The final exhibition of the summer edition of MPRA

August 25, 2012 in Arsenał, Patrik Kovačovský, Presentations of artists, Veronika Tzekova

Final exhibition for the International Artist in Residence Programme’s summer edition
Patrik Kovačovský „Second Spaceˮ

Veronika Tzekova „CHAlleNGED Gamesˮ
12-23 September 2012, admission free

12 September 2012 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM – opening exhibition with Patrik Kovačovsky
22 September 2012 (Saturday) 6:00 PM – closing exhibition with z udziałem Veronika Tzekova
Venue: Galeria Miejska Arsenał, Poznań

This year in September, Galeria Miejska Arsenał hosts an exhibition of Patrik Kovačovski’s and Veronika Tzekova’s works. The event will sum up the artists’ residency projects performed as a part of the International Artists in Residence Programme in Poznan. Read the rest of this entry →

Angelo Romano’s lecture at the University

April 14, 2012 in Angelo Romano, Presentations of artists, Residences 2012, UAM

On Wednesday 11th April one of our residents met his Polish audience for the first time. Angelo Romano talked about his curatorial research with students and members of the AMU Department of Art History.

“How different passages of historical moments are happening together on one place and in the same time?”

This is the title of the project carried out by Romano for the last two years in Shanghai. The starting point for his research was the discovery of a cultural phenomenon, Lai Lai Bar, a club located in a poor quarter of Shanghai, where homosexual people came to dance, accompanied Chinese music, ballroom dances imported from “the West” and structured in that tradition. This unique blend of cultural patterns provoked questions about identity building, historical influences, and the functioning of local communities, which formed the beginning to Angelo Romano’s research. Read the rest of this entry →

Meeting with the December residents/AMU

December 11, 2011 in Björn Drenkwitz, Erika Miklóšová, Presentations of artists, Residences 2011, Uncategorized

Peer-to-Peer review session

November 16, 2011 in Hannah Champion, Presentations of artists, Sinead B. Cashell

Galeria Miejska Arsenał

Wednesday, 16.November 2011, 6.00 PM

The session was attended by two November MPRA residents, Hannah Champion and Sinead B. Cashell, as well as Poznań-based artists, Joanna Tekla Woźniak and Mateusz Sadowski. The meeting was devoted to conversation, which hopefully provided a chance to get to know the artists’ works and projects.

SINÉAD BHREATHNACH-CASHELL

She comes from Northern Ireland, but has worked all over the world, including Canada, Iceland, Chile, Uruguay, and China. Now Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell comes to Poznań.

Her works focus on the way we experience the space we live in, in particular the urban space. Invitig the residents of the cities she visits to get involved in her works, she shows how transforming the existing reality can be fun and how incomplete our normal perception of our surroundings is.

In Poznań, partly during the No Women No Art festival, she will show her works, including the Cardboard Cities project, which allows the participants to construct elements of urban architecture out of recyclable materials, and an installation using an optical illusion called Pepper’s Ghost, which shows how fragile our perception of forms in space can be.

HANNAH CHAMPION

Her works contrast various cultural representations of femininity, showing at the same time how oppressive and conventional they are. Her creative activity questions exisiting norms and searches for the often overlooked dominant/submissive relationships.

Her Poznań residency is for her an opportunity to compare Polish images of femininity with those ingrained in British and Scottish culture. The issue of the status of femininity in Polish culture and society will appear in various contexts during her whole stay, among others at a workshop for Poznań women organized in the National Museum and poster workshops, this time targeted also for children and their parents.

Her final exhibition summing up her artistic search will present a video and photo documentation. The artist will keep us up to date with her artistic and research activity on the MPRA’s weblog.

JOANNA TEKLA WOŹNIAK

She is a graduate of, among others, the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. She graduated with honours from the Art Education Department in Art Criticism and Promotion and from the Multimedia Communication Department in Intermedia. She also studied in the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, where she got a Master of Research in Creative Practices degree. She is a finalist of the Maria Dokowicz Competition for the best 2006 MA theses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, winning the Poznań Galeria ON’s award. From 2004 to 2005 she studied at the Dartington College of Arts in the UK as a Socrates-Erasmus student. In 2011 she was awarded an annual scholarship by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Joanna is an art critic and a popularizer and promoter of modern art, particularly new media art, participation practices and performances. She was the curator, organizer and coordinator of numerous curatorial exhibition projects. She promoted among others the works of Paulina Płachecka and Mateusz Sadowski, inviting the artists to participate in her projects, including an exhibition titled The Pursuit of Happiness/ W Poszukiwaniu Szczęścia in Galeria Miejska Arsenał in 2010, which she curated. She also writes text about modern art and culture. She organized and ran fine arts and art therapy workshops for children and adults. Her exhibitions were presented not only in Poland, but also in Germany, Scotland, and England.

MATEUSZ SADOWSKI

His works concern photography, video, and the concept of the object. He was born in 1984. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, where he has lived and worked.

His works focus on the clear tension between a sensual experience and an intellectual structure. Their distinct feature is the erotic component. He builds the ideas for his art on associations with nature, deriving his concepts from elements of the natural landscape.

He had both individual and group exhibitions, the former including Last Time with Dawid Misiorny, Galeria Wozownia, (Toruń 2010) „Fire”, Galeria Stereo (Poznań 2009), „Sensitivity”, Galeria Nova (Kraków 2009), and the latter „Samsung Art Master” (Warszawa 2010), „Transylvania” (Zielona Góra 2010), „I like all these pictures”, (Poznań 2009), „Light Fever” (Poznań 2008). In 2010, he won the Henkel Art Award Poland Grand Prize and Samsung Art Master 7 in CSW in the Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.