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Anna Konik, In the Middle of the Way, 2001-2005
Anna Konik

Friday, November 18, 2005 - Friday, January 6, 2006
Opening reception: Fri., Nov. 18, 5-9 PM

2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH
Admission: FREE and open to the public 
Hours: Tue - Thu 11-5:30, Fri - Sat 11-9, Sun 1-5

In the Middle of the Way is a video project that takes us on the personal journeys of those left unnoticed at the fringes of society. Exploring themes of homelessness and loneliness, the project includes Konik's own personal journey, leading us to question where our own societal boundaries lie. The project spans both time and space. The artist created the first part in April 2001 in Warsaw, the second in October 2002 in Berlin, the third in March 2005 in Moscow, and a fourth installment - focusing on herself - in April-May 2005 in Berlin, Warsaw, and in Dobrodzien, the small town in southern Poland that is the artist's home town.

Konik's latest installment, created in Cleveland, will be shown as a wall projection at SPACES, while the other works will be mounted in a variety of contextual city locations: in a space owned by the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood Corporation, in conjunction with the Cleveland Public Theater, on the West Side, a few minutes away from SPACES; in another space being renovated only blocks away from SPACES in Ohio City, close to the West Side Market; and in downtown Cleveland, in the old May Company building (a landmark), where there is enormous pedestrian traffic.

Polish artist Anna Konik is the current SPACES World Artists Program resident in Cleveland, designed to give visiting artists the time and opportunity to create new work and interact with the Northeast Ohio community. After meeting with social service agencies, artists, and broader members of the Cleveland community, Konik was introduced through the St. Malachi Center, a near the West Side organization, to Juba, a homeless, African-American Vietnam veteran.. Konik spent days with Juba, assembling his story into a dialogue that blurs the fine line between "traditional society" and homelessness.

The artist is based in Warsaw, Poland, but identifies with her nomadic collaborators as she herself continues to move from country to country, focusing on exhibitions and investigations of social issues. Konik's work has been shown extensively in Poland and Germany, as well as Austria and Russia. This is her first visit to the United States.

The project is realized with major support from the Ohio Arts Council, which funds international residencies through a grant from the US Department of Education; it is realized in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and A-I-R at the Centre for Contemporary Art "Ujazdowski Castle", Warsaw, Poland, as part of the POLAND-U.S. ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE EXCHANGE PROGRAM.

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