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Encounters 2 - Anka Ptaszkowska's trajectory in the 1970s, between Poland and France

Written by Juliane Debeusscher

Inspired by a conversation with Anka Ptaszkowska, this fall in Paris, this post seeks to revisit her rich and free trajectory between Poland and France, marked by personal encounters and adventures that were often undertaken collectively.

Trained as an art historian at Warsaw State University and then at Lublin's Catholic University, Anka Ptaszkowska was one of the founders of the Gallery Foksal in Warsaw in 1966, along with Wiesław Borowski and Mariusz Tchorek. From 1966 to 1970, she was actively involved in the gallery's activities and in the definition of a line that would characterize its early program and events. After a series of discrepancies and conflicts that made Foksal's first team split, she left Poland with her partner, the photograph Eustachy Kossakowski, and settled in Paris in 1970.

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Encounters 1 - Art’s context and social reality: Hervé Fischer and Jan Świdziński

Written by Juliane Debeusscher

Conference "Art Activity in the Context of Reality”, Remont Gallery, Warsaw. From left to right: Jan Świdziński, Hervé Fischer, Fred Forest, Henryk Gajewski. Image courtesy of Hervé Fischer.

 The Centre Pompidou in Paris recently presented "Hervé Fischer and Sociological Art", a retrospective exhibition synthesizing more than four decades of activity of this artist, sociologist and researcher. Hervé Fischer (1941) started to work in France in the early 1970s and moved to Canada in the early 1980s. Both individually and as a member of the Collectif d'Art Sociologique (Sociological Art Collective) which he founded in 1974 with Fred Forest and Jean-Paul Thénot, Hervé Fischer carried on an artistic and theoretical practice that addressed art's ideological meanings and functions in society.

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Oblivion as a Measure of Being Present: An Interview with Slobodan Stošić

Written by Raino Isto

Slobodan Stošić; Nothing Will Happen to You. You'll Be a Very Happy Citizen; 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.
Slobodan Stošić was born in Novi Sad, Serbia, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, and where he currently works. Stošić's art is responsive to specific contexts, exploring possible narratives of individual and collective subjecthood, as well as the relationship between political institutions and artworks as propositions. He received the Mangelos Award in 2012, and his work recently appeared in the Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, held in Albania, as well as in the exhibition Double Feature #6 at Tirana Art Lab. His work will be featured in the upcoming exhibition Art Encounters 2017 in Timoșoara, Romania, on view September 30 through November 5. He spoke with Raino Isto by email.

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Contemporary Art in/and Public Space: An Interview with Pleurad Xhafa

Written by Raino Isto

Preparing to make casts of the memorials to the victims of January 21 for Negative I-II-III-IV

Pleurad Xhafa is an artist living and working in Tirana, Albania. Xhafa studied in Bologna, and graduated with an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Bologna in 2012. Xhafa works primarily in video, photography, and installation, and his works address the politics of public space, commemoration, and labor in contemporary Albania. Recently, Xhafa's work appeared in Teatri i Gjelbërimit [The Theater of Greenery] at FAB Gallery, Tirana, and his works Mind Goes Blank, Eye is Gazing Into the Future (2010) and Breaking News (2013) are currently on view in Triple Feature #5 at Tirana Art Lab, Tirana. We spoke about the state of contemporary art in Albania, the relationship between art and public space, and the possibilities for contemporary art as a form of critique under neoliberalism. The following interview took place via email.

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