Wojciech Gilewicz – Akiyoshidai

Galeria Labirynt | Plaza, ul. Lipowa 13
Opening: 11/10/2019 (Friday), 6:00 p.m.; event interpreted into English (Krystian Kamiński) and into Polish sign language (PJM) (Magdalena Gach-Leziak).
On display: until 10/11/2019 (Tue-Sun, 12:00-7:00 p.m.)
Admission free

Curator: Magdalena Linkowska

Exhibition of Wojciech Gilewicz consists of a series of films shot by the artist between 2008 and 2018 in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. In his short films, Gilewicz shows present times in their specific aspects related to, among others, urban landscape, social status of its inhabitants, and ubiquitous aesthetics of excess. However, the artist does it from distinctive perspective of a “professional painter” and by referring to the problem of painting as a special type of practice reflecting the current condition of culture. Moreover, Wojciech Gilewicz asks viewers a question about readiness and openness to the Other, to “new” reality and possibilities as well as about function of art in this context. “Akiyoshidai”, the title the exhibition was taken from one of exhibited films and refers to the name of the Japanese national park. In the film, Gilewicz uses the motif of traditional Western painting and the Far Eastern tradition of Japanese wood engraving as a context for reflection on cultural diversity. Image treated as an object and as an idea becomes a pretext but also a reason and a purpose of reflection on the possibilities of thinking about another world, constructive criticism of one’s own tradition, building an alternative cultural history, seeing oneself and one’s environment in a different light.

Akiyoshidai – a foreign-sounding word that says little to the recipient of art in our part of Europe except for the Far Eastern associations – it seems to be, above all, a synonym of (potential) Other, who perhaps threatens us or towards whom, perhaps, we feel unjustified superiority. In the context of all of Gilewicz’s work, Akiyoshidai is a story about meeting the Other, searching for the perfect frame and traveling into the unknown – the journey is crucial for our way of thinking because it is the moment to verify our identity.

Sponsor of the opening: Browar Tenczynek