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- Author Honza Zamojski
- Date of production 2010
- Duration 11’57”
- Author's designation artist’s signature on DVD
- ID no. BS/1008
- Availability in stock
- Acquired date 2012
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digitalisation Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
Honza Zamojski’s video, entitled Modernism, is an attempt to critically look at the phenomenon of modernism in architecture. The artist reduces the ideas underlying this trend to a simple pattern of repetitive action seen on the screen. As a result of a looped gesture of arranging round cookies, placing one on another, a kind of a tower is created, which, in a distant association, evokes materialized assumptions of modernist architecture, manifested in simple geometrical forms, abandoning decorativeness and ornamentation, reducing the body of the building to an abstract structure.more
Honza Zamojski’s video, entitled Modernism, is an attempt to critically look at the phenomenon of modernism in architecture. The artist reduces the ideas underlying this trend to a simple pattern of repetitive action seen on the screen. As a result of a looped gesture of arranging round cookies, placing one on another, a kind of a tower is created, which, in a distant association, evokes materialized assumptions of modernist architecture, manifested in simple geometrical forms, abandoning decorativeness and ornamentation, reducing the body of the building to an abstract structure.
Architectural modernism was supposed to be an international style, a universal answer to the needs of the inhabitants of high-tech cities all over the world. The stack of cookies made in one mould, which systematically grows again in Zamojski’s film, is like a prefabricated module of repetitive forms of architecture. Its use creates an ironic commentary on the ambitions of the believers of the ideas of modernism, who – guided by the desire to functionally satisfy human needs – treated man as an impersonal individual devoid of individual desires and preferences. The criticized aspect of the modernist design is the one which led to the appropriation of global space, by unifying city images and the elements which constituted them. Architects such as Le Corbusier, Hannes Meyer, and Mies van der Rohe were convinced of the possibility of creating buildings which would meet the expectations of various social groups. Later on, this idea was met with a wave of criticism, based on the experiences of specific people, condemned to living in standardized spaces which do not correspond to their specific utility needs.
In his film, Zamojski chooses a building material of such a small scale as cookies, making the hand of the person arranging them look powerful in this background. In this way, he creates an allusion to the decisive act of an architect who plays the role of a demiurge, deciding the appearance of the urban spaces created by him, whose layout and form determine not only the city’s appearance, but also the way of life and behaviour of its inhabitants. The fragility of the material used in the recording evokes, however, the feeling of instability of the created constructions. Ultimately, they turn out to be just as impermanent as the great projects created in the 20th century and the narratives surrounding them, which, in their time, seemed irrefutable.
Elaborated by Vera Zalutskaya, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art,
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.
Honza Zamojski (1981) is a visual artist, curator, editor and publisher, who works in a comprehensive manner. He is a graduate of the Poznań Academy of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Graphic Arts; he is the founder of the Morava publishing house; he is the winner of many awards and honours, including a scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Visegrad Artist Residency Programme. In 2011, he received a bronze medal in the competition, “The Most Beautiful Book of the World 2010”, accompanying the International Book Fair in Leipzig, for his publication Jak jsem potkal ďábla. In the same year, he was also the winner of the RDK Plebiscite, organized by Polish Radio Three, receiving the title of the Cultural Person of the Year. He also received the second prize in the VIEWS Deutsche Bank Foundation Award (2011) and was nominated for the Polityka Passport award in the Visual Arts category (2011). Selected individual exhibitions of Zamojski include: Me, Myself and I (Leto Gallery, Warsaw, 2011), M D R N B D S M (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków 2012), Nowe rysunki, portrety oraz wiersz [New drawings, portraits and a poem] (Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, 2012–2013), Fishing with John (Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, 2013), Góra i dół [Up and down] (together with Robert Maciejuk, Zachęta — National Art Gallery, Warsaw, 2014), Four Eggs Theory (FUTURA, Prague, 2015), Ghostism (OSMOS Address, New York, 2016), A-NA-TO-MY (BWA Zielona Góra, 2016). He has participated in such collective exhibitions as: 15th Tallinn Print Triennial (Tallinn, 2011), Prowizorka [Stopgap] (Arsenał Gallery, Poznań, 2012), Book Machine (Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2013), International Triennial of Contemporary Art (Port Izmir 3, Izmir, 2014), Dio Horia in Mykonos (Dio Horia, Mykonos, 2015), Podróżnicy [Travellers] (Zachęta, Warsaw, 2016), Eye on Poland. New Graphic Design from Poland (Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Mumbai, 2016), Miejsce. A place, (Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, 2016). He lives and works in Poznań.