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Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr

11 February - 12 March 2011, daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany

On the occasion of the publication of Artur Żmijewski's interview book Drżące ciała (Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr, in German) and parallel to the Berlin international film festival, the daadgalerie will be showing the film works and documentations of the performance, photography, and film art in Poland from the 1990s till the present.

The conversations Żmijewski initiated between 1993 and the present, with artists associated with the Polish movement “Critical Art" - which radicalized and modernized the language of art as well as its mediums and ways of distribution - serve as a document of historical change in Poland after 1989. Żmijewski's conversation partners share the experiences of a generation as well as special methods of working: the readiness to sacrifice themselves, freedom of choice, and an unwillingness to compromise. The protagonists of this book took part in a confrontation which enfolded across the most various parts of life that changed the political reality and defined a political language in
which ideas and concepts took on radically new meanings. A social movement was created that looked like art because it was founded by artists. In fact, it was an intellectual and political movement that suggested another model of social change.

The exhibition gathers together a selection of films and performance documentation that have been up until now only rarely seen in Germany, and that are representative of the “Critical Art" movement and its successors.

With Paweł Althamer, Katarzyna Kozyra, Grzegorz Klaman, Zbigniew Libera, Jacek Markiewicz, Joanna Rajkowska, Monika Mamzeta (Zielińska).
Zimmerstr. 90/ 91
10117 Berlin
Mon-Sat 11am-6pm
Artists' Talk (in English) at 8pm with Joanna Rajkowska, Stanisław Ruksza & Artur Żmijewski
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