA W BUDOWIE organizowanego przez Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie

3 – 18 listopada 2012otwarcie: sobota, 3 listopada, 2012, 16:00

kurator: Marcin Różyc

artyści: Sławek Belina, New Roman, Marzena Nowak, Paulina Ołowska, Agnieszka Polska, Karol Radziszewski, Anna Zaradny

projektanci: Gosia Baczyńska, Ania Kuczyńska, Maison Martin Margiela, Jakub Pieczarkowski, Maciej Zaremba

Projekt „Krzyk mody” powstał w wyniku współpracy artystów z projektantami, słynnymi sklepami oraz butikami. Specjalnie dla nich artyści zaprojektowali nietuzinkowe witryny sklepowe, będące dowodem na to, że reklama nie zawsze musi krzyczeć „Kup mnie!”, zamiast tego może być dziełem sztuki. Witryny „Krzyku mody” znajdą się również na ulicy Marszałkowskiej, niegdyś głównej arterii handlowej Warszawy, na Pradze, która zdobywa coraz ważniejszą pozycję w świecie mody, oraz w Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej.

Pełny program wystawy do pobrania tu:


The Call of Fashion

exhibition in frame of the WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 4 festival organized by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

3 – 18 November, 2012opening: Saturday, November 3, 2012, 4:00pm

curator: Marcin Różyc

artists: Sławek Belina, New Roman, Marzena Nowak, Paulina Ołowska, Agnieszka Polska, Karol Radziszewski, Anna Zaradny

designers: Gosia Baczyńska, Ania Kuczyńska, Maison Martin Margiela, Jakub Pieczarkowski, Maciej Zaremba

The project "The Call of Fashion" is a result of collaboration of artists with designers, famous shops and boutiques. The artists designed extraordinary shop windows, prooving that advertising does not have to scream "Buy me!", but instead can be a piece of art.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rosa Arbeit auf goldender Strasse

If u happen to be in Vienna in November, don't miss the exhibition I'm taking part in:

Rosa Arbeit auf goldender Strasse

Opening | 09.11.2012, 7.30 p.m.
Exhibition dates | 10.11.2012 - 03.02.2013
Venue | xhibit at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

Artists: Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Kaucyila Brooke, Katrina Daschner, Anna Daucikova, Vaginal Davis/Damiana Garcia, Justine Frank, Julian Göthe, Nilbar Güres, Stefan Hayn, Katarzyna Kozyra, Mateusz Lesman, Ulrike Müller, Rosa von Praunheim, Karol Radziszewski, Roee Rosen, Hans Scheirl, Toni Schmale, Stefanie Seibold, Tejal Shah, Viktoria Tremmel, David Zeller

Curators: Christiane Erharter and Dietmar Schwärzler
Exhibition Architecture: Robert Vörös

The title of the exhibition is a reverence to the almost eponymous film title Rosa Arbeiter auf goldener Straße, Teil II (1969) by Rosa von Praunheim. In this early short film, Praunheim's protagonist (played by Carla Aulaulu) escapes from political arrest in the former German Democratic Republic and takes cover in the bourgeoisbohemian art milieu of West Berlin. Having arrived there, she marries an actor, who joins up with the gay revolution at its end; he then perishes. Only eleven minutes long, the flamboyant film presents a prime example of the ambivalent direction of gender roles and sexualities and from today's perspective, it can be read as queer.

After the AIDS crisis influenced an activism charged with identity politics in the Act Up movement of the late 1980s and 1990s and after queer theory dominated 2000s, the term queer has long ceased to describe only a movement and theory, not to mention a subculture, but has rather arrived as a lifestyle (clubs, fashion blogs, TV-series) and is omnipresent in culture. What it exactly means often remains unspecific, due to the term's immanent complexity and contradiction, and depends on the user and the respective context. In the fine arts, a resurgence of interest can be observed in an abstracted presentation of forms of sexuality beyond homoand heterosexual norms.

Drawing on Judith Halberstam's definition of queer ("queer refers to nonnormative logics and organizations of community, sexual identity, embodiment, and activity in space and time"), we would also like to explore her concept of "queer abstraction". A satisfactory explanation of this concept is still lacking. The derivations, omissions, and exclusions - abstractions - of common body images and discourses is what we want to bring to light as the concept of "queer abstraction," and to discuss the term's relevance.

