Artur Zmijewski, 80064, 2004
Courtesy Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warschau
The Polish artist Artur Zmijewski (born 1966) confines himself to the media of photography and film, which due to their documentary pictorial idiom seem predestined for his artistic work: in his art Artur Zmijewski seeks answers to repressed social questions. His films and photographic series are precise, staged scenarios. At first glance, the images appear to be purely documentary, at the same time, however, the choice of frame and the montage indicate the artist's analytical mise-en-scène. Often his works focus on persons with psychological and/or physical impairments and phenomena on the social periphery. His photographic series "Auge um Auge" of 1998-2000 established his reputation. In it people with physical handicaps, who are missing hands or legs, are completed again by being lent limbs by healthy people. The artist maintains a distanced gaze and thus provides outsiders with a stage, makes them visible and audible, as in "Singing Lesson 2" of 2002, for which he has deaf-and-dumb children sing a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach in the Thomas Church in Leipzig. The artist does not hesitate to question the self-imposed rules of political correctness.
We are honoured to invite you on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 3 pm to the preview of the exhibition of Tomma Abts for the press and invited guests before its official opening at 7 pm.
The preview of the individual exhibitions of Carl Andre and Artur Z.mijewski will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2005 at 12 am.
Following the opening on June 15, the screening of the Repetition, 2005 a new film by Artur Zmijewski commissioned for the Polish Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennial.
The screening will take place at 8 pm at the Stadtkino Basel, located in the building of the Kunsthalle (the film's running time is approx. 40'').
R.S.V.P. for the previews: phone +41 61 206 99 00 / fax +41 61 206 99 19 /
We are looking forward to seeing you!