Magdalena Łazarczyk – No man’s Land (Ziemia niczyja)

Exhibition opening: February 23rd, 2018 (Friday), 7 a.m., Galeria Labirynt | Plaza, 13 Lipowa Street
On until: March 18th, 2018 (Tuesday – Sunday, 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Free entry

The opening speeches are going to be translated into Polish sign language by Magdalena Gach; a short exhibition tour in Polish sign language is also going to be available after the opening ceremony.

No man’s land is a characteristic ‘in-between’ zone, owned and supervised by no one. It is the patch of land which unites and divides. No man’s land – as a space in which everything and nothing may appear, as the area ‘between an act and its result’ – became an inspiration for Magdalena Łazarczyk. A part of the exhibition and also its starting point is a text by Mateusz Marczewski, which provides a particular map for the interpretation of the artist’s works: ‘(…) who or what lives there – the narrator’s ponderings circle around the obscure space between “the thought and its fruit” – (…) I could not, even in my imagination, make it empty. This thought moved me – about the existence of this ignored space. Perhaps because of the musical piece we were listening to – successive layers building intricate arabesque – I came to think about something as unobvious as emptiness’.

Magdalena Łazarczyk (born 1985 in Bialystok) finished her course in Sztuka Rejestracji Obrazu in the Faculty of Multimedia Communication at the University of the Arts in Poznań with the BA degree. In 2015, she defended her MA diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the Faculty of Media Art in the Studio of Spatial Activities of Professor Mirosław Bałka. In her works, Łazarczyk uses various media, such as video, photography, installation or performance – the last of which she creates with Zuza Golińska. Together with Łukasz Sosiński she runs ROD – Realny Obszar Działań – artist-run-space on the premises of Rodzinne Ogródki Działkowe in Warsaw. She is a finalist of the Artystyczna Podróż Hestii competition (2014) and the Rybie Oko 7 Young Art. Biennale (2013). In 2015 she was a winner of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award for outstanding achievements in art. Her diploma piece was awarded at the Coming Out 2015 exhibition as the most interesting work in the field of new media and received the main award in the (NIE)OBECNOŚĆ competition organised by Stowarzyszenie Artmagedon (Artmagedon Society) in cooperation with Galeria Labirynt in Lublin (2016). Magdalena Łazarczyk took part in numerous group exhibitions, such as: Niewidzialna Ściana, Galeria Arsenał in Białystok (2017), Hosted Simply, Vienna (2016); The Sense of the Body, FISAD 2015 (1. Festival Internazionale delle Scuole d’Arte e Design), Torino; Gęsia skórka, Dom Słowa Polskiego, Warsaw (2015); TEST/EXPOSURE, Wro Media Art Biennale, Wrocław (2015); Myths. Students/Artists/Teachers, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome (2014); Lekcja, Miejsce Projektów Zachęty, Warsaw (2014); Accommodation, Museum of Contemporary Art, Minsk (2014); Nie ma ziewania #1, #2, #3, #4, Teatr Nowy, Warsaw (2014). She lives and works in Warsaw.

Curator: Magdalena Linkowska

Magdalena Linkowska, text accompanying the exhibition No man’s land


graphic design: Maja Szczypek