Exhibition

28 September–16 November 2008

The Social Studio

Artur Zmijewski, Them, 2007, film

The exhibition Artur Zmijewski: The Social Studio presents a selection of recent works by Artur Zmijewski, including videos Them (2007) and Repetition (2005) that could be described as “social studios,” social experiments of sorts documented on film in a provocative and openly confrontational way.

Zmijewski believes that in order for art to regain its value in society, it has to expose societal conflict and disclose the conditions in which social antagonisms are cultivated and maintained by the powers that be. Convinced that the hard-won autonomy of art—in which art is considered independent from the “real” world—has actually disempowered it from acting as an accountable public voice, Zmijewski insistently requires of art that it take responsibility and engage in a dialogue with the current social and political reality around us. In this way, art can contribute to shaping that reality by imagining the world otherwise than we know it.

Publications

Newsletter
Artur Żmijewski: The Social Studio

Acknowledgements

The architectural concept for the exhibition is developed by artist Josef Dabernig.

With thanks to Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw.

Suggestions from the archive

Festival

8 March 2020

Mama Cash Feminist Festival at BAK: Collective (Ex)change

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht is proud to collaborate with Mama Cash for International Women’s Day, Sunday 8 March 2020, as part of Mama Cash Feminist Festival. The full day program Collective (Ex)change consists of a gathering of and for local and international activists and artists who are working to make spaces safer for women-identified and LGBTQIA+ people.

Exhibition and public program

BAK basis voor

1 February, 09.30–2 February, 18.00 2020

2.Dh5 Festival – Defeating Dystopia?

BAK, basis voor 2.Dh5

The fourteenth edition of the yearly 2.Dh5 festival is coming to BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht on 1-2 February 2020, with the theme “Defeating Dystopia?” The festival is part of the program series BAK, basis voor…, in which BAK join forces with other organizations in addressing shared urgencies and developing propositions for a future of “being together otherwise.”

Workshop