Mirosław Bałka "Fragment"

Mirosław Bałka – Fragment

Opening of the exhibition will take place on the 25th of April at 7 p.m. A meeting with Mirosław Bałka will be organised on the same day at 8 p.m. The discussion will be moderated by Marek Goździewski, curator of the exhibition ‘Fragment’.

‘Fragment’, Mirosław Bałka’s exhibition in Labirynt Gallery, in a sense goes back to a place where it began. It was at Majdanek concentration camp in 1999 during artist’s pilgrimage to a place marked by the Holocaust where Bałka’s first video recordings were created that later became the material for his video works: ‘bottom’ (1999/2003), ‘mapL’ (1999/2010) as well as the most famous one, ‘Carrousel’ (1999/2004), one of the icons of the beginning of the 21st century art currently on display at the London Tate Modern collection.

There were three other ‘Fragments’ in Lublin before the ‘Fragment’. First, displayed in Warsaw at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in 2011. Second, showed in Berlin at Akademie der Kunste at the turn of 2011 and 2012. Third, presented in 2013 in Moscow at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts and at the Vinzavod Centre of Contemporary Art. The ‘Fragments’ differed from each other – each was a fragmentary representation referring to a place in which it was displayed and each of them evoked hopes, fears, experiences and the constellations of senses and their meanings. These three ‘Fragments’ constitute a fascinating geo-political triptych composed of three countries – Poland, Germany and Russia – represented by their capitals – Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow. Spaces marked by suffering and the Holocaust.

‘Fragment’ in Labirynt Gallery is another ‘Fragment’. However, it differs from the previous ones being at the same time as much fragmentary. It constitutes also their summary. The exhibition includes: ‘mapL’ (1999/2010), ‘bottom’ (1999/2003), ‘T.turn’ (2004), ‘Primitive’ (2008) as well as ‘Michael Angelo Buonarroti Reading’ (2004). The presentation of ‘Fragment’ in Lublin Labirynt Gallery has a special meaning – Lublin is a place where the story of ‘Fragment’ and reflection connected with it began. It is also the place where this reflection still goes back and will go back in the future.

Exhibition on display until the 29th of June 2014 (Tue – Sun, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m., admission free)