Joanna Warsza Lecture: Public Art in Poland After the Fall of the Wall
- Thursday, November 7, 2:00 pm
Joanna Warsza’s lecture, Public Art in Poland After the Fall of the Wall, presents the landscape of public art in post-communist Poland, revealing the social, cultural, and political idiosyncrasies of its post-socialist, turbo-capitalist, and westernized society. The presentation covers an array of urban interventions, including Akademia Ruchu’s actions during the Solidarność protest movements, the Exchange gallery run at the ‘Manhattan’ real estate in Łódź via Paweł Althamer’s sculpture park, real time movies and social actions developed with Althamer’s neighbors in the suburban Warsaw district of Bródno, Joanna Rajkowska’s fake palm tree erected in the middle of the capital, and Yael Bartana’s extraordinary call for three million Jewish people to return to Poland and form a Jewish Renaissance Movement.
Joanna Warsza is a curator in the fields of visual, performing arts, and architecture. She is curator of the Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, and was an associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale. Warsza works mostly in the public realm, examining social and political agendas such as the legacy of post-Soviet architecture in Caucasus, as well as with Public Movement, the phenomenon of Israeli youth delegations in Poland. In 2006, she founded the Laura Palmer Foundation which she ran in Warsaw through 2011. She is editor of books, including Ministry of Highways: A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi (2013), Forget Fear (2012), and Stadium X-A Place That Never Was (2009). Warsza lives and works in Berlin and Warsaw.