The show discloses these unique networks, showing a multidirectional interplay of the Academy and the external environment
Time: March, 2022 – April, 2022
Curator: Magdalena Kreis
Content: The interdisciplinary exhibition, presented in showcases artists and designers associated with the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice while providing an insight into projects, activities and realizations that go beyond the scope of the curriculum. Participants have been chosen through an open call addressed to the community of artists working for the Academy. The most interesting works turn out to be the ones that are slightly incompatible with the curricular parameters and consequently, they might not be properly appraised if standard academic statistics had been applied.
In many instances, works and activities – presented in BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice – are the ones that the Academy’s employees engage themselves in their so-called (but not really) spare time. It might be a source of extra income or just their pastime, something that they willingly commit their time and energy to – and some artists make a point of sometimes using the media or technique that is outside the scope of their usual work at the Academy.
Moreover, the exhibition reveals various relations that the Academy’s employees have with the local community and institutions, and shows the initiatives that they join in. We can see how different places and activities benefit from their competencies and creative endeavors.
Unidentified Zone discloses these unique networks, showing a multidirectional interplay of the Academy and the external environment, although not exclusively artistic one – artistic groups are still perceived as keeping to themselves. The presentation highlights important and useful projects, yet not necessarily the spectacular or celebrated ones. They are works that have been realized with real passion, but they would not benefit their authors in terms of credit points . That being so, the exhibition contributes to the ongoing discussion about the development strategy for the Academy within the next 10 years – including the possibility of abandoning the current employee evaluation system and, instead, finding ways to verify the real achievement of educational goals.
POST by Parallax Network seeks to uncover the common areas of interest which artists are currently exploring. The project uses some of the modes of sharing and dialogue that have been adopted over the period of the Covid-19 pandemic to construct and organize the exhibition, reflecting the dynamics of the way images are brought together online and exploring its translation from the virtual to physical gallery space. A dialogue around what unites and connects artists’ practices is intended through the interaction of works and the conversations that emerge. The title of the show, POST, refers to word’s multiple meanings and associations: the act of ‘posting’ images online; sending something via the post; the root of the word poster; and something that has happened previously. In this case the show takes place at a time that we hope to be able to describe as post-pandemic, and asks how the interests, themes and ideas that artists are working on have changed since the periods of relative isolation and trauma of the C-19 pandemic.
Artists: Judyta Bernas, Jan Dybala + Piotr Ceglarek (Biuro Dzwieku Katowice), Katarzyna Fober + Bartłomiej Polak (KUFA.Design), Jolanta Jastrzab, Magdalena Kilarska, Michalina W. Klasik, Bogdan Kosak, Aleksander Kozera, Barbara Kubska + Anna Sielska + Paulina Urbanska (ABC Tychy), Pawel Mendrek + Martin Newth + Dave Beech (Parallax Network), Hanna Sitarz-Pietrzak, Joanna Zdzienicka-Obalek
Visual identity: Anna Kopaczewska, Agata Kujda
Scenography: Dominika Zlobinska
Technical support and set up: Dominik Skiendziel, Pawel Watroba
Coordination: Pawel Szeibel
Parallax Coordinator: Pawel Mendrek
Photos: Barbara Kubska
SEX, SUICIDE, SOCIALISM, SPIRITS AND STEREOTYPES
Post-residential exhibition developed for CSW Kronika
Space: CSW Kronika, Bytom
Time: December, 2019 – January, 2020
Curator: Agata Cukierska
Content: On 27 July 1960, while addressing a group of a few hundred Republicans, the then President of the USA, Dwight D. Eisenhower enumerated the disastrous effectsof the prosocial policy in Sweden, associating socialism with excessive sexual freedom, alcohol abuse and the highest suicide rate in the world. To some extent, Eisenhower’s speech, verging on what is today referred to as fake news, was based on the provocativeessay by Joe David Brown, titled “Sin and Sweden”, published in 1955 in the Times Magazine. In the text, questioned by experts and violating the press code of ethics, Brown presented a one-sided image of a country guided by dubious moral standards and its secularised society deprived of Christian values. Brown also used limited statistical data concerning, among others, the access to and the rate of abortion as well as some inconsistent information on the teenagers sex education programme introduced in Swedenas a pioneering project. To Eisenhower and his Republican audience, the statistics made Sweden a perfect example of socialism bringing about the fall of a nation. [ more ]
Artists: Sally Charlesworth, Rosie Dahlstrom, James Duffy, Mary Evans, Ben Fitton, Katrine Hjelde, Jolanta Jastrzab, Karolina Konopka, Travel Agency (Pawel Mendrek, Malgorzata Szandala, Ewa Zasada), Gloria Lopez-Cleires, Gary Marshall-Stevens, Reyhaneh Mirjahani, Eleanor Neason, Martin Newth, Johanna Oskarsson, Beate Persdotter Loken, Rasmus Richter, Laura Rosser, Second editions (Elizabeth Peebles and Marcus Eisenmann), Alexander Stevenson, Kolbrun Inga Soring, Veera Rustomji, Milosz Wnukowski
Visual identity: Marcin Wysocki
Exhibition production: Agata Gomolinska-Senczenko
Technical support and set up: Dominik Skiendziel, Pawel Watroba
Coordination: Pawel Mendrek, Maddie Leach, Martin Newth, Laura Rosser
Photos: Barbara Kubska
Heading South is an exhibition that marks the culmination of a semester-long International Studio at AFA Katowice entitled ‘Looking and Re-looking: Hybrid Processes and the Nature of the Encounter’ by Martin Newth.
