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The Games Poles Play

Jacek Malinowski, Józef Robakowski, Kobas Laksa, Kuba Bąkowski, Łukasz Gronowski, Paweł Althamer, Piotr Żyliński

5 – 19 May 2012

Curated by Monika Szewczyk

The Games Poles Play

Piotr Żyliński, Trans-Atlantyk (2009, video still).

An exhibition featuring a selection of Polish video art curated by Monika Szewczyk at CCA forms part of Polish Culture Week 2012.

The Gales Poles Play features video works from the Podlasie Assocition for the Encouragement of time Arts and the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok. These works investigate the continuing process of political transformation in Poland, that began more than twenty years ago. Poland is a country where political divisions are deep and hostile. Within this landscape the question of identity is one that evokes an increasingly emotional response.


Józef Robakowski’s contemporary classic From my window is a video work that was shot between 1978 and 1999 – from the times of socialism through the Solidarity movement to the first decade of democracy. It is a journalistic record of everyday lives of the inhabitants of one apartment block where the artist also lived.

The protagonist in Jacek Malinowski’s video Marker is a fictional character involved with an informal group of alter-globalists who try to reclaim ‘man’s right to the world’. However, their rebellion is just as fictitious as the matrix of the global capitalistic system, therefore the protagonist falls back to the atavistic gesture of marking out territory… with urine.

In Video clip Paweł Althamer asks young people how they see their future. What do they expect? What do they dream of? This new generation, un-marked by the experience of communism, sometimes repeats the stereotypes and auto-stereotypes grounded in a society building a democracy, but also gives hope of neutralizing contemporary tensions and conflicts.

The Games Poles Play is part of VI Polish Cultural Week. Works for the show are generously on loan from the collections of Podlaskie Associations for Promotion of the Fine Arts and Arsenal Gallery.

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