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Grzegorz Klaman, A Circle, 1991-93
Aneta Szylak
CIVIL WAR: THE PRODUCTION AND RECEPTION OF CONTEMPORARY ART AS A NEW ISSUE IN TODAY'S POLAND
illustrated lecture

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 - Saturday, June 29, 2002, 12:00 PM
For directions, please go to: http://www.qc.edu/directions/

Queens College CUNY, Apexart
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY Tel: 718.997.5000

The new generation of artists that emerged in Poland during the past decade of major political change has expressed deep concern about its status in the new social/political context. The critical stance of these artists toward the new democratic system appears to be one of the significant undercurrents of contemporary art in Poland. The lecture will discuss Polish art of the 90s.


The fall of the totalitarian regime in Poland and the ensuing upheaval created a vacuum and an urgent need for establishing more democratic institutions. For artists who had lived in the shadow of officially recognized art it was their first opportunity to speak out. Traditionally, Polish society had marginalized artists, but the eighties introduced artists and curators who wanted to take an active role in shaping the political future of the nation. Art in Poland started to play an important role and became a mediating structure for the nation through discussion about its identity and representation in culture.


The lecture will cover and interpret elements of this visual culture within an emerging democracy. It will reflect the meaning of citizenship as expressed through contemporary art and the dynamics of its definition.




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