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Alicja Bielawska – If not here, where?

Exhibition opening: February 17th, 2017 (Friday), 7 p.m. | Galeria Labirynt, 5 Popiełuszki Street
On until: April 9th, 2017 (Tue – Sun, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Admission free of charge

Curator: Waldemar Tatarczuk

The exhibition presents works of Alicja Bielawska (born 1980), artist shortlisted for the Paszport Award of Polityka magazine in 2016 and in the Spojrzenia competition in 2015. She is a graduate of art history at Warsaw University and sculpture at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Bielawska is an author of sculptures, drawings and installations of materials such as fabric, metal, wood, linoleum or clay. Although the results resemble familiar everyday objects, the artist often alters their proportions and scale, and changes their functions, inviting viewers to start a direct relation with it. She is curious to discover what is happening to the memory, perception and imagination of the viewer of  her works, which she often refers to as “objects”.

At the ‘If not here, where?’ exhibition, the artist is going to present works executed especially for Galeria Labirynt, but also her older works which gain a new dimension when introduced into another context. An important point of reference for Bielawska is the specific exhibition space of Galeria Labirynt: ‘When preparing the exhibition, I take into consideration the inspiring space – height, volume and light. I would like the pieces to function not only on the level of the floor and walls, but in the entire space, over the heads of the audience. I’m going to show new works arranged together with the older ones. I’m going to create some pieces especially for this space, which doesn’t mean they won’t be able to function elsewhere. I don’t make pieces which are strictly site-specific. I’m interested in introducing older ones into new contexts. This is what makes them alive. What is also important for me, is creating a dialogue between them (new and older ones, drawings and sculptures), the space and viewers.’

Anna Szary, text accompanying the exhibition