The Year 2020 at U–jazdowski
The year 2020 will begin in the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art with an examination of the connections between physics and art. The exhibition by Ursula Mayer will look at the influence of humankind on the Earth’s electromagnetic field. The Austrian artist has taken on board the relationship of sex and gender versus new technologies. The opening is scheduled for May.
In the spring, the art collective Slavs and Tatars will be returning to U–jazdowski — this time as curators. The exhibition Crack Up—Crack Down takes a look at satire, both from a historic and a contemporary perspective, in graphics, activist interventions, memes, and via standups—from Eastern Europe to the Middle East. Satire can be moralistic but also critical; it has the power to destroy and to be revolutionary. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the 33rd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana.
In the fall we are planning another exhibition, Rare Languages, devoted to online literary or cultural phenomena such as fanfiction and fandoms. Toward the end of the year, U–jazdowski will be hosting Miet Warlop, today one of the most widely recognized Flemish artists. Warlop creates animated sculptures, living tableaux, and performances. In her most recent works, she has brought back rock concert aesthetics with all the destructive potential this entails. The project that Warlop has been preparing for U–jazdowski will confront the language of the theatrical stage set and the visual arts.
The performative arts program will take up many diverse threads, including postmediality, queer and narrative art, and choreography. We will see the final installment of the experimental project PTV: Performance TV, focused on the relationship between television and artistic practice. We will present the new edition of the program To Be Real, which tracks the connection points between contemporary art and club culture. It will cover all-night music events and more—discussions, workshops and lectures on the political dimensions of clubbing. In the middle of March and April, Michał Borczuch will show a choreographic installation Untitled (Together Again), dedicated to the AIDS epidemic, mourning, and queer communities. This is a coproduction by the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, HAU in Berlin, and the Nowy Theater in Warsaw.
Each year, the U–jazdowski program incorporates numerous artist residencies for artists and curators from all over the world. In April, the exhibition Everyday Forms of Resistance will open, as the corollary of a long-term project with the participation of artists and cultural practitioners from Palestine. The residents have studied the everyday gestures, customs, and rituals that help retain human dignity and put up resistance in places overtaken by social, political, or ecological turmoil.
Collection Co-selection is an educational experiment, in which viewers will vote online to select which works from our collection will go forward to the exhibition planned for November. In 2020, the public will also be able to view the collections of the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in the Open Collection Warehouse, located in the historic cellars. We will be further expanding the Mediateka website. Besides digitalized objects, it will also carry temporary presentations of works from our collections via themed virtual galleries.
There will also be a multi-format educational program tailored for audiences of all age groups.
We are also looking forward to another series of Polish artists in the Project Room, where the most promising young artists will have the opportunity for an institutional debut.
Our cinema program promises to be intense. As part of the series Decolonization of the Screen, there will be experimental documentaries on colonialism, and the series The Cinema of Crisis will deal with political, climatic, and economic crises as an inevitable element of every social transformation.
For the coming year, U–jazdowski is planning numerous publications. One of these is a book on the Jazdów City Garden, which will not only summarize the five-year project, but will also discuss methods of working with greenery in public space. The following publications are also in the pipeline: an anthology of texts on contemporary performance Performance Works; the book Things We Do Together: Post-Reader, which originated in the exhibition Gotong Royong: Things We Do Together at the turn of 2017 and 2018; the second volume of Art of Liberation: Press Study by Zbigniew Libera, including materials published in the period 1998–2007; the book Karol Radziszewski: The Power of Secrets and the next four editions of the online quarterly Obieg.