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Piotr Uklanski, view of the exhibition Bialo-Czerwona. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery and the Artist. Photo © Tom Powel
Gagosian Gallery and the Polish Cultural Institute in NY,
in association with the New School for Social Research,
present


Adam Michnik speaking on
POLITICS IN WHITE & RED
in the setting of the exhibition Bialo-Czerwona
by Piotr Uklanski

Monday, May 5, 2008, 7:00 PM

Gagosian Gallery
522 West 21st Street, New York, NY
Admission: Space is limited - RSVP by May 2nd at cbeckett@gagosian.com 

The setting in which Adam Michnik will speak, Piotr Uklanski's "Bialo-Czerwona" (White-Red) exhibition, unites a radically diverse group of works that engage recognizable imagery of his native country and play on his red and white color palette. Although Bialo-Czerwona is, on one level, authentically Polish, the exhibition is also, in its use of populist decorative traditions and political symbols that allude to the country's not-so-distant Communist past, a highly stylized performance of Uklalski's Polish identity.


Adam Michnik is a legendary dissident from Poland, major figure of the Solidarity movement, distinguished author and political thinker, and Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's most widely circulated daily. He is the recipient of major European awards, both in journalism and for his lifelong commitment to non-violence, dialogue, and democracy. His books include Letters from Prison and Other Essays (1985), The Church and the Left (1992), Letters from Freedom (1998), and a dozen others written in Polish and translated into over 20 languages. He lives in Warsaw


Piotr Uklanski, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose works challenge the given of national identity in the world of arts and politics at large. His recent solo exhibitions include Summer Love: The First Polish Western, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007); Piotr Uklanski: A Retrospective, at the Wiener Secession, Vienna (2007); and The Joy of Photography at the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg (2007). He currently lives in New York and Warsaw, and will be present at the event.


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