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It isn’t important, it’s only art……

Artists: Laura Pawela, Julita Wójcik, Oskar Dawicki, Anna Molska, Radosław Szlaga, Izabela Gustowska, Magisters, Joanna Rajkowska, Rafał Bujnowski, Zbigniew Libera, Sędzia Główny, Małgorzata Jabłońska, Azorro, Agnieszka Polska, Zuzanna Janin, Paweł Susid, Vesna Bukovec s.a.

Curator: Monika Szewczyk

17.06.2010 – 09.07.2010

Opening: 17.06.2010, at 07:30 p.m. in collaboration with Polish Cultural Institut.

It isn’t important, it’s only art……

Are we surprised by the statement expressed in the title? If not, why aren’t we? Have we gotten used to the unreliability of the media which evaluate cultural events according to their effectiveness on the one hand and their accessibility on the other? Have we become reconciled to the hostile attitude of clerks who treat art as a costly whim and who create hierarchies of cultural institution, with galleries invariably at the far end as the least useful and the most bothersome? Do we treat as natural not only the destitution but also the indolence and a lack of professional attitude on the part of cultural intitutions? If so, we live in a post-communist country, possibly in Poland. Art life in Poland after 2000, although very vibrant, has not attracted much social interest, which is however steadily rising. Art, which displays a high quality level and is ubiquitous in Polish reality, is suffering from an absence of dialogue with intellectuals. While it has all the makings of being an important driver of social processes, it is alienated. This state of affairs in Polish art has led to the creation of a great many tautological works, to an enhanced reflection on the status of art and art criticism, on the role and position of the artist, on the mission of cultural institutions, on threats in the art marker. For the first time ever artists have taken up, or rather initiated a discourse which has so far been evidently ailing or non-existent.

The works on display make us aware of how far we departed from the Romantic paradigm of the author and work so much cherished by Polish audiences. The legacy of this paradigm seems a source of misunderstandings and difficulties in addressing contemporary art. We need to take a lot of effort, indeed, so that art might become meaningful not only for us.

Curator: Monika Szewczyk
Translated by Marcin Turski

Press release – It isn’t important, it’s only art