Agnieszka Polska
How the Work is Done

  • The catalogue was published in the context of Agnieszka Polska's Aurorite exhibition presented at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in 2012. The book contains the texts by Martha Kirszenbaum "All that is solid melts in the air" and Ewa Gorządek "How the work is done".

    • "In her recent pieces, Agnieszka Polska expands her nostalgic approach to memory within a defined political framework. Two of her last works explicitly deal with the idea of revolution and the political imaginaries of the 1950s and, more particularly, the 1970s. In her film How the Work is Done, Polska depicts a strike of students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 1956, a turning-point year for communist Eastern Europe, marking the beginning of students and intellectual revolts. In this particular piece, the students' bodies are dematerialized and represented by figures made of clothes leaning on the floor of an abandoned Academy studio. (...) Włosy / Hair conveys a further reflection on the notion of failed revolution, as it narrates the confrontation of the Polish group's utopian ideals with the reality of hippie culture during an initiatory trip to Aurovillean experimental community founded in 1968 a few miles north of Pondicherry, India." (Martha Kirszenbaum)


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  • Texts in Polish and English
  • 27 x 21 cm
  • 51 colourful and black&white illustrations
  • Soft cover
  • ISBN 978-83-61156-69-7
  • Published by the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Warsaw 2012
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