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Art, Politics and Pigeons
May 7, 2015   
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The Zachęta National Gallery of Art is hosting an exhibition of work by Anna Jermolaewa, one of Austria’s foremost contemporary artists. The exhibition, entitled Good Times, Bad Times, presents audiences with the first opportunity to see work by Jermolaewa, mostly photography, video art and installations, in a solo exhibition in Poland.

Jermolaewa is primarily interested in analyzing social structures, social relations and people’s daily routines. She particularly likes to focus on the limitations of human existence.

The exhibition takes its title from a series of simple photographs that Jermolaewa took in 2007 of pigeons perched on the hands of a clock mounted on a gray facade. Arranged in chronological order, these ordinary urban scenes show that 2:45 p.m. is a much more convenient time for pigeons to take a rest than, for example, 5:55 p.m.

Items on show at the Zachęta exhibition come from the past 15 years and include projects inspired by recent opposition movements in Russia and by Jermolaewa’s family history. In 1989, politics forced the artist out of Russia after she co-founded that country’s first opposition party, the Democratic Union. The exhibition is the first time Polish audiences can see a video entitled Aleksandra Wysokińska/20 Jahre danach (2009), which is a moving portrait of a Polish woman who helped Jermolaewa flee to Austria.

Until May 10

Zachęta National Gallery of Art; 3 Małachowskiego Sq.
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