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29 May, 2014: UCL Festival of the Arts and Polish Posters Exhibition

Kaja do druku na UCL

The POLSKA series is a summary of artistic expressions from an unfinished cycle of work RYSZARD KAJA has been developing since 2011 for the Polish Poster Gallery in Wrocław. Whilst drawing upon the tradition of the tourist poster, the artist depicts Poland from a very personal point of view.

Among the collection of more than 50 posters you will find works representing big cities such as Łódź or Poznań, towns like Szamotuły and the village Warnowo, national parks, flora and fauna (from the Sudety mountain range), geography (the Baltic Sea, the Vistula river), and places incredibly important to Polish culture and folklore (Kurpie), tradition (Zaduszki) and history (Gliwice).

In his artistic practice Kaja plays with the traditional forms of poster art, whilst at the same time keeping his unique aesthetics, drawing upon Art Deco, Secession, Socialist Realism, Constructivism and the Polish School of Posters.

The exhibition and the project reflect the artist’s interest in the theme of the journey, a continuous wandering and searching. For Kaja the journey transcends borders as well as himself, and offers an exceptional perspective through which he scrutinizes the observed reality.

The collection of posters is a continuation of the previous threads present in Kaja’s works, in particular his ink paintings.

The artist plans to expand his work into a series entitled THE WORLD.

During the UCL festival of the Arts’ all day exhibition viewers will have an opportunity to see unique posters selected by the artist and curators and enjoy a WINE RECEPTION from 6pm to 7pm.

 

Ryszard Kaja was born in 1962 in Poznań. He is a graduate of Poznań Academy of Fine Arts. He is a painter, graphic, stage and interior designer.

He created more than 150 set designs for theatre, ballet, opera, television and film   productions, and collaborated with many established directors and choreographers.

His main passion, besides theatre, is poster art. In this area he continues his family     tradition, his father, Zbigniew Kaja, being one of the most important representatives of the world renowned Polish School of Poster, his mother Stefania was a painter.

His posters are mostly based on paintings which in these days dominated by computer design could be regarded as “outdated”, but from the esthetical perspective they have more in common with the productions for which they were made. Kaja’s fascination with the baroque and with Bohumil Hrabal’s prose makes his art additionally exceptional and unique.

 

29th MAY 2014, 12 pm – 9 pm, Roberts Foyer, Roberts Engineering Building, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

 

Curators: Agnieszka Szara and Dominika Akuszewska (PLAY FULL http://www.playfull.info)

In collaboration with: dr Urszula Chowaniec (SEES) Krzysztof Marcinkiewicz (Polish Poster Gallery Wroclaw)

 

 

 

Kaja UCL do druku 2

Save the date May 21, 2014: Holocaust Survivors Revisiting Eastern Europe

UCL Department for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in cooperation with the INSTITUTE OF POLISH-JEWISH STUDIES, LONDON

WORKSHOP:

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS REVISITING EASTERN EUROPE

 

21 MAY 2014, 5-8 PM

 

UCL, Gower Street
Pearson Lecture Theatre G22

Prof. Shimon Redlich (Ben Gurion University) Prof. Antony Polonsky (Brandeis University) Prof. Gabriel Finder (University of Virginia) Dr. François Guesnet (UCL)

Małgorzata Dawidek Gryglicka

Malgorzata Dawidek Gryglicka’s artistic and academic interests combine literature, anthropology and visual arts. She deals with the language aspect of communication. From this perspective, she analyzes issues of language awareness, the borders and possibilities of language, as well as the human body and corporeality perceived as a reality text. She uses texts of the body to talk about organic physicality, which appears to be a continuous narration, the text in process, polymorphic stories. She is interested in the limit states of the body, aspects of gender, inexpressible emotions, physical limitations and mental blockages.

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Małgorzata at the UCL Festival of the Arts here 

 

Malgorzata Dawidek Gryglicka isavisual artist, Polish born, based in London. She studied Painting (1996-2001) and Art Criticism (1997-2002) at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Poland and hold a PhD in art history from the Institute of Art History at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (2009). Between 2004 and 2007 she was an academic teacher in Institute of History of Art at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Professor Assistant in Department of Painting at Academy of Fine Art in Poznań, Poland. Since 2013 she is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of European Culture at The Polish University Abroad in London.

Dawidek Gryglicka’s artistic and academic interests combine literature, anthropology and visual arts. She deals with the language aspect of communication – the relationship between words and their visual representations, their designata. From this perspective, she analyzes issues of language awareness, the borders and possibilities of language, as well as the human body and corporeality perceived as a reality text. She uses texts of the body to talk about organic physicality, which appears to be a continuous narration, the text in process, polymorphic stories. She is interested in the limit states of the body, aspects of gender, inexpressible emotions, physical limitations and mental blockages.

