Fragment / English version
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Edited by Marek Goździewski, publishing coordination: Dorota Karaszewska
”If Bałka’s art, for many years, seemed driven by the need to find a way of representing the existential dillema, that being leads to nothingness, more recently the Holocaust and the artist’s preoccupation with it is increasingly evident in his work (…). Bałka has used the video camera to acces and incorporate into his work images and sounds that bring traces of the Holocaust into the gallery and thus into the present of all our lives. Among other sources he has recorded video foot-age in the concentration camps at Majdanek, Treblinka and Auschwitz-Birkenau, sometimes of specific and telling details, other times of landscapes of trees, snow and sky, of place emptied but redolent somehow with history”.
Texts published in the catalogue are written by:
Frances Morris: “Preface to Fragment”;
Piotr Krajewski “The All is everything: Mirosław Bałka’s videospaces”;
Zygmunt Bauman “Spectres at an exhibition”;
Julian Heynen “Gravity”;
Marek Goździewski “Fragment”.
Publication includes photos of video projections shown at the exhibition at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw and at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Winterreise/Bambi, BlueGasEyes, Readings of Poems by Michelangelo Buonarroti in Polish translation), biography note, selected solo and group exhibitions.