Territories - Emotional Landscapes

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.
01.06 - 31.07: Kaja Dobrowolska
Udstillingsperiode:
01-06-2015 - 31-07-2015
Medie:
Video
Titel:
Territories - Emotional Landscapes
Kunstner:
Kaja Dobrowolska
Territories
Video and installation works by five Polish artists: Adam Witkowski, Dominik Lejman, Kaja Dobrowolska, Katarzyna Józefowicz, and Iwo Rutkiewicz 
Curated by Aleksandra KsiężopolskaPresented 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.

Kaja Dobrowolska
Video: Emotional Landscapes, 2013 (3:29)
01.06- 31.07

Within the performative video self-portrait Emotional Landscapes Kaja Dobrowolska seeks to capture and materialise emotions. She performs erratic and obsessive trajectories as if to create an illusion of purpose. The viewer witnesses the artist climbing and sliding on and around a hill, while her seemingly absurd movements combine to a coherent assemblage which challenges the physical boundaries of oneself. Boundaries formed from one’s own limits.

The title Emotional Landscape is the key to understanding of the work. Aesthetic, black and white images show traces on the emotional map of the artist, highlighting relationships. Edges, curves, texture, temperature play the role of longitudes and latitudes. This cartogram leads the observant viewer to the rather intimate territores of the artist’s inner world, where the outside and the inside constantly intertwine while emotions, space, and body intersect and cross over.

Kaja Dobrowolska graduated from the Polish National Film School in Lodz, Department of Photography in 2013. She works mostly with photography and video, experimenting by combining image and sound. She researches the relationship between medium, memory, and perception. Awarded with ShowOFF 2013, section of Krakow Photomonth Festival dedicated to young artists.

The exhibition series Territories is curated by Aleksandra Księżopolska, CSW Laznia, Gdansk and supported byThe Embassy of the  Republic of Poland in Copenhagen