PARALLAX 2018-2022

‘Dialogue through doing’ is a phrase that we have used to describe an important aspect of what motivates the Parallax project.

As I reflect on the last few years of Parallax, and on the post-residential exhibition developed for CSW Kronika – Sex, Suicide, Socialism, Spirits and Stereotypes it is the weight of current events that I feel most acutely. The show at Kronika only finished in January 2022. Since then, the world has changed. The Covid-19 pandemic has created a traumatic chasm that means we may never travel, congregate, learn or engage with each other and with art in the ways we used to. However, the Pandemic is not the only challenge to the way we operate. For the UK, Brexit means that links with European neighbors, such a pivotal part of the experience of studying art for many, are tested and put under greater strain. In no way immune to the populist lurch to the right that drove Brexit, Polish politics have moved at an alarming pace towards the isolationism and conservatism of a right-wing agenda. The belated acknowledgment of structural and systemic racism that has been highlighted by the international Black Lives Matter movement, following the brutal murder of George Floyd, is another seismic event that demands we consider what art and our institutions can do to help drive meaningful change. The climate emergency, which disproportionately impacts certain races and populations, is connected to all the other current crises. It is now a more present and immediate threat to the way we live and how we think about our futures. With all this turmoil, I would like to start by asking what role Parallax might have to play? What is it about the community that Parallax brings together and the nature of the dialogue that the network encourages that is particularly worthwhile now, at a time when everyone is forced to rethink and adapt?

Edited: Pawel Mendrek, Martin Newth

Texts: Ann-Charlotte Glasberg Blomqvist, Gloria Lopez Cleried, Agata Cukierska, James Duffy, Katarzyna Wolny-Grzadziel, Jolanta Jastrzab, Karolina Konopka, Dominika Kowynia, Barbara Kubska, Magdalena Lacek, Maddie Leach, Beate Persdotter Loken, Reyhaneh Miriahani, Eleanor Neason, Martin Newth, Joanna Zdzienicka-Obalek, Johanna Oskarsson, Alexandra Papademetriou, Laura Rossner, Kolbrun Inga Soring, Garry-Marshall-Stevens, Alexander Stevenson

Artists: Kronika exhibition: Rosie Dahlstrom, Mary Evans, Ben Fitton, Katrine Hjelde, Jolanta Jastrzab, Sally Jane, Karolina Konopka, Travel Agency Collective (Pawel Mendrek, Malgorzata Szandala, Ewa Zasada), Gary Marshall-Stevens, Reyhaneh Mirjahani, Eleanor Neason, Martin Newth, Johanna Oskarsson, Beate Persdotter Loken, Rasmus Richter, Laura Rosser, Secondeditions, Alexander Stevanson, Veera Rustomji, Milosz Wnukowski
Zupa exhibition: Stephanie Johansson, Jakub Kazimierczak, Karolina Konopka, Zlata Labedz, Magdalena Lacek, Johanna Oskarsson, Alexandra Papademetriou, Emanuela Pawlowska, Beate Persdotter Loken, Rasmus Richter, Magdalena Sendek, Kolbrun Inga Soring

Parallax project coordinators and co-curators: Pawel Mendrek, Martin Newth in cooperation with Maddie Leach, Sarah Tuck and Laura Rosser

Acknowledgements: HDK-Valand wishes to acknowledge the generosity and hospitality of ASP Katowice towards students and staff from Gothenburg in 2018 and 2019

Reviewers: prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Sztwiertnia, dr hab. Leslaw Tetla, prof. ASP

Graphic design and typesettings by Katarzyna Wolny-Grzadziel

Photos: Barbara Kubska, Kolbrun Inga Soring, James Duffy, Karen Abadie, Maddie Leach

Translation by Lukasz Kansy

Polish copy editing by Karolina Wycislik

Production coordination by Barbara Firla

Published by Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Katowice, Chelsea College of Arts – University of the Arts London, Plymouth Uniwersity
ISBN 978-83-65825-72-8 (PL)
ISBN 978-1-3999-0647-0 (UK)
ISBN 978-1-84102-456-1 (UK)

Printed by Drukarnia Akapit sp. z o.o., ul. Weglowa 3, 20-481 Lublin

Circulation: 600

Book online: coming soon

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Photos: Katarzyna Wolny

PARALLAX 2015-2017

The first Parallax book is published. In keeping with the spirit of dialogue that the Parallax project embraces, the book sets up a discourse.

With this publication, created within the Parallax project, we discuss issues concerning the role of the art academy and the educational processes it involves itself in. We cannot deny that the Academy changes according to the same rhythm of change as does our world, society, city, house and street. This rhythm also governs the transformation of the artist and art itself. There will be no ready-made answers, as the issues we have been discussing in principle belong to the domain of natural sciences, and are consequently subject to empirical observation and statistical analysis which can lend only limited credence to our conclusions. (…)
In keeping with the spirit of dialogue that the Parallax project embraces, this book sets up a discourse. As well as documenting the two exhibitions, at AFA Katowice in 2015 and Chelsea College of Arts in 2016, the 10 essays in this book are themselves a kind of conversation. Each essay, in one way or another, represents a responseto the previous text. And each one is also designed to provoke a retort. Like the radically varying artworks which made up the exhibitions in Katowice and London, the discourses that the texts explore at times stay within a familiar form and, at others, jolt from historical fact to fantastical fiction. But running through each of the texts are a thread of fundamental questions about points of view, institutional change, social transformation and political upheaval.

Edited by Pawel Mendrek, Martin Newth

Essays: Dave Beech, Andrew Chesher, Ben Fitton, Katrine Hjelde, Dominika Kowynia, Roman Lewandowski, Maciej Linttner, Martin Newth, Malgorzata Szandala, Andrzej Tobis

Photos: Ben Fitton, Barbara Kubska, Pawel Mendrek, Martin Newth

Graphic design and typesetting by Katarzyna Wolny

Reviewers: Wojciech Pukocz & Wojciech Wlodarczyk

Translation by Lukasz Kansy

Published by: Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Chelsea College of Arts – University of the Arts London
ISBN 978-83-65825-08-7 (PL)
ISBN 978-1-5272-1680-8 (UK)
ISBN 978-1-84102-456-1 (UK)

Printed by PETIT Sklad-Druk-Oprawa Wojciech Guz Wspólnicy, Lublin

Circulation: 600

Book online: PARALLAX 2015-2017

Photo Documentation [+]

Photos: Barbara Kubska