Foto-Medium-Art Gallery on the international art fair Berliner Liste 07
Luckenwalder Strasse 4/6, 10963 Berlin Booth C2
The Foto-Medium-Art Gallery opened in Wroclaw in October 1977. It has been managed since then by
Jerzy Olek, the inspirational force behind one of the most prominent and dynamic art movements. From its inception the gallery has continually focused on exhibitions of the Polish and international avant-garde. Its interests have always ranged beyond the traditional understanding of an exhibiting institution, into innovative relationships with film, video, new technologies, architecture, music and contemporary cultural theories.
In the last thirty years the Gallery has organized over 350 exhibitions, seminars and performances. Among the many Foto-Medium-Art events very important have been foreign expositions such as the presentation of 1920s and 1930s photography (Man Ray, El Lisicki, L. Moholy-Nagy, Bauhaus), exhibitions (H. Fulton, R. Long, H. Darboven, U. Rosenbach), and a presentation of the Czech and Slovak avant-garde (J. Moucha, R. Sikora, P. Štembera). Apart from group exhibitions, Foto-Medium-Art has regularly staged individual presentations i.e. those of E. Hartwig, S. Wojnecki, W. Duniko-Dunikowski, M. Snow, J. Kosuth, R. Sachsse, Ch. Boltanski. To the largest events organized by the Gallery belong biennial exhibitions under the title West-East (1989-1999). Amongst its other major events was New Spaces of Photography, involving 131 artists from 24 countries (Christo, Ch. Boltanski, A. Messager, J. Fontcuberta, G. Rousse, F. Varini, A. Soltau, T. Ulrichs, H. Tas, S. Saito, B. Webb, J. Hilliard). In 1996 the Gallery changed premises and became engaged in the organization of exhibitions in various locations around the world. The Gallery has been gathering documentation on the artistic activities of contemporary artists since 1977 and is involved in publishing.
Since 2007 Foto-Medium-Art has been located in Krakow city centre and co-managed by its second director, art historian Krzysztof Siatka. The Gallery represents emerging (Codemanipulator, Kinga Dunikowski) and established (Wincenty Dunikowski-Duniko, Natalia LL) contemporary artists.
Codemanipulator’s work can be described as an interdisciplinary activity between architecture, art, the internet and new media. He creates art with code. The works created in different languages of the World Wide Web describe for example sculptures and architectures that – on one hand do exist as text (the code itself) and on the other hand in the virtual world; also as an “image” – in form of a recorded configuration – they merge into reality.
Kinga Dunikowski (born 1974) in her works moves between reality and fiction. Situations built with ready elements borrowed from reality and with strategies known from advertising and film gain suggestiveness thanks to the artistic illusion. The public thus becoming often part of the installation.
Wincenty Dunikowski-Duniko (born 1947) characteristic for his work is interdisciplinary activity that may be divided into two areas: the first connected with the problem of the development of form, the other connected with the idea of art. His cycles of works are interrelated in time and in the methods of their realization – they are never closed.
Natalia LL (born 1937) belongs to the first generation of conceptual artists in Poland. She has been supporting the international feminist art movement since 1975 by participating in numerous symposia and exhibitions. Her work covers photography, painting, drawing, performance and video. Natalia LL‘s installations, photography and performance have been exhibited in some of most prestigious exhibitions and biennials worldwide.
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