March 27, 2016 - Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art - Angelika Markul: What is lost is at the beginning
March 27, 2016

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

Angelika Markul, Yonaguni Area, 2016. Video installation. Courtesy of the artist.

Angelika Markul
What is lost is at the beginning
March 24–July 31, 2016

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
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00-467 Warsaw
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The exhibition of Angelika Markul touches on the desire of immersion, on the extraction of what is hidden in the depths, reaching the sources. However, the source or the beginning is always lost. Exploring, therefore, means plunging into uncertainty, but at the same time, immersion into that which is unrecognizable or oblivious to us. The answer to the emerging uncertainty usually arises in the form of a phantasm or myth. Instead of hasty attempts to fill or compensate for the loss, the artist suggests exactly the opposite. She proposes to stop on the threshold, to immerse oneself in the uncertainty and to commence a certain game.

Angelika Markul focuses on places or situations in which what might be called “liminal phenomena” manifest. Some of them only have trace potency, but others exceed the moment of extreme or are suspended in a pending state. In the What is lost is at the beginning exhibition, the artist explores The Yonaguni Monument in Japan, the scientific observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile, as well as the cave in the Mexican Naica Mine.

Historical settlements, geological creations or technological devices become Markul’s resources for her own unique aesthetical exploitation. By strengthening ambiguity, vacillations or distortions, the artist extracts from them a sensory experience, and then shares it with viewers. Arranged in spatial sequences, Markul’s monumental installations become a medium for conveying stories about the desire to explore, which is driven by what was lost in the beginning—a certainty that knowledge will be acquired.

Angelika Markul, b. 1977, a graduate of the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, with a diploma in Christian Boltanski’s multimedia studio. Since 1997, she has been permanently living and working in Paris. Angelika Markul's individual shows were displayed in the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz, Kewenig Galerie in Cologne, and Foksal Gallery in Warsaw.

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