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- Author Zorka Wollny
- Date of production 2015
- Dimensions height: digital photograph: 1200 px (16 pcs.), width: digital photograph: 800 px (16 pcs.)
- Duration 10’51”
- Author's designation none
- ID no. 1097
- Availability in stock
- Acquired date 2015
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright CC BY-ND 4.0 Attribution – NoDerivatives 4.0
- Digitalisation Zorka Wollny (digital copy received from the artist)
Zorka Wollny’s work situates itself between theatre, dance, music and visual arts. Her achievements include video films – distinguishing themselves with a pictorial vision – concerts and choreographic performances involving numerous actors (often realized together with Anna Szwajgier). In projects that refer to the form of an audiovisual show, the artist plays the role of director and producer, inviting musicians, actors, and dancers to cooperate, working with members of local communities, amateur clubs, and groups that share common interests. The essential element of her projects is space: works are created as a result of observing the existing conditions created by the architecture of the place, as well as penetrating its private, public, and institutional aspects.more
Zorka Wollny’s work situates itself between theatre, dance, music and visual arts. Her achievements include video films – distinguishing themselves with a pictorial vision – concerts and choreographic performances involving numerous actors (often realized together with Anna Szwajgier). In projects that refer to the form of an audiovisual show, the artist plays the role of director and producer, inviting musicians, actors, and dancers to cooperate, working with members of local communities, amateur clubs, and groups that share common interests. The essential element of her projects is space: works are created as a result of observing the existing conditions created by the architecture of the place, as well as penetrating its private, public, and institutional aspects. Fluctuating between poetic atmosphere and critical attitude, Wollny addresses feminist issues, affirming states of femininity, women’s communities, and relationships. She is interested in cultural codes that consolidate gestures and behaviours, and, by considering them and incorporating them into artistic projects, she finds gaps between them that provide the possibility for individual expression.
The artist’s work is perceived as subtly subversive and artistically significant. Justifying the decision to award her with the “Arteon” Prize in 2010, the jury’s chairwoman, Magdalena Ujma, wrote: “Zorka Wollny is a worthy successor to the first wave of artists who appeared in Poland after the great political transformation in 1989. She is a very interesting artist, and the most important features of her activity are: intellectual revival, curiosity about the world and extraordinary treatment of – seemingly – trite topics, a passion for cooperation. For these reasons, Wollny’s art is difficult to label, as the artist freely moves between disciplines, uses inspiration coming from reading, deals with theatre, dance and music. It is essential for her to get in touch with other people, conversations, and the flow of ideas. Past interpretations of Zorka Wollny’s work capture her in terms of feminist deconstruction of patriarchal codes of behaviour or criticism of institutions. This way of looking, however, deprives Wollny’s activity of its uniqueness and the aura by which it is surrounded. This aura is created by the artist’s sensitivity to the visual aspect of reality, her empathy towards people she observes, the sensitivity to nuance and some indescribable image quality, atmosphere, flow of emotions.”
In the audiovisual performance, Trumpet to listen to, the collection was created in cooperation with members of the Artistic Stage Ensemble of Song and Dance of Pensioners, “Pogodna Jesień”, from Kraków and the university choir “Camerata” from Wieliczka. The performance, which was presented twice during the vernissage of the Endospory exhibition at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in the winter of 2015, was preceded by a series of preparatory workshops with the participants. The composition, created together, took the form of an open libretto, based largely on improvisation and dedicated to the issue of memory. The piece was inspired by and in reference to specific places in the gallery, inaccessible to visitors every day, such as a carpentry workshop or book store. Their new creative use became the axis of the performance. On the content layer, the concert referred to the book by José Saramago, All the Names, drawing from it the concept of highlighting names, dates, numbers, and places personally important to the project participants. These elements contributed to a score composed of songs, whispers, and other sounds, which the artist combined with the elements of choreography and the use of the room’s equipment. By entering a live process, the recipient became a part of the physical and emotional configuration. His presence also intensified the impression of chance, suggested by the fragmentary, blurring forms of the spectacle. Today, only photographic documentation and atmospheric audiovisual record constitute a trace of the fleeting artistic event, which poetically drew attention to what is generally invisible, overlooked, and unspoken.
Elaborated by Joanna Terpińska, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art,
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.
Zorka (Zofia) Wollny (born 1980) is a performer, the author of video films, a painter and composer. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2006), where she also took her doctor’s degree, as well as from Sabanci Universiteti (Istanbul, 2006). She is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Szczecin. She is the two-time scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2004, 2008). She is the winner of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Award in the 8th Eugeniusz Gepperta competition (2007). She was nominated for the Deutsche Bank Foundation Spojrzenia Award (2009) and the “Arteon” Award, granted annually to a selected artist (2010). She is a scholar of the Italian Ministry of Culture (2007) and Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto (2007). She is the author of individual exhibitions and projects, such as: A concert for high heels (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, 2004), I live in IKEA (Ikea store, Kraków, 2004), Sabanci (FAIT Gallery, Kraków, 2005), Museum (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2008, National Museum. Kraków, 2005), Escape from a frame (Starter Gallery, Poznań, 2008), Erosion sonata (Post Monument Sculpture Biennale, Carrara, 2010), Oratory for orchestra and choir of Warsaw residents (Warsaw, 2011), Słopiewnie (Jelenia Góra, 2010), Black series (Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin, 2012), Ophelias. Iconography of madness (Museum of Art, Łódź), Collaborations (Platan Gallery, Polish Institute, Budapest, 2014), Cooperations (Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, 2015 and 2012), Collective exhibitions in which she participated include: Locia’s Dialogue (Kostrzyn nad Odrą, 2004), Eastern Lights (Motorenhalle, Dresden, 2004), Museum as a bright object of desire (Museum of Art, Łódź, 2006), Points d'Impact (Mottatom, Geneva, 2007), No Borders – European Exhibition of Young Artists (La Centrale Électrique, Brussels, 2008), 5. Youth Trennials (Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, 2008), the Hell of things (Kronika Gallery, Bytom, 2009), Follow the White Rabbit (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków, 2010), East goes East (Outpost Gallery, Norwich, 2010), Diffusions of contemporary times (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2011), You are here (Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2011), Towards a critical institution (Arsenał Gallery, Poznań, 2014), Jazz and Experimental Music from Poland (Istanbul, 2014), Foreigners of Sound (Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2014), Endospores (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, 2015), Midnight Show (BWA Design, Wrocław, 2015), Order (Hilbert Raum Gallery, Berlin, 2016), International Shakespeare Festival (Gdansk, 2016). In 2002, she co-created Foundation 36.6. She lives and works in Berlin.