Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, 24-26 October 2014

With artworks and/or presentations by Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Marika Kuźmicz, Małgorzata Ludwisiak, Anna Molska, Daniel Muzyczuk, Karol Radziszewski, Janek Simon

A two-day programme consisting of film screenings, talks and presentations introducing the work of seven artists and curators from Poland and Turkey working with historical material. Set at the former Porthos hat shop ―a disused commercial establishment at the heart of Marszałkowska Street, a primary thoroughfare of post-War Socialist Warsaw― the programme intends to problematize the matter of “display” in our current interest in history.

There is a thin line between the fetishisation of history and the dialectical logics of its representation. Many contemporary art projects today seek to find the origins of our present moment in the unexpected appearance of a relevant past. The display of historical material then becomes an extension of the work, an artistic method, not merely a record of the past. So, the question is twofold: First of all, to what extent can these two disciplines, art and history, become integrated? And, what are the methods employed by contemporary art projects to display historical material, and what purpose do they hope to serve?

This program was conceived as a result of Nazlı Gürlek's residency at A-I-R Laboratory in 2013 within the framework of Re-Directing: East project.


SALT, 2013

Sarkis and "When Attitudes Become Form" is the e-publication of an oral history project. It presents a compilation of three interviews conducted with Sarkis at his studio in Villejuif, Paris on three separate occasions in January 2011 and December 2012. The text is accompanied by photographs from the personal archive of the artist. Taking as its starting point the 1969 exhibition entitled When Attitudes Become Form, the publication creates a critically and intellectually fertile ground where Sarkis' thought processes of the 1960s can be understood as part of the relationship between art and transformed production and exhibition contexts, within the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and the international art system.

E-pub and pdf version can be downloaded here: SALT ONLINE