Curatorial tour by Joanna Warsza

of Janek Simon Synthetic folklore exhibition

  • Ujazdowski Castle Centre of Contemporary Art ivites for curatorial tour of Janek Simon Synthetic Folklore exhibition conducted by Joanna Warsza.
    • In 2015, Janek Simon fabricated at home a 3-D printed retrospective of his work with various abstract patterns, which organized his various interests and passions: from globalization and political geography, through artificial intelligence, financial speculations, DIY strategies, postcolonial theories, to the most recent one: synthetic folklore. Like that overall formed picture, this exhibition maps and decodes the last fifteen years of the artists work. It features a collection of paintings recovered from a ship graveyard in India, a visualization of the Polish national budget, new works on psychedelia and AI, a little house from his childhood built with incorrect measurements, as well as a documentation of the artists curatorial and community work.

  • Joanna Warsza
    • is curator, researcher, writer specialized in interdisciplinary public art. She is an artistic director of Public Art Munich (2016-2018), and curated among others the Public Program of Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, the Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale and she was associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale on the invitation of Artur Żmijewski.  She edited of number of publications such as Stadium X-A Place That Never Was (2009), Forget Fear (2012) and I Cant Work Like This. A reader on Boycott in contemporary art (2017) and A City Curating Reader (2018). Joanna holds an M.A. of arts from Warsaw Theater Academy and was a PhD candidate at Paris 8 University in Paris in culture studies and performance. Since 2014 Joanna is also a head of the curatorial program CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm. She lives in Berlin.

Background photo: Janek Simon Man with the Head of Dog, 2015, courtesy of the Raster Gallery

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