MARTHA ROSLER: What should we put in the new Jewish museum?
May 23, 2014 at 6 p.m., Gallery 1
Natalia Romik, Wojtek Ziemilski, via Skype Joystick (Dariusz Jażdżyk)
Moderation: Ewa Chomicka
Organization: Judyta Nekanda-Trepka
Please note that this discussion is being help in Polish.
Discussion are being held within the frames of Martha Rosler’s project/exhibition "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland".
During the first meeting at the CCA regarding the new museum and its Jewish identity in contemporary Poland, one of the answers to the question, what should we put in the new institution, was: "This museum should remain empty, and in this way, it best captures the history of Polish Jews." Taking this statement as a starting point, we invite you to a discussion about the memory of Jewish presence in Poland. How do artists measure up to this challenge? Can art fill the void? And did Yiddishkeit (literally means “Jewishness”) really disappear in 1945 or 1968?
"Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland" is the new project developed by Martha Rosler for the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw focusing on life in contemporary Poland. Meetings, discussions, and performances will be held for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors are invited to participate in Town Hall-style public meetings facilitated by activists, educators, and experts. These discussions will address 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 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 of different answers, collective and individual, in the form of debates, lectures, informal counselling, and referrals.
Partners of the exhibition / project by Martha Rosler "Guide for the Perplexed: How to Succeed in the New Poland": Sofitel Warsaw Victoria, Epson
CCA media patronage: Elle Decoration, Aktivist, Stolica, artinfo.pl, PURPOSE