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POZA
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
October 28 - January 29, 2007

The Polish word "poza" has a double meaning: a "pose" or "posturing" (one's disguise of one's true nature for public display) and "beyond" or "besides".

Curated by the Polish-born and New York based art critic and art historian Marek Bartelik, POZA will gather together works of 31 artists with roots directly or indirectly in Poland, and who currently live in Poland, the United States, Canada, France, and Brazil. The artists represent different generations - the oldest born in the 1930s, the youngest in the early 1980s.

Participating artists in the Main Gallery are the Azorro group, Frida Baranek, Anna Bialobroda, Anna Bella Geiger, Aneta Grzeszykowska and Jan Smaga, Ewa Harabasz, Joanna Hoffmann, Jerzy Kubina, Zofia Kulik, Dominik Lejman, Joanna Malinowska, Jacek Malinowski Gabriela Morawetz, Adam Niklewicz, Krystiana Robb-Narbutt, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Pawel Wojtasik, and Xawery Wolski. Works include painting, sculpture, photography, new media, video and site-specific installations and performances at Real Art Ways, as well as public projects located around Hartford and surrounding towns.

Participating POZA artists exhibiting in the Real Room are presented in three separate shows. "Art and Performance", October 19 through November 12, includes artists Kinga Araya, Monika Weiss, and Krzysztof Zarebski. "Art and the Street", November 16 through December 17, features the works of Christian Tomaszewski, Karolina Bregula, and Wojciech Gilewicz. "Art and the Net", December 21 through January 14, presents artists Karol Radziszewski and Maciek Toporowicz.

Performances are scheduled for the following dates:

October 28, 6-9 PM: Kinga Araya "Black Performance" (Real Art Ways)

November 1, day-long: Monika Weiss "Site-Specific Ephemeral Installation & Performance", (Manchester Community College)

November 16, 6-9 PM: Krzysztof Zarebski "Gift from Escondido: Baby Frankenfood" (Real Art Ways)

January 14, 3 PM: Monika Weiss: Film Screening and Panel Discussion (Real Art Ways)

Working in partnership with the Polish Studies Program at Central Connecticut State University, Real Art Ways is organizing accompanying programming including a film series, lectures, artist talks, discussions, and social events.

Accompanying Film Programming, with discussion following each screening, will feature the works of directors Dorota Kedzierzawska, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Klamt, Ulrich Rydzewski, and Andrzej Wajda, and consists of an assortment of documentary and narrative pieces. The film programming in association with POZA, begins Sunday, October 29, and will run on Sundays at 3pm through January 29, 2007. There will be informal discussions following each film. For a schedule, visit www.realartways.org

CURATOR'S STATEMENT:

The Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz once stated: "I know very well what kind of Polish culture I wish to have in the future... the weakness of the contemporary Pole resides in his one-dimensionality (more precisely in Polish, his jednoznacznosc, or lack of ambiguity, lack of complexity) and also - his onesidedness; therefore all effort should be made to enrich him with a second polarity - to complement him with another Pole who is completely - extremely - different." (Diary, 1954)

"Taking as a point of departure specific national and cultural distinctions, which could be called "Polishness" by its choice of artists, the show will offer an open-ended proposition that treats such distinctions as matters of choice and awareness, rather than linking them to a specific geography or a place of birth; the art will be interpreted as an expression of enhanced evanescence in a politicized environment that encourages both nationalism and globalism. While such artists as Jacek Malinowski will address the current situation in Poland (more exactly its psychological consequences on the Poles born after the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe and Russia), others (Azorro for instance) will deal with the condition of the artist in a free market economy. Kinga Araya, an artist who lives in Canada, will focus on the complex condition of an immigrant, while Krzysztof Wodiczko will examine the persistent abuse of Polish women by Polish men. Karolina Bregula will give visibility to another "silent" presence in the Polish society, that of its sexual minorities. Attention will also be paid to the way the artists in the show participate in the larger world, exploring its diversity in a conscious and sensitive manner while doing it from both Polish and international perspectives (Gabriela Morawetz, Monika Weiss, and Pawel Wojtasik). Finally, several works (by Frida Baranek, Anna Bella Geiger, and Ursula von Rydingsvard) will deal with issues of memory as a point of departure for both questioning current reality and maintaining its continuity." - Marek Bartelik, Curator, POZA

Founded in 1975, REAL ART WAYS is one of the country's seminal multi-disciplinary alternative spaces, featuring an extensive gallery exhibition program, as well as commissioned projects for public spaces and an on-going series of artistic discussions, cinema programs, concerts, performances, spoken word and educational programs. By organizing POZA, Real Art Ways extends its commitment to showing art that deals with urgent issues of our times and, at the same time, explores them beyond our own national boundaries. Real Art Ways Executive Director Will K. Wilkins has said, "We are very fortunate to have a vibrant Polish community in our region. This gives added meaning to our presentation of POZA."
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