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Does the West love the Kabakovs? Does the East do so?

On death, humour, intelligentsia, history, modernism, art in Russia and worldwide


The following is an authorised transcript of a meeting with Artur Żmijewski at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle (2 April 2008) as part of the My History of Art series.

Paweł Polit: Our guest today is Artur Żmijewski, author of the manifesto The Applied Social Arts, published almost exactly a year ago in Krytyka Polityczna (no. 11/12, winter 2007). He is an author of important, famous, often controversial and widely debated works, such as Tag Play, 80064, Repetition, or Them. I'd also like to point out the theoretical dimension of his work, adding a historical-artistic aspect.

It started with my rebellious spirit.


Yoko Ono: What is your name again?

Katarzyna Bojarska: [kataˈʐɨna]

Y.O. Beautiful, amazing, very musical.

K.B. And almost unpronounceable.

Y.O. You should insist on this spelling and the pronunciation. This is how people can become richer by this experience. My name is Yoko, so it is very easy to pronounce. But when I first went to America, many Japanese people told me: "Oh, you should be called Sara from now." And it is no good. One should insist on being called with their names.

Figuration without Miracles. Luc Tuymans in conversation with Katarzyna Bojarska

Edward Krasinski: Les Mises en Scene

Edward Krasinski: Les Mises en Scene
Edited by Sabine Breitwieser
Generali Foundation, Wien

I am a total feminist. I couldn't be anything else.

Mike Bal - known and respected culture critic, professor of the KNAW and professor of literature analysis University of Amsterdam. The author of numbers of the book, among them: "Narratology: Introduction to the Theory of Narrative" (1997), "The Mottled Screen: Reading Proust Visually" (1997), "Quoting Caravaggio" (1999). Lately was published the anthologhy of her teksts. Recently she had published her teksts anthologhy: "A Mieke Bal Reader". Mike Bal is also video artist. Mieke Bal arrived to Poland to give a lecture in May 2006 in Postgraduate Curatorial Studies in Cracow at Jagiellonian University. At the same time she made two videos as a part of her "Mothers Project".

"Voice & Void" in Connecticut

Within the curatorial program of the Aldrich Contemporary Museum in Ridgeield, Connecticut, Thomas Trummer introduced an exhibition entitled "VOICE & VOID." He began with the premise that while you can close your eyes, you can't close your ears. Unlike visual art, sound doesn't have borders or frames, but fills a given space, assuming it's shape. Even when we're not listening to something, we hear the echoes of our thoughts which are resonating in the space of our body and our soul. Trummer wonders whether, and if so, where absolute silence exists. VOICE & VOID tries to find visual equivalents to such a aural void.

In the catalog, Trummer expresses his thoughts on the always ambiguous Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus.

White plays a central role (at XX1)

Almost simultaneously with the opening of Koji Kamoji's exhibition of white paintings at the Foksal Gallery, a completely white exhibition by Andrea Gregson and Lise Kjaer emerged in the XX1 Gallery. Two such exhibitions focus on white doesn't perhaps yet establish a new aesthetic movement, but it is certainly a nice anti-doses to the over colored world of concurrent pop culture.


Karol Radziszewski

private flat, Włościańska Street, Warsaw
21.06.2005 - 05.07.2005

curator: Marcin Różyc
cooperation: Sarmen Belgarian

Marcin Różyc.: Why do you use a contour while painting pornographic scenes?