Inscriptions od Identity. Affinity, Difference, Gesture

Address Krakowskie Przedmieście 16/18, Warszawa
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The exhibition Inscriptions od Identity. Affinity, Difference, Gesture will feature artists whose works are specific inscriptions in the domain of broadly defined identity (national, environmental and cultural). This identity is sewn together by personal artistic affiliations and experiences, differentiating and limiting the scope of belonging.
The national domains – Belarusian (Ala Savashevich, Sergey Shabohin), Roma (Krzysztof Gil, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas), Ukrainian (Lia Dostilieva and Andrii Dostiliev, Alexander Sovtysik) and Jewish (Zuzanna Hertzberg, Natalia Romik) - are linked by the act of communal, often bitter experience of minority. This experience, however, is diluted, still within these groups, by the gesture and individual statement of one’s own identity, inalienable and irreducible. The creative act of Ali Savashewich, saturated with feminine sensitivity, which unites the body with the political, the “revisionism” of Sergey Shabohin, inspired by the criticism of the institution of the museum and the media, the Roma femmage art of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas and the art of Krzysztof Gil, which de-romanticizes the myth of Romskość, the art of Aleksander Sovtysik, emphasizing absence and creating artifacts in places of absence, the “disassemblies” of Lia Dostilieva and Andriy Dostiliev that emphasize the privacy of historical experience, Natalia Romik’s mirror-like reconstructions of the Jewish fabric of Polish cities, and Zuzanna Hertzberg’s artivism that combines the motif of the revolutionary Shekhinah with the practices and iconographies of resistance. Identity is not a territory or a border, but an obligation. The extent to which we can recognize it and empathize with it depends on our competence, cognitive and emotional.

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