Territories - NY Skating

Video and installation works by five Polish artists. Territories will make an attempt at identifying existential positions of human beings in an ultra-modern world where spaces are prone to ruptures and detachments.
02.03 - 29.03: Dominik Lejman
Udstillingsperiode:
02-03-2015 - 29-03-2015
Medie:
Video
Titel:
Territories - NY Skating
Kunstner:
Dominik Lejman
Video and installation works by five Polish artists:
Adam Witkowski, Dominik Lejman, Iwo Rutkiewicz, Katarzyna Józefowicz and Kaja Dobrowolska

Curated by Aleksandra Księżopolska
Presented in the Demo Room at Galleri Image
26.01.15 - 30.06.15

Territories
 is not about presenting a regional survey of the Polish art scene. It is rather a curatorial inquiry into places, spaces and relationships. The focus here is to concentrate on the very essence of imaginary spaces, created by the artists, offering few dimensional layers for discussion. Territories will make an attempt at identifying existential positions of human beings in an ultra-modern world where spaces are prone to ruptures and detachments. The process of identifying and re-identifying social and cultural relationships is a recurring feature in most of the works.

Dominik Lejman
Video: NY Skating, 2003 
02.03. – 29.03.  (Shown in the Demo Room between 5pm-10am)

The discreet and ephemeral work of Dominik Lejman relates to real situations and real people. The video piece NY skating appears however to be a staged theatre piece with a carefully arranged choreography. It is only at a closer look that it begins to resemble a rather abstract crowd of ghosts, a multitude of anonymous and speechless characters deprived of individuality. The crowd takes on the shape of an ornament where every element becomes an essential part of a puzzle. This numb, human embroidery, shaped out of the loss of individuality, becomes an abstract figure, a cold composition. A pattern of contemporary existence, which slides on the surface of loose human relations and questions of identity in today’s world of multiculturalism. The ornament in Dominik Lejman’s work brings to mind the ever so present subject of surveillance and control. This aspect plays a crucial role in his work – the public space and the social sphere. An aspect, that is even more present today, where the ‘other‘ always has the potential of posing a threat. The video mural viewed in negative, black and white, with a lack of additional sugar coating, creates a ghostlike spectacle, making it impossible to distinguish its main characters from each other.



A collaboration between Galleri Image and Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk 

Supported by The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Copenhagen