a-i-r laboratory at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw,
and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York
POLAND-U.S. ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - Thursday, December 31, 2009
26 Greene Street, New York, NY
Admission: free, Tel: 212.334.3347
Hours: Tue-Sat 12-6
Wojciech Doroszuk (b. 1980), video artist and photographer, is interested in the theatricality of social and personal behavior, based as he sees it on conventions that he attempts to deconstruct, as in his diploma work, Dissection Theatre (2006). A major underlying theme in his work is the fear of the Other, which embraces the broad issue of identity - from national to sexual - and a tendency to define one's identity in terms of the differences in others, so that the problem arises not only between cultures but within them, and within small groups. A project arising from the artist's residency in Istanbul combines a sardonic display of unconventional picture postcards with three videos of international students in a Babel of lunchtime conversation (Picnic, Lunch I, and Lunch II, 2005), revealing the difficulties of meaningful translation, and an underlying caution or condescension despite the political correctness of even conscientious Europeans. In Gençlik Park (2008) he suggests that some of the borders we build are made to be crossed. For Doroszuk the ultimate Other is death, which ironically unites us all.
Wojciech Doroszuk graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Department of Painting (Interdisciplinary Studio) (2006). He received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland (2005-2006) and from FASS (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences) at Sabanci University in Istanbul to study in the video studio of Yoong Wah Alex Wong and the design studio of Erdag Aksel. In 2007 he received the main prize at the 8th Geppert Painting Competition. He works at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.
His solo shows include these at the BWA Awangarda, Wroclaw (2009) and Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw (2007). His works have been shown, among others, at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; The Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich; Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden; the radio play/broadcast project, Oidaradio (Nick Graham-Smith, Kiki Mazzucchelli), São Paulo; Kronika Gallery, Bytom; vertexList, New York; Belfast Exposed, Belfast; The Stenersen Museum, Oslo; residency program "Light House Ankara", Ankara; Sala Verónicas, Centro Párraga, Murcia.
Wojciech Doroszuk residency is presented in association with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York within its Poland-U.S. Artists-In-Residence Exchange Program, organized by a-i-r laboratory at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland and Location One in New York, with generous support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.
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