Paper exists as a physical basis for an idea. It catches thought in its web of fibers. The tangible traps the intangible. The “material” traverses the various trajectories of our reality. When an abstract idea is laid upon, or contained within the somatic and solid state of the material, it becomes visible, it becomes itself material.
Since 2012 Projekt Papier has collaborated with artists, curators and creative thinkers across disciplines of visual art, film, writing and design to build a non-space for paper source concept experimentation. Projekt Papier’s aim is to document art practices shaping today’s community through an ongoing archive while maintaining an open discourse within artistic, art historical and curatorial practice.
Gosia Wojas (b. Poland) is an artist and a curator. She is the founder of Projekt Papier. She has organized film screenings, exhibitions and performances at California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (2018), Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles (2016), Souterrain gallery, Hoffmann Collection in Berlin, Germany (2012), Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (2008), as well as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (2007) where she served as a director from 2006-2009.
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The Absent Museum, began in the summer of 2015 as a publication concept that investigates the relationship between institutions and social practices. The series will include documentation of such topics as, marginalized feminist practices, social activism and grassroots philanthropy. Ultimately, the continuing series will form an archive to serve curatorial and art historical research.
Material-i-ty, which in polish translates to Material-and-you, is an ongoing collection of essays aimed to evaluate psychological and cultural associations with material and recognize internal as well as external factors that occupy materiality within contemporary culture. Close consideration is given to qualities of materials and the distinct entities that govern them, such as the material and immaterial, natural and cultural forces, subject/object relationships and various processes that drive their production.