Exhibition

Izabela Łęska, Mikołaj Szpaczyński "AT THE END OF THE GAZE"

16 Feb 2019 – 7 Apr 2019

Cost of entry

Free

Zachęta Project Room

Warsaw
mazowieckie, Poland

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The multi-level project deals with issues related to bodily movement and physical presence.

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The multi-level project deals with issues related to bodily movement and physical presence. Wandering is a state that allows one to disappear momentarily, to blend in with the surroundings, On the other hand, it is conducting to observe certain phenomena, which remain invisible in other conditions. The exhibition, playing with the ways of exhibiting works, is a multi-layered game with the body and senses of the viewer, at the same time becoming fully understandable only after passing through the whole distance in the landscape of the Zachęta Project Room. In this case, the journey begins with an attempt at a meeting of artists, continues in a commentary on their common impressions of functioning in the world of art, drawing on such notions as the visibility coefficient, and closes with reflections on the overlooked aspects of the artistic work. Physical aspects of both the artist's and the viewer's eyeball appear, as well as wider perceptual mechanisms within cultural institutions and the field of art. Not without significance for the project is also the context of the season, because snow can blind, make things unreal, but also highlight certain phenomena, just as happened to Hans Castorp in the famous snowstorm scene in Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain". That is also where the motif of borrowing a pencil comes from. The theme can be explained as crossing the barrier of otherness in contact with another person, which allows one to slightly melt together with that person, stretching the artist's state of focus between presence and absence.

Curators

Magda Kardasz

Exhibiting artists

Izabela Łęska

Mikołaj Szpaczyński

Taking part

Zacheta - National Art Gallery

Zacheta - National Art Gallery

Warsaw, Poland

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