The Day Is Not Enough

    Maess, Excessive, 2010, crayon on paper, 29x21 cm

    Galeria Miejska Arsenal, Poznan: 17 January – 16 February 2014. Opening 18:00 17 January 2014. Curated by Magdalena Ujma, ‘The Day Is Not Enough’ is dedicated to autobiographical accounts in new Polish art. Participating artists relate their own stories. These are real life stories, mostly first-person narratives. On the one hand, the tension between the figure of the author and the subject of the work and, on the other, between the fiction and the truth of representation constitute the axis of this exhibition. Image: Maess, Excessive, 2010, crayon on paper, 29 x 21cm.

    Artists: Azorro, Basia Bańda, Wojciech Bąkowski, Agata Bogacka, Monika Drożyńska, Pola Dwurnik, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Elżbieta Jabłońska, Zuzanna Janin, Łukasz Jastrubczak & Małgorzata Mazur, Katarzyna Józefowicz, Katarzyna Kozyra, Robert Kuśmirowski, Maess, Cecylia Malik, Malwina Niespodziewana, Hanna Nowicka, Joanna Pawlik, Joanna Rajkowska, Wilhelm Sasnal, Maciej Sieńczyk, Janek Simon, Mariusz Tarkawian, Zorka Wollny, Ewa Zarzycka, Erwina Ziomkowska, Artur Żmijewski

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    The phrase ‘the day is not enough’ comes from a director of an art gallery, who is also an artist. It was a remark he made referring to the impossibility of performing both functions simultaneously. These words are an expression of frustration experienced by a person consciously observing events occurring in his life and commenting on them as they happen, doing his best not to overlook anything. His perturbation may be termed as a diarist’s worry.

    The autobiographic character of newest art constitutes a fairly broad topic, encompassing multitudinous trails and potential artistic or research approaches. Two paths have been marked out for the exhibition. The first has already been mentioned: contradictions that cannot be avoided when one records one’s own life, the frustration of a diarist. Is there a way to note every single thing down? Or should some things be omitted? How can one know what will appear significant in the future? The other path is delineated by history, whose reflections are to be found in personal notes as well as in chronicles of everyday matters.

    The exhibition ‘The Day Is Is Not Enough’ ’ focuses on selected examples of personal documents. It is going to present cases of suggestive use of first-person narration to pose the question why contemporary artists chose their own autobiographies as the basis of their creation, revealing themselves as narrators of the stories.

    Prior to the exhibition, a performance by Ewa Zarzycka will take place.

    The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication ‘The Day Is Not Enough’, featuring essays by Inga Iwasiów, Agnieszka Karpowicz, Ewa M. Tatar and Magdalena Ujma.

     


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