August 26, 2012 - BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art - VOID
August 26, 2012


M. Bałka, Tanz, 2002. Video still.
Courtesy of the artist.

8 September–7 October 2012

Opening: 7 September, 6pm

BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art
34 Kosciuszki St.
33-300 Nowy Sacz, Poland

Artists: Mirosław Bałka, Lászlo Féher, Hadassa Goldvicht, Dina Gottlieb, Stephan Huber, Nikifor Krynicki, Tomasz Kulka, Maryan S. Maryan, Jerzy Nowosielski, Krystyna Piotrowska, Nihad Nino Pušija, Leon Tarasewicz, Zoran Todorović, Urban Art (Anne Peschken & Marek Pisarsky), Bronisława “Papusza” Wajs, Andy Warhol

Curator: Anda Rottenberg

The exhibition is the 5th part of the Project GALICIA. TOPOGRAPHIES OF MYTH.

In English the word void denotes an unused place, but also an unoccupied space. In practical usage, void is an occasional notion: a place, once occupied, was at some moment emptied, but soon it will be occupied again. Like on a plane, a train or a tramway: one person gets off and another gets on. This notion may also serve as an allegory, referring to geographic sites in which a quick exchange of population took place.  In the 20th century the most violent and mass “relocation of population” started with World War II. As a result of “eliminations,” relocations and racial prejudice, the ethnic structure of several regions of Poland during World War II, among them the Sadeckie region changed completely. One is reminded of the former ethnic polyphony of this region by a large open air ethnographic museum, by the Galician Town, built next to it, and by occasional festivals. The present exhibition has a similar goal.
–Anda Rottenberg

During the opening:
1pmMeadow: an activity by Krystyna Piotrowska in cooperation with the inhabitants of Nowy Sacz on the banks of the Dunajec river (going down Romanowskiego St.)
6pm – official opening of the exhibition in the courtyard of the BWA SOKOL Gallery
6:30pmMusic of 4 cultures, a concert performed by the Kapela Brodów folk band, Adam Strug and Teresa Mirga in the courtyard of the BWA SOKOL Gallery

About the project
The project GALICIA. TOPOGRAPHIES OF MYTH aims at presenting in Nowy Sacz contemporary art in its most current and international dimensions. Its theme refers to the context of the place, as well as the identity of the town and the region. Under the project, Nowy Sacz hosts five international exhibitions on the premises of the BWA SOKOL Gallery of Contemporary Art as well as within its urban space. The curators of these events are Adam Budak, Michal Koleček, Barnabás Bencisk, Danna Heller and Anda Rottenberg. The exhibitions take place in the period from May 2011 until September 2012. VOID constitutes the fifth exhibition of the series.



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