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Implant IHS (Insect Home System), 2002
The Polish Cultural Institute
is pleased to announce
an opening of an exhibition

Tatiana Czekalska and Leszek Golec

Friday, May 17, 2002 - Saturday, July 13, 2002

Art in General
79 Walker Street, New York, NY Tel: 212.219.0473

During their Artist Residency at Art in General, Leszek Golec and Tatiana Czekalska are creating a safe haven for small living creatures in their ongoing project Sentient Home Systems. Their work, while pointedly unobtrusive, questions the flippancy with which animal life is regarded within contemporary industrial society. By creating comfortable environments for small animals and insects, the artists aim to re-introduce and confront the viewer with an often overlooked element of urban life.

They describe their installation this way:

...In a seemingly empty space, a single spotlight illuminates a column with the model of an AVATAR BIO/LOGICAL, and also reveals small openings in the walls. These discreetly beautiful biological forms are IMPLANTS IHS /INSECT HOME SYSTEM/. These form part of a system - SENTIENT HOME - and lead to a second space - not visible to Man - but safe for these living and lively little creatures who have received for this life the disadvantageous bodies of insects...

19For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. 20All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.

Ecclesiastes 3:19-20: New King James Version (NKJV)

In past projects, Golec and Czekalska have crafted a space of respite for birds out of china, silver, titanium, and solar panels and have designed and produced gold and silver protective cases for safely removing unwanted insects. Their recent solo shows include The Fifth Activity, Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland (2001) and Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2000). Their selected group exhibitions include Postindustrial Sorrow, Nassauischer, Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Germany (2000); Transfer, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (1998); Passport: Exchange, (Ex)change, Arthouse Multimedia Center, Dublin, Ireland (1997); 5th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (1997); and Construction in Process Back in Lodz, Poland (1990). Golec and Czekalska currently live and work in Lódz and Oronsko, Poland.

Leszek Golec - reappeared in 1959

Diploma from the Higher Faculty of Photography in Warsaw, 1989

Since 1985 has been holding a position in the Center of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko

Since 1988 a member of the Polish Association of Artists Photographers

Since 1997 a member of the International Supreme Master Ching Hai Meditation Association

Tatiana Czekalska - reappeared in 1966

Diploma from the Fine Art Academy, Faculty of Apparel Design, in Lodz, 1995

Since 1999 a member of the International Supreme Master Ching Hai Meditation Association

For more information on artists' previous works, please visit

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