AGAINST THE GRAIN
Selection of experimental films by Polish women artists, 1970’s – present, from the Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art’s Filmoteka archive.
Women’s Center for Creative Work
2425 Glover Pl. Los Angeles, CA 90031
Friday, May 20th, 2016
7:00 – 9:00PM
Art historian dr. Izabela Kowalczyk argued, in a 1997 paper titled, Feminist motifs in Polish art that feminist artists in Poland failed to accurately respond to women’s issues during its oppressive regime, and instead borrowed already existing models developed by feminist artists working in the West.
Against the Grain will feature works by Zofia Kulik, of group KwieKulik, Iwona Lemke-Konart, Natalia LL, Jolanta Marcolla, Ewa Partum and Jadwiga Singer as well as contemporary artists, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Katarzyna Kozyra and Agnieszka Polska. A reflective discussion on feminism during socialism and the magic of experimental film will follow with scholars dr. Aniko Imre and dr. Eve Oishi. The evenning will end with a participatory artwork as a performance, Open Form, Continued, directed by artist Kim Schoen, Lucy Cook and presenting Ania Diakoff.
The event is organized by Gosia Wojas.
THE ABSENT MUSEUM
an archive concept that began in the summer of 2015 as a publication dedicated to exhibition proposals in the fields of visual and performing art, social architecture and design. Free of institutional critique these unrealized, utopian exhibitions exist only on paper and have not otherwise occupied a three dimensional space. Ultimately, the continuing series will form an archive of absent exhibitions with no physical works circulating the art market. Forthcoming catalogue will appear in summer, 2016.
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. With essays by Cara Benedetto, Farah Karapetian, Anthony Leslie and others.