Artur Zmijewski

Artur Zmijewski

Fire Station Artists’ Studios

November 3, 2010

19 November – 22 December 2010

Thurs 18th Nov, 2010, 6-8pm.

Gallery II & III:
Video screening:
Two Monuments 2009, Democracies 2009

RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2, Ireland

Launching a publication edited by Fire Station Artists’ Studios,
Including essays by Dave Beech and Artur Żmijewski

To purchase:

In 2008 Artur Żmijewski was invited by Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin to develop a project examining the changing nature of Polish Irish relations and the labour market. It was at this precise time that the previously booming Irish economy was in decline and the new immigrant workforce, many from Poland and other Eastern European countries, were starting to feel the impact of this downturn. Over a series of visits to Dublin in 2008-2009, the artist invited Polish and Irish unemployed men and women to take part in a series of intense workshops, where they were given the task of working together to construct their own workers monuments. The artist filmed and edited the results into Two Monuments. Democracies consists of 15 short videos made by Żmijewski between 2007 and 2009, in cities and towns across Europe exploring the diversity of political uses of public space. These videos that play simultaneously, include a protest against the Israeli occupation in the West bank, a Loyalist parade in Belfast, a re-enactment of the Warsaw Uprising, the funeral of an extreme right wing leader in Austria, and a crowd of German and Turkish football fans.

Fire Station Artists’ Studios is funded by the Arts Council in Ireland.

*Image above:
Courtesy Artur Żmijewski and the Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw.

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