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Icons and War
March 12, 2008   
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Ewa Harabasz's exhibition Icons is now showing at Warsaw's Le Guern Gallery. Elements inspired by religious art are juxtaposed with visual mass media clichés, especially press photos of wars and natural disasters. Harabasz repaints these against a golden backdrop full of symbolism that recalls the gilding of a Byzantine icon or a late medieval painting in a European church. Scenes from the wars in Bosnia and Iraq, the Beslan tragedy, and the terrorist attack in the London metro are stripped of their documentary character to become "modern icons of war and suffering."

Harabasz was born in Częstochowa, southern Poland, in 1957. She restored wall mosaics and icons in Poland and Rome in the 1980s before moving to the United States. She studied at the College for Creative Studies of Art and Design in Detroit, and received a degree from Detroit's Wayne State University. She has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. Harabasz now lives in New York and teaches at Cornell University.


Exhibition open until April 13, Tue.-Sat., 12 noon-7 p.m., Le Guern Gallery, 8 Widok St., Warsaw www.gallery.leguern.pl
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