An evening of screenings, talks, open discussion and food curated by Kasia Sobucka featuring; Alicja Rogalska and Joanna Rajkowska with a durational performance by Katarzyna Perlak.
An inclusive event looking at rising nationalism and the rebirth of fascism in Europe, Poland and the UK and a conceptual exploration of the post-Brexit landscape. Part of the Illusion of Return project. (http://artsterritory.org/commissions/the-illusion-of-return
Kasia Sobucka is currently in residence at Metal Liverpool, in partnership with International Curators Forum.
Alicja Rogalska (http://alicjarogalska.com/
) – ‘Belly of the beast’ A lecture performance looking at the rise of nationalism, the far right, and fascism in Central and Eastern Europe and the UK. She takes as a starting point a selection of events widely reported in the media, and explores our psychological biases and cognitive mechanisms when confronted with the social, legal and ideological formations of fascism. What examples of creativity are employed by the extremes of the political spectrum? What does the employment of avant-garde art aesthetics by the far right mean for politicised leftist art practice today?
Joanna Rajkowska (http://rajkowska.com/
) – ‘Two Men and a Mattress’ (preceded by a short film by F & S Themersons' ‘Adventures of a Good Citizen’ from 1937)
The UK premiere of ‘Two Men and a Mattress’, a film about an inexplicable urge that occasionally drives people blindly to their own destruction. Rajkowska’s film shows two British men who, on a hot summers day, suddenly take a mattress and drown it in a swamp. Before they do this, they discuss the historical moment they find themselves in and its ‘bloody awful’ character. The work echoes the wardrobe-carrying sequence in ‘The Adventures of a Good Citizen’ by Polish experimental filmmakers Franciszka and Stefan Themerson. This humorous, surrealist and inherently perturbing performance enacted by a group of friends, viewed now, evokes collective memories of the Holocaust, and a feeling of ‘the calm before the storm’, that was imminent at the time of its production.
Katarzyna Perlak (http://katarzynaperlak.com/
) – ‘Tighten Throat and Butterflies’
A durational performance during which the artist will be serving an ‘Everything will be fine’ cake. Audiences will be invited (one by one) to make a wish and blow out the candle. The work creates a space in which wishes can be remembered/identified and hope generated.
Kasia Sobucka (http://artsterritory.org/
) is founder and curator at Arts Territory, currently one of 10 selected curators taking part in the the International Curator's Forum Beyond The Frame programme.
Beyond the Frame is a 22-month long project designed to deliver mentoring and professional development to ten emerging UK based curators through cross-generational exchange with ten selected mentors, in partnership with University of the Arts London with the support of the Arts Council England Elevate Fund and Bloomberg Philanthropies."
Liverpool Biennale 2018 Partner Event