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Juliett 484: Participating Artists From Poland:

Artur Grabowski, Cracow
Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, Slupsk
Grzegorz Klaman, Gdansk
Aleksandra Kubiak, Zielona Góra
Pawel Kwasniewski, Warsaw
Ewa Rybska, Slupsk
Antoni Szoska, Cracow


Juliett 484: Participating Artists from the US:

Marilyn Arsem, Boston
Vanessa Gilbert, Providence
Milan Kohout, Boston
Mari Novotny-Jones, Boston
Yin Peet, Boston
Bob Rizzo, Providence
Jed Speare, Boston


PERFORMERS BIOGRAPHIES

Juliett 484: Participating Artists From Poland

Artur Grabowski is a painter, filmmaker and performance artist. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow with the best grade in the department (the Academy's first official diploma in Performance Art). He is one of the creators of the art group "Gornoslaski Osrodek Przemyslowy - Sztuka" (Upper-Silesian Industrial Center - Art). He is also one of the creators of an international art group, "Kapusta Pictures Factory", and took part in the International "EuroHead" Project in Prague, Cracow, and Helsinki. He has had exhibitions and performances throughout Europe, including France, Germany, Finland, Spain, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Hungary .

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, born 1951, is considered as one of Europe 's foremost performance artists. He has worked as a live artist since 1974 creating hundreds of unique performances - often site-specific - at major galleries, festivals, and alternative venues throughout the world (22 countries). Since 1997 he started duo performances with Ewa Rybska. Kazmierczak produced a number of political performances based on questions of freedom under communism - but also in the new, democratic Poland . His work also focuses on other difficult and traumatic themes - political hypocrisy, oppression, and the elimination of original cultures by the process of globalization. Kazmierczak often expresses in his performances an ironic and nihilistic attitude, especially against empty, fashionable values. http://www.kazmierczak.artist.pl/ Since 1993 he has been organizer and curator of the International Performance Art Festival "Castle of the Imagination". www.performance.art.pl He is also the author of essays on performance art and a creator of the on-line art magazine Hysterics: www.hysterics.art.pl . Since 1991 he is director of Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Slupsk /Ustka. http://www.baltic-gallery.art.pl/

Grzegorz Klaman Born in 1959 in Nowy Targ (South of Poland ). In 1980-1985 he studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Gdansk . Since 1984 he has led the Itinerant Gallery in various places in Gdansk (Barracks, the tip of Granary Island ). Since 1985 he has worked as an associate professor at the Academy of Visual Arts in Gdansk (Inter Media Studio). He is a founder and the leader of the Wyspa Gallery (1985-2002) and a co-author of the Open Atelier and the Centre for Contemporary Art in the former City Bathhouse. He is also president of the Wyspa Progress Foundation. Since 2002 he has run the artists' co-op, Modelarnia, on the premises of the former Gdansk Shipyards.

Aleksandra Kubiak began her art education at Uniwersytet Zielonogorski in Zielona Gora, Poland, in the Art Department at the Institute of Art and Visual Culture (ISziKP).

In 2001 she co-founded an artists' group with Karolina Wiktor. In 2002 she was granted a stipend in the fields of action, performance art, video, installation, and painting. She has had many group and individual exhibitions and performances throughout Poland, including the 2002 Castle of Imagination Festival .

Pawel Kwasniewski was born in 1963. He is a performance artist, TV producer, and journalist. He studied at the Academy Of Catholic Theology in Warsaw/Philosophy Faculty (1982 - 1988). He has prepared more than 250 exhibitions, performances, and experimental videos. His work has been shown in galleries, modern art museums, and contemporary art centers in over 35 countries around Europe, Asia, America, South America and Australia. He has been a visiting professor at art academies in Poland, Finland, Ireland, and Iceland. Since 2002 he has been a publisher of The ":" ( Colon ) - a monthly literature and art magazine.

Ewa Rybska was born 1958 and studied at the College of Art and Design in Minsk Mazowiecki. She lives in Slupsk, Northern Poland, Pomerania and is a curator at the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art. Since 1997 she has created performance art together with Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, the only duo of male / female performers in Poland. She performed in Poland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belarus, Mexico, Korea, Indonesia, Finland, Canada and USA. She is a founding member of the Society of the Friends of Contemporary Art in Slupsk (1994), the society, which is the main organizer of the performance art projects.

Antoni Szoska, born 1949, studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Cracow and at the Jagiellonian University, Sociology Department. He is a senior Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Art, in Cracow and a free-lance art critic. He has presented his work in Polish galleries, Castle of Imagination Festival, and other events. He is a member of the Artistic Association" Fort Sztuki." He says, "My performances art expresses an "id", "ego" and "superego" of a teacher in an Art school-university level". In the art practice his art is very much postmodern, funny, dramatic, with many quotations of the main icons of contemporary art, philosophy, pop rock, his personal reflections about the high and low culture and about his existence. His performance is titled "Body, Mind, Art i.e. how to show 'The Confidence of the chaotic mind' international". To the performance assists refrain: "The cat clumber upâ?¦.and winks".


