We cordially invite you to join us and the artist Dorota Podlaska to celebrate the opening of her solo show Every journey is a new home
The exhibition is hosted by the hotel andel’s Łódź by Vienna House and Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG, as a part of the project ANDEL’S PRESENTS.
Opening: Thursday, 9th March, 2017; time: 7:00 p.m.
Duration of the exhibition: 10th March, 2017 – 4th April, 2017.
The curator of the exhibition Anna Ciabach
The exhibition of Dorota Podlaska is a presentation of works that belong to some of the prior series, whose common ground is the idea of a modern society as a community that is in continuous motion.
Every day the speed, journeys’ range and frequency are increasing; as if we were the title ‘Runners’ from the novel by Olga Tokarczuk, who believe that being in continuous movement will protect them from what is evil.
Even cut out from aluminium plate, painted characters of ‘ordinary people’ were wandering from one artist’s installation to another (‘The Earth is Flat’, Poznań, ‘Boat People’, Bydgoszcz, Dusseldorf, Gdańsk), to spread out now over the hotel lobby, where they think they ‘relax in a hurry’.
It is these, more or less comfortable, hotels – our temporary flats for one or a few nights – that strive to, whenever possible, alleviate longings that hunt us down in the moment of rest. This is more difficult when we leave our true home for longer, or sometimes forever. During the performance ‘A Cure for Nostalgia’ of 2009, the artist was selling, for a symbolic amount, home-made medicaments for typical ‘afflictions’ of the immigrant community that marketed at the no longer existing 10th Anniversary Stadium in Warsaw. To the intensive experience of that ‘a city within a city’ also refer large-format photographs of a series ‘Straight on, behind the suits turn right’, showing once the biggest bazaars in Europe from a bird’s eye view – since the imperfect architecture of stands constitutes the quintessence of the nomadic life equally with modern hotels, airports, or shopping centres.
Dorota Podlaska showed her works, amongst others, at Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk. She participated in residency programmes in Finland, Italy, South Korea and Japan. Her work focuses mainly on painting, but she also creates objects, performances, and designes books.