Take a Look at Me Now
2nd Jun 2009 - 30th Aug 2009
Contemporary Art from Poland
Take a Look at Me Now is a new major exhibition featuring 14 artists who are making some of the most exciting work in Poland today. The exhibition is part of two UK cultural celebrations this summer; POLSKA! YEAR and Contemporary Art Norwich 09 (CAN09).
Take a Look at Me Now reveals the vitality of the arts in Poland, which thrived despite their confinement behind the Iron Curtain in the post-WWII period, only to expand with astonishing energy after 1989, drawing widely from the experience of the past.
“The exhibition looks at a number of ideas evident in the work of Polish artists including the built environment as a record of change, the inheritance of the 20th century avant-garde and the development of more private partnerships and practices” – Amanda Geitner, Head of Exhibitions at the Sainsbury Centre.
The artists selected for Take a Look at Me Now have studios in Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Kraków and Torun. A number of them, including Adam Adach, Artur Zmijewski, Pawel Althamer and Katarzyna Kozyra, have a long track record of exhibiting internationally whilst others are showing in the UK for the first time. The exhibition has developed from a series of research visits to Poland inspired by early meetings with Raster Gallery, Warsaw (selectors for East International 09, also part of CAN 09).
On display at the Sainsbury Centre will be paintings, ceramic and sculptural work, photography and video. The works are thoughtful, provocative, humorous and very beautiful.
Artists in Take a Look at Me Now: Adam Adach, Pawel Althamer, Artur Zmijewski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Rafal Bujnowski, Janek Simon, Olaf Brzeski, Wojtek Bakowski, Anna Molska, Piotr Zylinski, Nicolas Grospierre, Szymon Roginski, Galeria Rusz (Joanna Gorska and Rafal Goralski) and Zorka Wollny.