Space: Common Space, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice
Time: 24/30 May, 2019
Curator: Martin Newth
Content: Heading South is an exhibition that marks the culmination of a semester-long International Studio entitled ‘Looking and Re-looking: Hybrid Processes and the Nature of the Encounter’. Experimental use of technologies (bothnew and old) and an analysis of the process of production have formed the focus of our discussions since early March 2019. The group of 9 artists have developed new work and collaborated on every aspect of this exhibition. Its title Heading South implies more than one meaning. [ more ]
Artists: Karolina Fabia, Karolina Gwozdz, Janina Janicka-Grabowska, Magdalena Lacek, Jakub Padula, Klaudia Pisarek, Aleksandra Rajnisz-Podlaska, Magdalena Sendek, Konstanty Stanczyk
Poster: Klaudia Pisarek & Aleksandra Rajnisz-Podlaska
Film by Magdalena Grunwald, 2019
WRO Biennale 2019 / Cells of Culture
Screening of film works from Chelsea College of Art, HDK-Valand. Academy of Art and Design in Gothenburg, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice & open discussion about the academy’s key position within this social and cultural development.
Space: Bakery, Center of Performing Arts Wroclaw
Time: 22 May, 2019
Co/curators: Pawel Mendrek & Martin Newth
Content: A series of short film works, made by artists from Poland, the UK and Sweden is the basis for a dialogue. The films have been brought together as a conversation, where the selection of each film constitutesa response to the previous one. The starting point is Antonina Konopelska’s ‘Libertango’ film, which initiates a discussion about the relationship between student and professor, and the current conditions informing the experience of art education in Europe. Using the film conversations as a means to draw out key differences and similarities in approach the discussion will ask what the future holds for art education and the potential for international collaboration.
Artists: Conditions, Adelaida Antunez Egurbide & Alfie Gibbs, Magdalena Grundwald, Klaengur Gunnarsson, Antonina Konopelska, Emily Mulenga, Dominik Ritszel, Noa Weinstein, Lishuang Xu
Image: screening view, video still by Noa Weinstein
ZUPÄ is an exhibition that marks the culmination common exchange project and art residency at AFA Katowice and HDK-Valand. Academy of Art and Design
Space: Rotor Gallery, Gothenburg
Time: February, 2019
Content: In February 2019 a group of 6 students went to Gothenburg in Sweden. They went there to create a collective exhibition, start, breath fresh air, eat masses of liquorice, cinnamon rolls, spicedherrings, tubed cheese and compare the products with those sold by IKEA in Poland. As a person brought up at the Swedish kindergarten Smalandia at the Katowice IKEA I have become an expert in eating Swedish rolls, squeezing cheese out of a tube right intomy mouth and plaiting braids with a wire, Pippi Longstocking’s style. The conversations at the table resulted in the ZUPÄ (Polish term for soup) exhibition, whose plan was not fully known to us. It had just one, simple principle – interaction. [ more ]
Artists: Emely Hansson, Stephanie Johansson, Jakub Kazimierczak, Karolina Konopka, Zlata Labedz, Magdalena Lacek, Gloria López-Cleries, Johanna Oskarsson, Alexandra Papademetriou, Emanuela Pawlowska, Beate Persdotter Loken, Rasmus Richter, Magdalena Sendek, Åke Sjoberg, Kolbrun Inga Soring, Alexander Stevenson
Text: Karolina Konopka & Magdalena Lacek
Photo: Pawel Mendrek
SELF PUBLISH, BE HAPPY!
Photobook workshop for students. The participants were asked to interpret different workshops topics – Wunderkammer, Self Publish, Be Happy! Art, Society and Political Correctness.
