Joanna Warsza (PL)

29.02 - 04.03.2016

In recent years, artists and curators have often been confronted with the classic political dilemma of engagement or disengagement. The political, ideological or economic contexts of certain biennials or art exhibitions have raised the question of whether to continue and, if so, under what circumstances, facing what consequences and to what point? The Istanbul or Kiev Biennials, or recently Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg, demonstrated that curating and art production cannot just carry on “as if nothing had happened”.

The workshop and the lecture proposed an exercise in reflecting on curatorial and artistic scenarios and political dilemmas. How does one engage with audiences in a place of political non-alignment? How does art challenge the oppressive political and aesthetic climate? What are the core ethical and aesthetical questions, and finally, can art become an indispensable agent of the exciting possibility of political rapprochement, or is that too much to expect?

Joanna Warsza is a curator, researcher, and writer in the fields of visual and performing arts and architecture. Currently Joanna is the head of the curatorial program CuratorLab at Konstfack in Stockholm. Joanna was trained as a theater and dance scholar at the Warsaw Theater Academy and University Paris 8. She 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. She edited Stadium X-A Place That Never Was (2009), Forget Fear (2012) and Ministry of Highways: A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi (2013). She is based in Berlin and Warsaw.

29.02 - 04.03.2016
Seminar and tutorials
03.03.2016 / 17:00 / Berlinka – SNG / Public lecture
When the timing could not have been worse / On Curating, Boycotts, Withdrawals and Political Upheavals.

David Beech, The Art Boycott, Article published in Art Monthly in October 2014

Ahmet Ögüt, Collective Action needs to happen in a synchronized manner

Andrea Phillips, Making the Public in (ed.) Robin Mackay, When Site Lost the Plot (Falmouth- Urbanomic, 2015) ISBN 978-0-9575295-6-4

Representing something that you disagree with, Interview Galit Eilat with Renata Cervetto, Ulrike Jordan and Georgia Stellin

A collaboration project between and Studio IN (Department of Intermedia and Multimedia, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava) as part of the Open Studio program.

ERSTE Foundation is the main partner of tranzit.

The Open Studio with Joanna Warsza was supported by the Polish Institute in Bratislava.