Zimmerstr. 90/ 91
The conversations Żmijewski initiated between 1993 and the present, with artists associated with the Polish movement "Critical Art" - which radicalized and modernized the language of art as well as its mediums and ways of distribution - serve as a document of historical change in Poland after 1989. Żmijewski's conversation partners share the experiences of a generation as well as special methods of working: the readiness to sacrifice themselves, freedom of choice, and an unwillingness to compromise. The protagonists of this book took part in a confrontation which enfolded across the most various parts of life that changed the political reality and defined a political language in which ideas and concepts took on radically new meanings. A social movement was created that looked like art because it was founded by artists. In fact, it was an intellectual and political movement that suggested another model of social change.
The exhibition gathers together a selection of films and performance documentation that have been up until now only rarely seen in Germany, and that are representative of the "Critical Art" movement and its successors.
With Paweł Althamer, Katarzyna Kozyra, Grzegorz Klaman, Zbigniew Libera, Jacek Markiewicz, Joanna Rajkowska, Monika Mamzeta (Zielińska).
In collaboration with Artur Żmijewski and Stanisław Ruksza, CCA Kronika, Bytom.
Paweł Althamer (2001), Kartarzyna Kozyra (2003), and Artur Żmijewski (2007/08) were guests of the Berliner Künstlerprogramms/ DAAD.
Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr 2011, Published by the Berliner Künstlerprogramm/ DAAD and CSW Kronika, Bytom.