16 October (Thursday)
19:00 hours / Wyspa Institute of Art, the premises of the former Gdańsk Shipyard
Exhibition open until 31 December 2014
Curator: Aneta Szyłak
Alternativa 2014 is proud to present Abstract – the first solo exhibition in Poland of the outstanding German artist, theoretician and documentary essayist Hito Steyerl. She is a key figure of contemporary art and film, one who views the image-making process from feminist, critical and political perspectives.
Steyerl is continually asking the question: what does it mean to be visible or invisible in a time of recording, scanning and surveillance, when all of our moves and activities are being documented and systematically used, often without our knowledge and/or permission, in a militarised and profit-oriented reality. We can see a collage of various technological languages in her works, along with aesthetics of recording and persuasion, entangling us through a continual flow of capitalised information. The artist sketches the relationship between seemingly disparate domains of knowledge; she can precisely, scrupulously and painfully mimic various forms of communication.
Her exhibition will be unveiled as the final showpiece of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors shows her latest works, among which are pieces such as: Liquidity Inc., November, Adorno’s Grey, How Not to be Seen, Guards and Is the Museum a Battlefield? and important older work such as Lovely Andrea.
This exhibition is the 4th and last act of Alternativa 2014: The Garden of Everyday Errors. Former exhibitions were Oliver Ressler: Political Imaginaries: Making the World Anew, Everydayness and Otherwise.
The exhibition was financed by the means from The City of Gdansk, and co-finances by means from The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and realised thanks to the help form Insitut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) in Stuttgart. Grupa Azoty SA is a partner of Alternativa 2014.