MIROSLAW BALKA bes-sennosh-ch

9788393223992: MIROSLAW BALKA bes-sennosh-ch

The catalogue was published on the occasion of Miroslaw Balka's exhibition "bes-sennosh-ch" (Labirynt Gallery, Lublin 21st September 2012 - 26th October 2012). The book contains a text by Katarzyna Bojarska and photographic documentation of the show, created by Wojciech Pacewicz. The title of the exhibition in Lublin - "bes-sennosh-ch" - is a phonetic transcript of the Polish word that denotes the state of sleeplessness, which brings to mind an unpleasant sense of anxiety and discomfort. A major role is played here by the specific space of the gallery - the arrangement of the space on two levels generates interesting design and interpretation potential, which, as the artist, admits, is extremely inspiring. Balka keenly returns to this space: "bes-sennosh-ch" is his fourth individual exhibition at the Labirynt 2 Gallery, after the shows "The River" (1989), "Hygiene" (1998), and "du contrat social" (2006). Katarzyna Bojarska highlights the historical and, at the same time, the personal dimension of the exhibition - the conifer needles on the floor of the gallery are the same needles that Balka's grandfather placed above the heads of the residents of their Otwock house in 1935. Traces of the past are hidden in a peculiar archive of the artist's memory, triggered by smell, flickering light or the rustling language of the narrative. The author writes about the meanings evoked by the Lublin project, referring to the echoes of war trauma as well as uncomfrotable memories that keep people awake. Addressing the fictitious biography of Leopold Auberg penned by Herta Mϋller as well as Kafka's protagonist - Odradek, Bojarska introduces the themes of death and transience, which form part of the symbolics of conifer needles, a mute witness of history. Balka touches upon the mechanism of post-memory, investigates the relations between inanimate matter (symbolised in the text by Odradek) and human life.

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