Presented for the first time at TARQ in its entirety, Encounters is a cross-cultural dialogue between the traditional forms of folk art and craft from different countries around the world.
The Artist takes a traditional Polish paper cut out of roosters on a journey to different countries, mainly India, but also Palestine and Turkey, and collaborates with local craftsmen, to produce and reproduce the original design using techniques that are unique to different regions.
Dobrucka sees the project as an experiment, which aims to explore modes of intercultural dialogue in the era of capitalism and globalization. From Handwerk to Kunstwerk – from craft to art – from the un-authored object there leads a path to the authentic authored valuable. In the era of capitalism, the hand, once so crucial to the art worker, has been made redundant by technological advances.Why is craft viewed as a skill passed on from generation to generation and art as an expression of an individual?
She aims to explore the question Walter Benjamin once asked; the fingerprints of the potter are seen as a way of individuating, authenticating works that are profoundly different from the authentication of works of fine art. Craft, embroidery in particular, is a skill that is categorized as homogeneously feminine. The profession of the ‘ The Second Sex’ is not commonly acknowledged to be art. Dobrucka delves into the nuances of all of these intricate issues in her continuing practice.
The project aims to become a commentary on the various traditional art practices and narratives, which delineate where one culture starts and another ends. Like the project, the exhibition will continue to evolve with the addition of new pieces in the month that it is at TARQ.