November 30, 2018 - Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art - Karolina Babińska: Do It Yourself
November 30, 2018

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art

Karolina Babińska, Do It Yourself. Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo: Bartosz Górka.

Karolina Babińska
Do It Yourself
November 22–December 30, 2018

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów Street
00-467 Warsaw
Poland
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 12–7pm,
Thursday 12–9pm

T +48 22 628 12 71
info@u-jazdowski.pl

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Karolina Babińska
Do It Yourself
November 22–December 30, 2018

Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
2 Jazdów Street
00-467 Warsaw
Poland
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 12–7pm,
Thursday 12–9pm

T +48 22 628 12 71
info@u-jazdowski.pl

u-jazdowski.pl
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In her artistic practice, Karolina Babińska escapes classic categories and is not easily pigeonholed. It is difficult to say what kind of art she makes. When initiating events or participating in exhibitions, she often applies the strategy of avoidance. Almost by instinct she fails to deliver the “products” expected of her as an artist. As she takes her beginning steps in the ever-more professionalized world of art, she also asks herself what professionalism actually means here. At the same time, it does not make the task easier for her or her collaborators. Does this attitude cause her projects to deal directly with the issues of artistic production, the circulation of images and meanings? What will we see this time in the Project Room at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art? Certainly not what we would expect—or, exactly what we would expect.

Karolina Babińska provokes us to reflect on what role art should play in times of tension related to the crisis of image, language and communication in everyday life, public discourse and social media. In her work for Project Room, she reflects on the function of art in the process of production, the circulation of images or representations. Taking up the game at the level of meaning, she decides to make a minimalist gesture that distorts architecture and the perception of the exhibition space. She also goes beyond this space, as the actual exhibition is located in the communication route leading to the gallery rather than into an actual white cube. Babińska’s objects, blending in with the surroundings, ironically refer to their functionality. The objects she creates are as if they are between being in and out of “circulation.” It is difficult to capture their status. To Babińska, the most crucial points are the aesthetics and undermining existing meanings, as well as making the whole situation of exhibiting more abstract. Making specific deformations of the encountered objects, she reflects on their functional features.

As part of her project, Babińska also interferes with the visual identification that accompanies the events in the Project Room and constitutes a marketing image of the exhibition. Using her own image and also transforming the already recognizable visual identification of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, the artist winks at us, pointing out how important it is for artists to take up the topics of communication, language and form, again and again.

This is the sixth and the last exhibition in the Project Room series this year, following the projects by Grzegorz Stefański, Maria Toboła, Weronika Gęsicka, Ania Nowak and Karolina Mełnicka. Within this series U–jazdowski presents works of emerging Polish artists, with premiere exhibitions prepared especially for this space. An international jury will award the two best exhibitions with a 1st Prize (20,000 PLN) and 2nd Prize (10,000 PLN). The winners will be announced in January 2019.

Karolina Babińska, born in 1986 in Poznań, studied law and administration at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and at the University of Szczecin, as well as cultural studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University. She also graduated from the Academy of Art in Szczecin with a degree in painting and new media (diploma project I leave my workplace #1 #2 #3). Looking for her own way, and in gaining experience she uses in her artistic practice, she worked as an instructor of art, film, photography, puppet theatre and stage design at the Pleciuga Puppet Theatre in Szczecin, and at the Brother Albert Youth Sociotherapy Centre in Szczecin. She took part in group exhibitions in Obrońców Stalingradu 17 in Szczecin, Student Depot Polonez in Poznań, W Y Gallery in Łódź and at the Młode Wilki Festival. She was a finalist of the Hestia Artistic Journey competition in 2017.

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