Polish artist Artur Żmijewski is one of the most consistently challenging, provocative and profoundly thoughtful artists working today. This exhibition is the first major UK survey of Żmijewski’s work and spans his practice from 2003 to the present day, providing an opportunity to experience the powerful and uncompromising work of an artist who examines complex moral issues.
The exhibition includes the UK premiere of his recent project Democracies (2009), which records the free, public expression of opinion, in the form of gatherings and protests throughout Europe. There will also be a chance to see a video presentation of seminal work Repetition (2005), in which Żmijewski revisits the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment, where volunteers are designated either as guards or prisoners and allowed to play out the situation, and Them (2007), which documents representatives from the different factions that shape contemporary Poland and the ensuing exchanges between them. Aggressive yet beautiful, humorous yet compassionate, Żmijewski’s film and video works challenge our sense of what should be made visible and what should remain invisible.
This exhibition will tour to Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland 30 July – 9 October 2010, and to Tramway, Glasgow 29 October – 19 December 2010.
A major new commission by Artur Żmijewski will launch in June 2010 at A Foundation, Liverpool.
This exhibition is part of POLSKA! YEAR in the UK 2009-2010