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

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Learning

Book Launch

Book Launch

16 October 2020, 19.00-21.00

Book Launch: Deserting from the Culture Wars

The second reader in BAK's BASICS series, published by BAK and MIT Press

On Friday 16 October 2020 BAK presents the book launch for Deserting from the Culture Wars , the second reader in our BASICS series, published by BAK and MIT Press, Cambridge, MA and edited by Maria Hlavajova and Sven Lütticken.