Space & time: University of Plymouth 13 – 15 March, 2018 / AFA Katowice 15 – 16 November, 2018 / HDK-Valand. Academy of Art and Design,
Gothenburg 26 February – 2 March, 2019
Workshop leaders: Barbara Kubska & Katarzyna Wolny
Content: Provenby growing popularity of art book and photography fairs (London Book Fair, Miss Read Berlin, NY Book Fair), photobooks are recognized as one of the most important recent photography medium. They attract attention of both mainstream photography magazines (f.ex. British Journal of Photography, Lightbox Times’a, Lens Culture) as well as self publishing movements. Workshop participants were asked to interpret different workshops topics – Wunderkammer, Self Publish, Be Happy!, Art, Society and Political Correctness. We wanted them to interpret the topics as widely as possible – from various phenomenons connected with the idea to very direct interpretations. [ more ]
Students/artists: Monika Balukeviciute, Anna Cichoń, Gloria López-Cleries, James Duffy, Jessica Ekström, Danny Everton, Camila Rojas Fritz, Adam Garratt, Magdalena Glodowska, Agata Gromada, Miina Javadzadeh, Vera Jörgensen, Aleksandra Kulus, Caitlin Littlewood, Jude Bryson-Meehan, Paulina Michalska, Reyhaneh Mirjahani Mohammadabadi, Alexandra Papademetriou, Tonie-Carol Patchett, Jess Plowright, Will Ruff, Katarzyna Sobczak, Bethany Thomas, Natalia Wielgus, Wioletta Wojciechowska, Chloe Amber Wright, Kirsten Wrig
PRAWO SERII: AGENCY OF ERROR
‘Prawo serii: Agency of Error’ is an exhibition that marks the culmination of three weeks long art recidency at AFA Katowice by Dr Thomas Baugh and PhD candidate at Plymouth University Laura Rosser.
Space: Strefart Gallery, Tychy, Poland
Time: April, 2018
Co/curators: Laura Rosser, Thomas Baugh & Pawel Mendrek
Content: In April of 2018 we were to conduct a one-month residency, which was enriched by supervising diploma students who were majoring in inter-media. The residency combined the production of art practice with acritical exchange between supervisors and students, in the context of a progressive art and design education, and, provided a valuable space to expand on the dialogue that surrounds the significance of human and nonhuman error in contemporary art practice. Moreover, our experience resonates with theorist Estelle Barrett’s (2010) position regarding practice-led research, in that she argues that a studio based enquiry, which adopts diverse, interdisciplinary and emergent methodologies,as a mode of knowledge production, has the capacity to generate new ways of externalising knowledge – where practice and discourse perform together. Barrett goes onto suggest that knowledge is generated through action and reflection where the artist-researcheris actively engaged in finding a solution to a problem, even if the efficacy of the context is undetermined, and in flux. Importantly, the inter-media studios at ASP provided us all; students and supervisors, with a critical space for experimentation and discourse.
Artists: Thomas Baugh, Katarzyna Bogucka, Ellie Daniel, Magdalena Kieszniewska, Mateusz Kokot, Karolina Konopka, Cristina Lifford, Magdalena Lacek, Iza Leska, Patrycja Modrzynska, Gabriela Panicka, Klaudia Pisarek, Laura Rosser, Hanna Wozniak, Ewa Zawadzka
Photo: Barbara Kubska
First group exhibitions developed in Parallax network has afforded an opportunity to discuss the different perspectives from which we view the art academy.
Space: AFA Katowice and Triangle Space, Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, London
Time: June/July, 2015 and October, 2016
Co/curators: Pawel Mendrek & Martin Newth
Content: The Parallax project between Katowice and Chelsea has afforded an opportunity to discuss the different perspectives from which we view the art academy. Beyond that, what has given the project real meaning is that the discussions are enacted through the work made by the staff and student artists who have contributed to the projects. The shows further opportunity to consider the nature of the art school and for artists from Katowice to respond to the context of showing in London. For Parallax 1, at AFA Katowice, the prevailing means of was to print work onto huge vinyl stickers that could be attached directly to the walls. This created a material link between the architecture and the artwork. For Parallax 2 the predominant mode was projection offering further opportunity to illuminate, expose or subvert the architecture of the building.
Artists: Gill Addison, Dave Beech, Jo Bruton, Sebastian Buczek, Andrew Chesher, Ben Fitton, John Flindt, Grzegorz Handerek, Andrew Hart, Serena Huang, Katrine Hielde, Lukasz Jastrubczak, Robin Jenkins, Aga Jot, Lucy Joyce, Aram Khas, Dominika Kowynia, Roman Lewandowski, Maciej Linttner, Pawel Mendrek, Rafal Milach, Marianne Murray, Martin Newth, Marian Oslizlo, Colin Priest, Dominik Ritszel, Anka Sielska, Martyn Simpson, Hanna Sitarz, Malgorzata Szandala, Leslaw Tetla, Andrzej Tobis, Chris Wainwright, Paulina Walczak-Handerek, Adam J B Walker, Polly Welsby, Ken Wilder, Joanna Zdzienicka
Image: Sloganball, Courtesy Freee Collective