29.09 – 11.11.2012 HOOLS
artists: David Adamo, Olaf Brzeski, Klara Lidén, Joris van de Moortel, Ahmet Ögüt, Ariel Schlesinger, Konrad Smoleński, Satoru Tamura
curators: Katarzyna Kołodziej, Magdalena Komornicka
exhibition design Paulina Tyro-Niezgoda
Can young artists afford artistic hooliganism? Is the fascination with real or potential destruction in art a way to revolutionary changes or just an artistic strategy? What is the purpose of artistic pranks and mischief?
The objects and situations presented in the show, representing various degrees of tension – from less controlled, impulsive ones to more subtle, poetic, metaphorical or even funny ones – serve as a preliminary attempt to analyse a phenomenon that could be referred to as artistic hooliganism. A phenomenon that assumes various forms in art, resulting from various motivations and pursuing various goals.
At a time of unrest, the Indignados, Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, the actions of the Russian collective Voina, and the trial of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, there are many rebels without a cause among young artists. Fascination with acts of hooliganism, vandalism, violence and destruction leads them to their aestheticisation, to a ‘habituation of violence’, conscious risk taking, and confronting the public with potential or ostensible danger. Destruction, annihilation, brutality and violence become performative acts, turning into an analysis of the physical aspect of use of force, while vandalism turns into tomfoolery, prankishness or roguish mischief.
Despite their formal differences and different energy charges, the featured works share a common denominator, all being in a way inconvenient, irritating, discomforting, and, through their ‘passive aggressive’ approach, undeniably disturbing.
Patron of the exhibition: Embassy of the United States of America
Artist's works in the Zachęta collection
29.09 – 11.11.2012
Zachęta National Gallery of Art
pl. Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw
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sponsors of the gallery: Lidex, Netia
sponsors of the opening ceremony:
Łomża Podkapslowe, Bobby Burger, DeLonghi, Kenwood, A.Blikle, Freixenet
media patronage: Gazeta Wyborcza, Polskie Radio, The Warsaw Voice, Stolica, PANI, Artinfo.pl