Juliett 484: Participating Artists from the US

Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, from solo performances to large-scale, site-specific works incorporating installation and performance. Arsem has presented work at festivals, alternative spaces, galleries, museums and universities in 15 states across the United States, as well as Canada, Croatia, Germany, Great Britain, Macedonia, Poland and Taiwan. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and has been awarded multiple residencies at The MacDowell Colony and at international art colonies throughout Macedonia. She is the founder of Mobius, and is a member of the artists group. As a full-time faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she heads the Performance Area and teaches in the Graduate Program.

Vanessa Gilbert is a director/performer based in Providence, RI . An artistic associate of Perishable Theatre, Gilbert has created puppet and theatre work for the Whitney Museum at Altria Performing Series, Brown University New Plays Festival, the Love Creek Festival (NYC), Present Company Theatorium (NYC), the Convergence Festival, the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theatre, Big Nazo Puppets, and the Atrium Theatre Company (NYC), where she was artistic director for the 1993 season. She is a co-founder of Blood from a Turnip, Rhode Island 's late-night puppet salon, now in its seventh season. She holds a BA from Eugene Lang College and has studied with Dah Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia, and Nikki Heywood in Australia .

Milan Kohout is originally from Czechoslovakia. He was an underground performer, film producer, author, and a signatory member and activist of the dissident human rights organization CHARTER 77. He was stripped of his citizenship and forced by the security police to leave this socialistic country in 1986 because of his political art activism, and obtained political asylum in the USA. He is an SMFA alumnus. His work (performance and video) concentrates mostly on the subject of human rights (rights of Roma /Gypsies) and politics (critique of totalitarian US capitalism). For the exchange, Milan s theme is the dangerous symbiosis of army, politics, and religion, particularly the notion of Christian "love".

Mari Novotny-Jones has been a member of Mobius Artists Group since 1980. She recently completed a performance at The Cultural Center Gallery in Skopje, Macedonia, for the Skopsko Leto Festival. Her international work includes Liquor Amnii performances and installations in Skopje, Macedonia, and Providence, RI; Root Water Bird Nest, a Boston collaboration with artists from Macedonia; and Digging the Channel, in Zadar, Croatia, and Fort Point Channel, Boston. In 2002, she participated in Debrca International Colony in Macedonia . She is part of The Water Group, a collaboration among artists, Meredith Morten, Joanne Rice, and Ean White, working conceptually with the element of water. Novotny-Jones is on the faculty of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and lead artist educator at City Stage Co. She is a recipient of a 2000 Tanne Foundation Artist Award. In 2001, she was awarded an Emerging Artist/Humanitarian Fellowship from the Boston Cultural Council. In Poland, she will create a work called Subliminal, based on an image of Anna Bronski's wide skirt from The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass. There is an uncanny similarity between Bronski and her own maternal grandmother who came from Cracow, Poland. In Rhode Island she will create a work called Subtext, in the kitchen of the submarine. She will prepare stew for the crew while speaking about the gathering of information, the daily routine while on board the sub, her memories of the Baltic, and her petulant teenage daughter.

Yin Peet is a sculptor born in Taiwan. Her work addresses multiple perspectives concerning social norms between the East and West. She creates sculpture objects as well as explores the process of the making of the object as a form of performance. The characteristics of her installations/performances are to stretch the use of media beyond the boundaries of conventional sculptural materials into media that include time, sound, movement, and the recitation of text. Her work has been seen in the US, Taiwan, Croatia, England, Hungary, Hong Kong, and Nepal. Many of these projects were granted with awards. www.yinpeetsculpture.com

Bob Rizzo has received numerous grants and two fellowships in New Genres from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is often a guest critic in Rhode Island School of Design's public art courses and has worked as adjunct faculty at both Rhode Island School of Design and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bob Rizzo also has a 26-year history of creating opportunities for artists. He is the creator and curator of Convergence International Arts Festival. Bob Rizzo is also the Director of CapitolArts, Providence, an arts organization that operates festivals and special events in Providence, Rhode Island. He has won numerous awards for his civic work.

Jed Speare, initially trained in music composition, has created work that combined time-based media over the past 25 years, and has been presented in San Francisco, New York, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Croatia, Poland, Bulgaria, and Taiwan . Also active curating time-based arts and exhibitions, he has been a contributing writer on performance art for Art New England. A member of the Mobius Artists Group since 1995, he has been on Mobius' staff as co-director and director since 1996. Jed showed a video, sound, and performance work-in-progress, Sub-mission Regarding Juliett 484, during Mobius 25, a two-week festival in June 2003, as a precursor to his work in the exchange project.
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