VIEWS 2009 Deutsche Bank Foundation Award
19.09 – 15.11.2009 VIEWS 2009 Deutsche Bank Foundation Award
Works on exhibition
Artists' works in the Zachęta collection
The Verdict of the Jury
Wojciech Bąkowski has been chosen as the winner of the 2009 award because of his outstanding ability to imbue his visual images with both deep psychological elements and a sense of the poetic. His films offer precise observations of the socio-cultural context and a strong sense of individual feelings and experiences. These he presents in dynamic, animated images with accompanying poetic commentaries which combine to form an audio-visual whole. The inner monologues of his protagonists turn out to be of a wider importance for our own observations and definitions of identity, and thus of wide-reaching, universal significance. In observing the seemingly extraordinary and peculiar appearances of the actors and motifs in his films, we in fact discover truths about ourselves. In his almost obsessive observation of himself and others, Bąkowski does not try to be expressive and emotional, but always to take up a conceptual and analytical challenge. This is not emotional art, but an art about emotions. He is an artist that is able to step back from himself in order to achieve presence. This is clearly demonstrated by his cooperation with Anna Molska which, in both conceptual and stylistic terms, is clearly in line with Bąkowski’s earlier work. Both artists deserve great credit for this outstanding artistic collaboration. However, the jury’s decision was not based only on this exhibition and the new works of art, but on the whole of the artist’s oeuvre to date.
Anna Molska won her award for the fact that her films and performances offer a new perspective on the modernist past, a perspective that is itself innovative. This utopian and socially critical modernist movement is shown in a contemporary context. The artist places icons of this critical modernism, the geometrical and constructionist forms that constitute its inherently pictorial quality, into real social and landscape contexts where they transform into real icons of opposition. The artist thus democratizes forms that ought to be open to this. Her self-identity and process of self-interrogation as an artist are linked to the questions that history of art has for the as yet unresolved topic of utopia. This is art for art’s sake that nonetheless breaks out of the hermetic closure of l’art pour l’art since in her works, the artist makes firm contact with a reality and context beyond art. This is also a challenge: to not follow history programmatically and not to fix on utopia tightly defined rules, but to emphasize them through a playful art.
Born in 1974 in Lubliniec, Poland. Works with video, installation, photography and drawing. In 2012 she received a doctorate in fine arts from the Media and Scenography Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has been a guest lecturer at Bielefeld University (2013/2012), Humboldt University in Berlin (Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, 2009) and the Sommerakademie in Salzburg (2009/2008), and has received artistic and academic fellowships. Her solo exhibitions include: Void Gallery, Derry (2014); parliament of Sweden, Stockholm (2012); Atlas Sztuki, Łódź (2011); Max Libermann Haus, Berlin (2010). She participated in, among others: A Voice of Ones Own, Konstmuseum & Moderna Museet, Malmö (2014); Deprivation, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok (2014); Next Door: Poland and Germany –1000 Years of History in Art, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2011).
Deutsche Bank Foundation Award
19.09 – 15.11.2009
Zachęta – National Gallery of Art
pl. Małachowskiego 3, 00-916 Warsaw
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