Exhibition: 20 September - 29 November, 2019
1989 was a historic year. This put an end to an era defined by the Cold War and clashes between East and West, between pro-Soviet dictatorships and Western democracies. The exhibition will focus on works only made in 1989 with a text of Noemi Smolik that will accompany the exhibition .
This exhibition aims to evoke this historical event through works of selected women artists coming from different post-socialist countries: Anna Daučíková (SK), Orshi Drozdik (HU), Libuse Jarcovjáková (CZ), Marysia Lewandowska (PL), Ilona Nemeth (SK), Lia Perjovschi (RO), Zorka Ságlová (CZ), Jana Želibská (SK).
The work belongs to a series created in my London studio during the Round Table Talks taking place in Warsaw from February till April of 1989. Such an important political transition held a promise with yet unknown social consequences.
There were only two women present at the meetings, Grażyna Staniszewska representing the opposition and Anna Przecławska representing the government of the time. My response was to mark their presence by introducing a corresponding number of chairs, which appear as though the process of painting has been interrupted. The work explores the instability of representation through the qualities embedded in the photographic transparency with an adjacent political dimension.
Images from this group of works were first time shown in 1989 exhibition Art after the Empire: New Expressions in British Art, curated by David Joselit for the Hammond Galleries, Lancaster, Ohio, USA.