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  1. Anthropologists in Art and DOBRE Cultural Platform present:
     
    IF I COULD REACH THE BORDER, THEN I WOULD STEP ACROSS
     
    Time and the other in the visual language of
    Andrij Bojarov and Jan Dziaczkowski

    April 6th – May 18th, 2013
    WM Gallery, Elandsgracht 35, Amsterdam
    Opening: Saturday April 6, 17.00-19.00 p.m.


     
    Collage by: Jan Dziaczkowski, Untitled, z cyklu/from the series  Japanese Monster Movies, 2009.
    Dzięki uprzejmości Fundacji Sztuk Wizualnych / Courtesy of Foundation for Visual Arts

     
    About the exhibition:
    It is the very first exhibition in the Netherlands which gives an overview of the works of two contemporary artists from Eastern Europe - Jan Dziaczkowski (Poland, 1983-2011) and Andrij Bojarov (Ukraine/Estonia, b. 1961-). The exhibition reflects upon how the two artists appropriate and incorporate foreign imagery into their domestic art praxis,  thereby creating a new home-grown visual language.
     
    The Border, mentioned in the title, symbolizes the separation between Eastern Europe and capitalistic societies, not only on the geographical and political level but also in its cultural schemes and aesthetics. Throughout history, Polish-Ukrainian intellectuals and artists often tried to reach upon this Border and by adopting western icons into their own work, manifest their presence and appurtenance to international art world.
     
    The exhibition features a set of traditionally made colour collages (Dziaczkowski) juxtaposed with black-and-white photography reprints and videos (Bojarov) that together generate a surrealistic picture of the world where there are no boundaries, and different spaces and times conflate into one continuum. Even though both Bojarov and Dziaczkowski use seemingly different visual languages, their works equally release a certain tension between the known and the unknown, familiar (domestic) and foreign, real and surreal. This kind of praxis fits perfectly in what might be called a postmodern reality or liquid modernity with an absence of actual forms or set rules, only a sustained collage of everything we know.
     
    Organised  in collaboration with The Foundation for Visual Arts from Krakow.
     
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    Anthropologists in Art oraz DOBRE Cultural Platform zapraszają na wystawę:
     
    IF I COULD REACH THE BORDER, THEN I WOULD STEP ACROSS
    Time and the other in the visual language of Andrij Bojarov and Jan Dziaczkowski
     
    Jest to pierwsza w Holandii prezentacja prac dwóch współczesnych artystów z Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej: Jana Dziaczkowskiego (Polska, 1983-2011) oraz Andrija Bojarova (Ukraina/Estonia, ur. 1961). Wystawa przedstawia swoistą grę języka wizualnego krajów postsocjalistycznych z ikonami kultury „Zachodu”.
     
    Wspomniana w tytule wystawy granica jest symbolem odseparowania Europy Wschodniej od kapitalistycznego społeczeństwa Zachodu. Jest ona granicą nie tylko w znaczeniu geograficzno-politycznym, ale także barierą odgradzającą państwa (post)komunistyczne od zachodnich wzorców kulturowych i estetycznych. Niemniej, artyści z Polski czy Ukrainy nierzadko w akcie przekory wykorzystywali w swej twórczości zachodnie wzory i ikony kultury. W ten sposób nie tylko występowali przeciwko prowincjonalizmowi i represywnej polityki państwa, ale również manifestowali swoją przynależności do międzynarodowego świata sztuki, który nie zna granic.
     
    Na wystawie zestawione zostały tradycyjnie wykonane, barwne kolaże Jana Dziaczkowskiego z czarno-białymi fotografiami i pracami video Andrija Bojarova. Zaprezentowana twórczość to swoistego rodzaju gra z formą i symbolem, która urzeczywistnia napięcia pomiędzy tym, co znane i nieznane, oswojone i obce, prawdziwe i nierealne. W efekcie powstał surrealistyczny obraz świata bez granic, w którym odmienne czasoprzestrzenie scalają się w jedno spójne kontinuum. Całość można określić mianem rzeczywistości postmodernistycznej, gdzie brakuje jednoznacznych form i ustalonych zasad, a istnieje jedynie kolaż złożony z elementów naszej wiedzy.
     
    Wystawa zorganizowana przy współpracy z Fundacją Sztuk Wizualnych z Krakowa.
     
    WM Gallery Amsterdam, 6 Kwietnia – 18 Maj, 2013
    Wernisaż: Sobota 6 Kwietnia, g. 17.00-19.00
     
    READ MORE HERE
     
     
    A. Bojarov, Untitled, from the series Postdigital (1998-2002, 2010-)


    About the artists:
    Jan Dziaczkowski is a painter, photographer and collage artist, also author of illustrations for magazines dedicated to music, social issues and culture, books and album covers.
    He was born in 1983 in Warsaw/Poland. In 2007 graduated from the Painting Department of Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. Between 2004-2007 he co-founded an informal group called Nuku Workshop. In 2007 his debut album "Collages" was released by the Ha!art Corporation. His output included also illustrations for Machina, Architecture, A4, Ha!art and Przekrój magazines.
    He took part in numerous collective exhibitions, e.g. Renoma. Reflections of Wrocław - Arup Phase 2 Gallery, London, UK (2009), You Can't Get There From Here, CCNY, New York / USA (2010), Modernization / Modernización, Aula Cultural Universidad Abierta - Universidad Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca / Spain (2010) and solo shows, e.g. Keine Grenze at V8 Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2009) and at Laurence Miller Gallery, New York / USA (2010).
    He died tragically in September 2011 in an accident in the Tatra Mountains.
     
    Andrij Bojarov is a media-art artist, working with various forms such as photography,painting, video, photocopy, etc., also an architect.
    He was born in 1961 in Lviv/Ukraine. He divided his life between Ukraine and Estonia. Living in Tallinn by the end of the 1980s, he returned to Lviv to obtain a degree in architecture. He worked and designed projects in the fields of photography, painting and video-art in Estonia, Poland, and Finland, and travelled to expand his knowledge of his craft. He worked with the Centre for Modern Art in Warsaw, the Cultural Foundation in Estonia, and with various Estonian newspapers, radio and television stations. He taught Fundamentals of Architecture in Tallinn. He also works in Lviv as an interior architect. Member of Ukrainian Photographic
    Alteranative group.
    Main solo exhibitions: Nemad/Them at the Estonian National Library, Tallinn, Estonia(1996), Site Specific solo exhibition – Tallinn Municipal Gallery/Estonia (1997), Recycling
    for Popular Use exhibits in public spaces in Ukraine / Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa (1998-2007), 1991- Photoproject photo-and videoworks at Gary Bowman Gallery, Lviv/Ukraine (2011), Places – Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe, Lviv/Ukraine (2011), Sites - BWA,Rzeszow/ Poland (2011), Biały Orzeł and others 5x5 Gallery – Noc Kultury, Lublin/Poland (2012). Main collective exhibitions: DeNovo International Art Symposium – Pidhirzi Castle/Ukraine (1998), One Man History Museum – Lviv’ Ethnography Museum/Ukraine (2001), Uncertainty/Week of Contemporary Art, Lviv/Ukraine (2012).
    Now lives and works in Lviv, Ukraine.


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    The exhibition is kindly supported by:

      

                    


    For more info please contact:
    Anthropologists in Art, email: info@aiart.nl, website: www.aiart.nl