MARTHA ROSLER: Polish Colony on Mars (National Identity)?
May 20, 2014 at 6 p.m., Gallery 1
Participants: Jan Sowa, Michał Zadara and Anna Zawadzka
Moderation: Elżbieta Janicka
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".
Today’s Poland is a territory on which a clash of civilizations is occurring. One civilization – an egalitarian, secular, liberal-democratic and civic – which is described in the Constitution and the majority of acts of the Republic. And the second civilization: expressing in a tireless transmission of patriarchal and nationalist cultural patterns. A change or even an attempt at a debate (e.g. on misogyny, homophobia, classism or anti-Semitism) effectively blocks the defenses that identity provides. It seems as though the Polish national sport is running around in circles, as diagnosed by Gombrowicz. "Because all Poles are one family.” “So that Poland can be Poland." "Poland is the most important." Is this how is has to be? If not this, then what instead? And how to bring this about - here and now, not necessarily in an undefined future on Mars?
"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