Malgorzata combines a wide range of media in the creation of her projects – textual objects and installations, painting, animation, photographs, written drawings and hypertexts which are then displayed in galleries, public spaces and as published works of art and record.

Her relevant artistic achievements include solo shows in the most influential galleries [Bialystok BWA Gallery, Foksal Gallery in Warsaw] and museums [Wroclaw Contemporary Museum] in Poland, as well as participation in numerous group’s projects in Poland, Slovakia, Germany and Spain. In 2013, she took a part in a key event – The Culture for the Eastern Partnership Congress in Lublin. In 2012, she was chosen to participate in the prestigious Curators’ NETWORK project, the goal of which is to support the work of an international group of artists and curators selected by a jury of prominent critics from various European countries. In 2014 she was selected to take a part in SOMETIMES Artistic Residency, The Art House, Wakefield, UK.

She is also a researcher of visual literature and the author of numerous articles, studies and books on visual texts, including “A Piece of Poetry” (Krakow-Warsaw 2012) and “History of the visual text. Poland after 1967″ (Wroclaw-Krakow-Warsaw 2012), which was awarded of the National Centre of Culture in Poland Prize for the for the best doctoral dissertation in the field of culture studies (2010).

Malgorzata Dawidek Gryglicka was awarded artistic grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2002, 2010), the “Young Poland” Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship for young artists (2012), the Mayor of Poznan award (2005) and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation artistic grant (2004-2005).

Contact:

www.dawidek.art.pl, contact@dawidek.art.pl,

Dana Domsodi

Dana Dȍmșȍdi

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She is a Romanian researcher born in Timișoara in 1984. She graduated philosophy at the West University of Timișoara in 2007, and after that she finished both a M.A. and a Phd. in Philosophy at the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Currently she is a phd. student at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa in Political Theory, with a research project about the dialectics of social-conflict in post-communist Europe. She is currently a visiting researcher at Birkbeck, University of London. She has seen (pre)revolution history through the eyes of a child, transition through the lens of a youngster, only to take up as an adult, the task of making sense of it all. Her research areas are: Eastern European studies, migration, labour theory of value, (working) class studies, contemporary political philosophy, critical Marxism.

Agata Pyzik

 

Agata Pyzik is a Polish journalist and writer living in London. She writes about art, architecture, music and literature for many British and Polish magazines. Her focus is art and politics from the “former East”, including the Cold War and modernism. She writes for, among others, The Guardian, Icon, Frieze, Afterall, the Wire and Sight & Sound. She is an author of the book on the cultural “dreamlands” in the Eastern and Western Europe during the communist era for Zer0 Books (Poor but Sexy, 2014)

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Agata Pyzik

Barbara Bogoczek

Barbara Bogoczek (aka Basia Howard) is a translator and interpreter based in London. She began translating when she was a student in Wrocław in the 80s, with the cult New Orleans novel A Confederacy of Dunces  by John Kennedy Toole (published by Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie, and later reissued by Świat Książki). Since moving to the UK she has worked closely with the poet Ewa Lipska,  translating three collections of poetry and – most recently – Lipska’s extraordinary novel Sefer (AU Press, 2012). She has also had a strong working relationship with Tadeusz Różewicz, Poland’s greatest living writer, publishing his poetry (ARC), drama (Marion Boyars) and – most recently – his memoir Mother Departs (Stork Press, 2013). These books were collaborations with Tony Howard, with whom Barbara has also translated the work of Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska (Wydawnictwo Literackie) and other Polish poets. She often works in theatre, e.g. co-adapting Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita (Menier Chocolate Factory), and with the Polish Cultural Institute (e.g. Kinoteka). She is a legal interpreter (APCI, NRPSI). She is also a member of the Translators Association/Society of Authors.  Her current projects include Polish classic children’s poetry, Polish fiction, and new work by Ewa Lipska. Her translations have appeared in the New York Times and on the London Underground.

Ewa Lipska

Lipska

Born in 1945 in Kraków, Ewa Lipska was for many years the poetry editor of the literary magazine Pismo, which she co-founded, and was active in Poland’s Nowa Fala, or New Wave. Her many prizes include the Kościelski Award, the Robert Graves PEN Club Award, and PEN Club Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Her poetry has been widely translated, into Hebrew as well as into European languages.

(photo by Danuta Wegiel)

Find more at:

Ewa Lipska page here

Culture.pl

Wikipedia