MARTHA ROSLER Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland
February 15 – May 25, 2014
Rosler’s work often centers on socio-political issues, generally seen through the prism of everyday life, especially from the point of view of women. Her engagement with such contemporary grass-roots movements as the anti-war movement and Occupy Wall Street is well known.
"Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland" is centered on life in contemporary Poland. Meetings, discussions, and performances will be held for the duration of the exhibition in one of the CCA’s main galleries. Visitors are invited to participate in Town Hall-style public meetings facilitated by activists, educators, and experts. These discussions will be held in and around kiosks, designed by Rosler and Centrala, devoted to the following issues : Gender, or How to be a woman in the new Poland; Housing; Labour; Debt; How to be an artist in the new Poland; Environment and Industry; Migration; What should be placed inside the new Jewish museum?; and Should there Be a Polish colony on Mars? (Polish National Identity). The program of events will continue for the show’s duration, and visitors are encouraged to continue to post comments, reactions, and suggestions on the “Democracy Wall” running the length of the gallery. The task at hand is to confront existing processes including economic, cultural, and ideological - that shape social and political reality. The open space of the exhibition has the capacity to become a site of formulation for different answers, collective and individual, in the form of debates, lectures, informal counseling, and referrals.
The exhibition and project reflect Rosler’s long-standing interest in connecting and exploring feminist, anti-war, and social themes. Her practice has always included three conjoined strategies: exhibition, critical discourse, and education encompassing several generations of artists and activists. For almost forty years, Rosler has lectured widely and has taught at several institutions in the United States, Canada, and Europe, notably at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and at Rutgers University in the New York area.
This exhibition finds its place among a continuing series of presentations by distinguished American artists who link feminism with conceptual art. This series has so far presented works at CCA Ujazdowski Castle by Mary Kelly, Silvia Kolbowski, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Kara Walker, Yoko Ono, and others.
Events accompanying the exhibition:
March 28, 2014
CCA media patronage: TOK FM, Elle Decoration, Harper's Bazaar, KMAG, Aktivist, Warsaw Insider, Hiro, Stolica, Label Magazine, artinfo.pl, PURPOSE