Artur Zmijewski

WEDNESDAY APRIL 21, 2010, 8pm
Auditorium, Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St.
Guest speaker: Daniel Baird
Free admission

Videos in Polish with English subtitles

Artur Zmijewski, a radical Polish artist, is most known for his provocative video work. SAW Video will present an exclusive one-night screening of a selection of his works to the Library and Archives Canada with guest speaker Daniel Baird, arts and literature editor for The Walrus.

Questions about socially approved "norms" and how the body functions or looks different recur in Zmijewski's work. Often inviting people living with infirmity, disability or illness to participate in social experiments, his videos rip open the safety nets and social contracts built into the terms of contemporary representation.

Zmijewski's work unabashedly confronts and depicts controversial viewpoints on historical and contemporary structures such as the Polish military and the church. The artist constantly draws a line between the manifestation of socio-political corruption and the innocence and purity of humanity. In doing so, viewers are left to consider their own limitations as they come face-to-face with potentially difficult or unfamiliar ideas.

Artur Zmijewski lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. He studied in Grzegorz Kowalski's studio at the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1990-95). His video and photography has been extensively exhibited and critically reviewed. He represented Poland in the 2005 Venice Biennale and in 2007 was included in Documenta 12. Zmijewski is also on the editorial team of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique), a forum for left-wing political and cultural discourse in Poland. He is represented by Galerie Peter Kilchmann in Zurich, Switzerland.


THEM, 26:30 minutes, 2007
The Game of Tag, 4:25 minutes, 1999
KR WP, 7:10 minutes, 2000
Eye for an Eye, 10:00 minutes, 1998

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