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Roni Horn and the Dualism of Nature
June 17, 2010   
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Acclaimed American artist Roni Horn’s work is now on display at the Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art, with the photographic series You Are the Weather (1994-1995), Cabinet of (2001), Bird (2008), and a.k.a (2008/2009) all being represented.

Horn has no particular preference for tools or media and her creativity covers such diverse artistic media as sculpture, photography, installation, drawings and books. Her strong visual message makes a powerful base for the difficult themes she grapples with—identity, gender, the dualism of human nature, sensuality and sexuality.

The series a.k.a comprises 30 images of the artist taken throughout various phases of her life. Pairs of photos are matched, most frequently with color against black and white, and considerably mixed up so that, say, a photo of a three-year-old Roni stands next to a photo of her when she was mature or a young woman.

Nature is important in Horn’s work. The photographs of glaciers, lava and frozen rivers she took during a trip to Iceland are famous and one of her best known and most recognizable works is You Are the Weather. This shows a woman’s face immersed in a thermal spring in varying climatic conditions and is on display at the Center for Contemporary Art.

The Bird series consists of 20 color photographs of exotic birds’ heads taken from behind. Virtually identical pairs are juxtaposed.

Horn was born in New York in 1955 and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University. She has won many prestigious prizes, including the Cal Arts/Alpert Award and a Guggenheim scholarship. She took part in the Whitney Biennial in 1991 and the Venice Biennial in 1997. Her works have been exhibited at the world’s major cultural institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, and recently at the Tate Modern in London and the Whitney Museum in New York.

Until June 13
Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle
2 Jazdów St., www.csw.art.pl
tel. +48 22 625 05 22
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