"Otwock" is a project revolving around a place perceived through the
lens of art.
The place has a twofold meaning. It refers to the
hometown of the sculptor Mirosław Bałka and of his childhood home, which
he has turned into a studio. The studio triggered a reflection on the
relationship between art and the space in which it is made. The town has
become an expanded space of work.
"Otwock" is an attempt at
creating a subjective description of the place. Invited artists, curators
and writers work with the found context, which is suspended between history
and presence, between personal and official narratives, between the public
and private sphere, between the changing functions of space.
method which has been adopted is best described by the notions of site
specific and site responsive. The works, the elusive artistic
gestures, the texts or events uncover new layers of meanings. They form a
loose grid of associations and connections. By mutually complementing each
other, they establish questions and proposals leading to changing
interpretations and new ways of approaching the local.
artists who have thus far worked in "Otwock" include Lara Almarcegui,
Tacita Dean, Anna Molska, Charlotte Moth and Luc Tuymans.
The introduction to the project will take place on 20 October 2012,
at 18.30 at Stacja Falenica Cinema & Café, and will include
presentations by Mirosław Bałka, Teresa Gleadowe and Kasia Redzisz.
The presentations will be followed by Home Studio, a
film programme curated by Mike Sperlinger and Gil Leung (LUX), presenting
works by Ed Atkins, Wojciech Bruszewski, Sebastian Buerkner, John Smith,
Margaret Tait, and Steina & Woody Vasulka. The event will be
accompanied by a publication titled Otwock. The Vanishing
"Otwock" is carried out by Open
Art Projects and Mirosław Bałka, coordinated by Magda Materna
and curated by Kasia Redzisz.
Project sponsor: POLSKI
KONCERN NAFTOWY ORLEN S.A.
The project has been supported by the
Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
Carried out with the support of the Flemish Representation in
Honorary patronage of the Project has been extended by
the Mazowiecki Voivode, the Marshall of Mazovian voivoidship, and the Mayor
Media partner: Linia