In Rosa Arbeit auf goldener Straße, artistic positions mix - as a consequence of applying the queer critique to the representation of stable, representable identities (Justine Frank, Roee Rosen, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Stefan Hayn, Katarzyna Kozyra, Mateusz Lesman, Vaginal Davis/Damiana Garcia) - with those positions which use uncertainty tactics, to abstract attributive and body images (Kaucyila Brooke, Nilbar Güres, Viktoria Tremmel). Also formal parameters such as choice of materials and technique (Katrina Daschner, Julian Göthe, Ulrike Müller, Toni Schmale, Stefanie Seibold, David Zeller) come increasingly into the foreground. This happens in the awareness of the feminist roots of queer and the emancipatory potential that it includes. In working out this thematic field, also geo- and socio-political differences become clear, which are not separable into a simple East/West dichotomy, but rather remain disparate, even at an inner-state level. While it is true, for example, that in a modern city such as Tel Aviv a sociopolitical framework also exists for a publically visible life beyond the heterosexual norm, the situation in a conservative, ultrareligious city such as Jerusalem is quite different.

Also within Austria, a comparison of the provinces of Vienna and Vorarlberg, for example, cannot be made, due not least to different legal states. A central aspect of Rosa Arbeit auf goldener Straße comprises the artistic forms of thought and presentation, which put forth a shift in view or even a historical relocation and re-assessment (Anna Daucikova, Karol Radziszewski, Justine Frank, Roee Rosen, Tejal Shah). Artists from post-socialist countries show an image of a "queer East" not commonly seen: still today, the idea persists that these countries have little visibly queer art production, or only one that creates a scandal in the public view. Such works are positioned in constant dialogue with other contributions and in their interplay celebrate sexual pluralism in very different manifestations.

They occupy in a temporary sense the spaces beyond sexual, religious, social, cultural, and political dogma; the arrangement of what is available is expanded in content and form. With the installation by Hans Scheirl, realized explicitly for the exhibition, we celebrate this genre-transgressing work, the "transgender-cyberlesbian-horror-comix" Dandy Dust (1998) as the central film of "queer cinema," which still stands alone in this field. The installation, centrally positioned, was created in direct reference to the film, with the integration of parts of the storyboard and original props. Dandy Dust leaves simplistic dichotomies - man/woman, heterosexual/homosexual, inside/outside, micro/macro - far behind and presents a richly filled panorama of fluid role patterns and visual forms of expression.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Decisive Moment

I'm featured in the "The Decisive Moment. New Phenomena in Polish Photography Since 2000." The first book presenting the last decade of Polish photography. Profiles and works of the most important creators – from artistic, reportage to fashion photography. In the extensive introduction, the author organizes and interprets the most important phenomena. The Decisive Moment is a book for everyone fascinated by the diversity of contemporary photography. A must-read for both collectors, and all those who search for their own path in this varied and constantly developing field.

Profiles of 92 contemporary Polish photographers.
Over 500 colour photographs.
Synthetic picture of the most interesting phenomena in new Polish photography.
Polish/English bilingual edition.

Adam Mazur, Decydujący moment. Nowe zjawiska w fotografii polskiej po 2000 roku

Pierwsza książka prezentująca ostatnią dekadę polskiej fotografii. Sylwetki i prace najważniejszych twórców – od fotografii artystycznej, reporterskiej, po fotografię mody. W obszernym wstępie autor porządkuje i interpretuje najciekawsze zjawiska. Decydujący moment to książka dla wszystkich, których fascynuje bogactwo współczesnej fotografii; pozycja obowiązkowa zarówno dla kolekcjonerów, jak i dla osób dopiero poszukujących swojej drogi w tej różnorodnej i wciąż rozwijającej się dziedzinie.

Sylwetki 92 współczesnych polskich fotografów.
Ponad 500 kolorowych zdjęć.
Syntetyczny obraz najbardziej interesujących zjawisk w nowej polskiej fotografii.
Wydanie dwujęzyczne, polsko-angielskie.

książka będzie w księgarniach od 1 października

Warszawska premiera książki odbędzie się 5.10 (piątek) o g.18 w Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie