We cordially invite you to the andel’s Hotel Łódź for the exhibition WE HAVE TIME hosted by the andel’s Hotel Łódź and Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG, as a part of the project ANDEL’S QUARTER.
Artists: Karolina Breguła, Monika Drożyńska, Rafał Milach, Joanna Piotrowska
Curator: Katarzyna Sagatowska
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10th, 2015, from 7 PM
The show is accompanied by an album designed by Ania Nałęcka, which, alongside the works from the show, features a short story by Filip Zawada „Ravens Live the Longest”.
We would also like to invite you to visit the Wschodnia Gallery, ul. Wschodnia 29/3, the same evening of Thursday, September 10th at 6 PM, for the opening reception of a partner exhibition „It’s Not Going to Be Me” by Łukasz Filak.
We Have Time
Arrival and departure, the beginning and the end. Time is experienced in a particular way when you’re staying at a hotel. Viewed from this perspective, the andel’s Hotel is a unique place, for the past here is always visible in the present. The structure and elements of the former Izrael Poznański’s factory have determined the hotel’s present form and influenced its future development. The exhibition We Have Time is a reflection on the meaning of time. The works presented here relate to this concept in various ways. It’s also possible to find in each of them the „threads” that link them with the exhibition site – the hotel, or the city of Łódź. The show consists of two parts: the public – displayed in the lobby, and the private – presented in the hotel’s suites.
In Karolina Breguła’s series of photographs The Histories of Art time has no beginning and no end – it flows erratically, unexpectedly returning, unwinding in loops. The artist refers to works that mark out points on the twentieth century art history’s timeline, like Joseph Beuys’ Fettecke, Maurizio Cattelan’s The Ninth Hour, or Spatial Composition 4 by Katarzyna Kobro. According to Breguła, instead of remaining at the more and more remote pages of art history textbooks, these points relocate, manifesting themselves in the present-day as absurd and disturbing eruptions on the everyday reality of ordinary people.
While working on the series Very Beautiful Project Rafał Milach was inspired by his trip to places such as Łódź and Upper Silesia – post-industrial areas typically associated with brutal transformation and visual austerity. What Milach gives the visited places is the opportunity for self-promotion – showcasing their beauty and achievements through the presentation of the winners of local competitions. Ania Sztuba – the champion of dancing with fire, Dynami Mouse Golden Autumn – the most beautiful mouse, and Iso – the most beautiful dog of the Łódź Pet Fair 2007, or Professor Jan Ślężyński, a handstand champion who at age 80 did 201 stands in 27 minutes. Each of the protagonists has found her time. Every one of them is the best.
Half of a Whole by Monika Drożyńska is a personal story about the beginning and development, about the changeability and invariability of an image as a function of time. It’s a self-portrait-in-the-process that consists of reproductions of the same photograph, which was printed on fabric and then unraveled by the artist in tens of ways that differ from one another. A piece from the Urban Embroidery 3 series is, in turn, a site-specific installation on one of the hotel’s curtains, created in the hand embroidery technique. Needlework is for the artist a form of political action, and it will be the case this time, too. Drożyńska will present her own personal reflection on the history of Poznański’s factory.
Joanna Piotrowska examines the complexity of human relationships, especially within the family. In a series of black-and-white photographs the artist evokes the past through the reconstruction of pictures from family albums. Duplicated positions of bodies and gestures are ambiguous. A handshake can be perceived as both supportive and oppressive. The pictures are static. The presented figures are inanimate, time has stood still. The title of the series itself, Frowst, means warm but stuffy atmosphere. Closeness may lead to suffocation. How to get out? In another series Piotrowska re-enacts poses taken from self-defense techniques. We can see the struggle, but again – there’s no unambiguity here. It is not known who defends and who attacks. The atmosphere gets stifling again.
Katarzyna Sagatowska, curator of the exhibition
Karolina Breguła (b. 1979), multimedia artist, author of films, photographs, performative events and installations. She graduated from the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź (currently a PhD student at this university). In her works, Breguła examines art in a humorous manner, takes a closer look at its viewers, and searches for space for heritage in contemporary everyday life. Her projects include: Fire-Followers (2013), Art Translation Agency (2010), Let Them See Us (2003). Winner of the second prize at the Spojrzenia 2013 contest and the third prize at the Samsung Art Master 2007. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Młoda Polska, and the International Visegrad Fund scholarship holder. Her exhibitions include: the Jewish Museum in New York City, 55. Venice Art Biennale, the National Museum in Warsaw, and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art. Her works are in the collections of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle and the Centre for Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń.
Monika Drożyńska (b. 1979), artist and fashion designer. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Apart from working in fashion design, Drożyńska also creates embroidery, as well as uses fabrics in public space installations and at social campaigns. From 2004-2010 she ran Punkt, a place dubbed the first concept store in Poland. Drożyńska is a winner of the prestigious British Council International Young Fashion Entrepreneur Award. The artist received scholarships of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Visegrad Artist Residency Program. She’s a finalist of the Kulturalne Odloty of Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper and the Polish Radio Three Kulturysta Roku contests and has been nominated for the Polityka Magazine Passport twice. The galleries she’s collaborated with include: the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, the MuseumsQuartier Vienna, and the European Culture Association in Istanbul. Drożyńska’s works are in the collections of Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery in Cracow, the National Museum in Cracow, and Deutsche Bank.
Rafał Milach (b. 1978), photographer, author of books, curator. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic, where he is currently a PhD student and lecturer. For the last ten years he’s realized projects focused on the transformation of Russian-speaking countries, as well as Central and Eastern Europe. The albums he’s published include The Winners, Black Sea of Concrete, 7 Rooms. Milach received scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Magnum Foundation, and the European Cultural Foundation. The artist has been awarded at several contests, including World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, and New York Photo Festival Awards. Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos, a multinational collective of photographers. Among the galleries he’s exhibited in are the C/O Berlin and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. His works are in the collection of the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, the Gliwice Museum, the C/O Berlin, and the Brandts in Odense, Denmark.
Joanna Piotrowska (b. 1985), photographer and author of installations. Graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. In her work, the artist is focused on examining oppressive situations. Her pieces formally refer to the style of classic black-and-white documentary photography. Winner of the Jerwood / Photoworks Award and the main prize at the First Book Award competition for the series Frowst, which was published in book form by British publishing house MACK. In 2014 magazine Dazed selected her as one of the 100 people who redefine style and culture. Her exhibitions include: Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Hayward Gallery, Science Museum, as well as galleries in Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Latvia. Her works are in the National Photography Collection in Bradford and the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Arts in Sunderland.
Filip Zawada (b. 1975), musician, photographer, writer, and poet. He graduated in Cultural Studies from the University of Wrocław and studied at the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. He’s the author of books: The Unary Numeral System (1997), The Aldehyde God (1998), Sniper (2004), The Excellent Owls (2013), and Three Paths Sum Up over One River (2014). For his prose works Train Dogs (2011) and Against the Sun Was (2014) Zawada was nominated for the prestigious Gdynia Literary Prize. He released a debut photo album Wooden Nuptials in 2011. Member of bands AGD, Pustki, and Indigo Tree. Currently, he plays in his own band ITOITO. Polish Champion in Field Archery 2014. He posts on his blog www.filipitoito.com every day.
Exhibition partner: Profilab
Media partners: Artinfo.pl, contra doc!, FotografiaKolekcjonerska.pl, MAGENTA MAG, MaleMEN, NOTES.NA.6.TYGODNI, TVP Łódź