You are descending into a cave. You are here to see your image in a mirror. In all honesty it sounds rather banal; you probably take a look at your mirror double several times a day. However, the mirrors gathered here are magical. They allow you to see who you truly are. Why are there so many of them? Probably because you have so many faces.
On February 17th a breakthrough event took place in Zachęta National Gallery of Art - signing of "The agreement concerning the minimum wages for artists". It's a yet another initiative of the Civic Forum for Contemporary Art after e.g. Artists' Strike in May 2012 aiming to improve the well-being of artists in Poland.
The document was signed by Hanna Wróblewska, the director of Zachęta National Gallery of Art; Joanna Mytkowska, director of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Vice-director of Museum of Art in Lodz and Karolina Sikorska, Vice-director of Arsenal Gallery in Poznan.
[PL] On January 18th, 2014, our dear Director Wojciech Krukowski passed away in Warsaw.
We bid farewell to a man who, for over twenty years (1990-2010), was an inspiration and source of creative courage to all of us at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle. Without him, we wouldn't be who we are today. He trusted us and gave many of us their first chance. Some saw him as a teacher and a role model. Others were fortunate to call him a friend. Everyone recognized him as an authority.
Wojciech Krukowski was first and foremost an artist, consumed with a creative passion and convinced that art can have a positive influence on reality.
PL Professor Caroline Levine's is discussing with Teodor Ajder on the margines of the newly published Polish translation of her book "Provoking Democracy. Why We Need the Arts".
Teodor Ajder: You claim that "Provoking Democracy is about Why We Need the Arts". However, one could also say that first of all it is a book on trials of arts and artists. It is about the courts of law and order, is it not?
Caroline Levine: It's about the relationship between order and disorder. How much disorder-rebellion, offensiveness, experimentation, shock-is valuable or desirable in a democratic society?
The process of art making is an amazing tool to reinforce remembering, recognition and events or people recollection. In British born Katy Bentall's works, besides materiality, one discovers both personal and collective encodings and retrievings of present and past, time and autobiography, memory distortions, amnesia, emotional memories, and so on, and so on. However, there is also an additional important mnemonic dimension beyond the familiar time related art. Bentall's works and her memories are at times strongly and interchangeably linked to the history of Polish contemporary art and to the upbringings of the legendary Warsaw Foksal Gallery in particular. This is what makes, in my view, her new exhibition so intriguing.