Alexander Ugay – More than an image, less than an object

Exhibition opening: July 28th, 2017 (Friday), 7 p.m.
Galeria Labirynt, 5 Popiełuszki Street
On until August 18th, 2017 (Tuesday – Sunday, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Free admission

Alexander Ugay’s show attempts to reflect on the notion of an archive and on the ideas on memory keeping and storing but also reading and deciphering. The artist has executed a site-specific piece whose components are photographs and objects with camera obscura mechanisms hiding inside them. Inspired by the archives of Galeria Labirynt, the fate of the Lublinianka football stadium, Słowackiego housing project and the intersection of Lubartowska and Świętoduska streets, he has investigated the correlations between an object and an image, the present and history, a document of a past and its designate. Ugay proposes a concept of an archive whose perception connects the phenomenological (sensory) cognition with dialectical (intellectual) understanding.

Alexander Ugay (born 1978, Kyzilorda, Kazakhstan) – a graduate of a Kazakh National Academy of Fine Arts in Kazakhstan, he lives and works in Almaty. He is interested in time, especially its relations between the past and the present and their influence on the reality, but also the memory – both personal and collective.

The pieces on show have been executed within the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Gaude Polonia scholarship fund.