Karol Radziszewski

The Power of Secrets

What is queer memory and can it be built in a common effort? The Power of Secrets at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art is an experimental solo exhibition – the first such broad presentation of Karol Radziszewski’s art.

Artist, curator, collector, amateur historian and a man of many fascinations, Radziszewski skilfully manoeuvres between visual and performance arts. The exhibition at U–jazdowski shows the wealth of his creative practices and artistic methods.

The exposition revolves around the theme of the performative nature of queer archives which bring back the memory of the past once denied and which democratise history.

The tools Karol Radziszewski uses in editing the materials are unique: he combines facts with fantasies, composes documents with shreds of memory; he misleads so as to show alternative trails of remembering. He not only reveals individual experiences but also documents the histories of communities. And he does not limit himself to Poland alone.

The Power of Secrets is created by artists – men and women – whose works expose a variety of tropes in broad historical and artistic contexts. They fall into a joint narrative about the fate of queer communities. The exhibition at U-jazdowski include pieces by Ryszard Kisiel, Natalia LL, Libuše Jarcovjákova, Wolfgang Tillmans and the Canadian collective General Idea.

Intimacy intertwines here with politics, and private histories blend in and out with public ones. The works on display have been dedicated to queer heroes and heroines – Taras Shevchenko and Ewa Hołuszko, the “Hiacynt” campaign, or the attempt to recreate the erotic exhibition of Wojciech Skrodzki from the 1970’s . Radziszewski includes quotes from his childhood fairly – tale drawings in images and murals from the 1989 series. The exhibition also presents the activities of the Queer Archives Institute – a para-institution founded by the artist focusing on researching the queer identity of Central and Eastern Europe.

The events accompanying The Power of Secrets exhibition will include screenings of Karol Radziszewski’s films, as well as guided tours and meetings with artists.

Institution financed by The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
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  • Cover photo
    • Karol Radziszewski, AIDS, 2012
  • The content presented at the exhibition is for adult audience only. 
  • Exhibition opening
    • 15/11/2019
      • 07:00 p.m,
      • 9:00 p.m., DJ-set by Avtomat (Workspace)
  • Exhibition on view through
    • 29/03/2020
Tuesday 11:00—19:00
Wednesday 11:00—19:00
Thursday 11:00—20:00
Friday 11:00—19:00
Saturday 11:00—19:00
Sunday 11:00—19:00
Exhibition catalogue
Karol Radziszewski