branas slyder


exhibition opening: January 26th, 2018 (Friday), 6 p.m., Galeria Labirynt | Plaza, 13 Lipowa Street
on until February 11th, 2018 (Tuesday – Sunday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.)
meeting with the artist: January 18th, 2018 (Thursday), 5 p.m., Galeria Labirynt, 5 Popiełuszki Street
free admission

The exhibition is not suitable for children.

The exhibition opening and the meeting with Przemek Branas is going to be translated to sign language by Magdalena Gach; after the exhibition opening, a short guided tour is also going to be translated into sign language.

Przemek Branas (born 1987) works in various media and is active in the fields of performance, photography, video, installation. He deals in topics involving politics and social and cultural issues and studies the relations between an entity and society, putting institutional limits to a test, researching social and historical transformations. He is interested in human practices, secret and formalized rituals, cultural signs and symbols in relation to designated time and space. He focuses on selected, sometimes seemingly trivial fragments of reality, which he subjects to a specific examination and observation, and then to a transformation into a process of artistic action and reinterpretation. With both light irony and fascination, he seeks unobvious relationships between logic and a fluid reality. Przemek Branas is the winner of the second prize in Spojrzenia 2017, a competition organized by Deutsche Bank Poland and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art for young Polish artists.

How to find a connection between French chemist who discovered the reaction of combustion and was beheaded during the French Revolution with Ball’s Pyramid – the „sea wart”, whose ecosystem was transformed by rats from a shipwreck, or an astrologist from Cape of Good Hope trying to find, with a measure in his hand, a shape of a muffle furnace in a star constellation he discovered? Scholars, visionaries, madmen, cold logicians. What kind of stories are hidden behind scientific discoveries being a result of decades of studies and hard work and those which resulted from a coincidence?

Przemek Branas, who in his works often refers to the figure of an Enlightenment scientist, with characteristic perversity builds a network of connections between facts, events and inscribed in their existence forces of fate, uncontrolled powers of nature and predispositions of the human race, whose mind wishes to see its own mightiness primarily and everywhere. While at it, he creates new ecosystem, living and dead at the same time, based on simple physical and biological principles, yet completely non-obvious.

Magdalena Linkowska, text accompanying the exhibition