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Perspectives on Polish Identity
May 28, 2008   
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Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej (The Contemporary Art Gallery) in Opole is opening this year's Ars Polonia series with an exhibition entitled Kraj: sztuka artystów z polskim rodowodem (Nation: Works of Artists of Polish Origin). The present exhibition is interdisciplinary and features works by artists with Polish roots born outside Poland, by Polish-born artists based abroad and by traveling artists. The exhibition aims to confront the audience with the idea of "Polishness," to spark reflection on the problem of identity and generate discussion on the limits of "Polishness."

The artists whose works are on display represent different generations, continents, influences and methods but are invariably expatriates, returned emigrants or people whose knowledge of their country of origin is limited to stories told by their parents.

Opole is the exhibition's only Polish venue before heading abroad. Marek Bartelik from New York and Magdalena Potorska from Berlin are the curators.

The exhibition includes paintings by Rebecca Quaytman, Jerzy Kubina and Ewa Harabasz from the United States, Joanna Buchowska and Andrzej Cisowski from Germany. There are drawings by Andrew Moszyński (Argentina-United States), posters by Christian Tomaszewski from the United States, sculptures by Gabriela Morawetz from France and installations by Adam Niklewicz from the United States, Anna Bella Geiger from Brazil, and Roland Schefferski and Przemysław Zajfert from Germany. There is also conceptual art by Krzysztof Wodiczko from the United States, photography by Jagoda Przybylak and Beata Pankiewicz from the United States, Wojciech Gilewicz from Poland and Marek PoĽniak from Germany and video art by Joanna Malinowska, Jacek Malinowski and Paweł Wojtasik from the United States, Inka Kardy¶ from Germany, and Anna Konik and Dominik Lejman from Poland. Finally, there is the cinema of Bruce Checefsky from the United States, the computer art of Wanda Siedlecka from the United States, the internet art of Henryk Gajewski from the Netherlands, and the performance art of Krzysztof Zarębski and Monika Weiss from the United States and Kinga Araya from Canada.

M.R.

Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej (Contemporary Art Gallery), 12 Teatralny Sq., 45-056 Opole, tel. +48-77 402-51-34
Open aily until June 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
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