May 14th, 3pm. Artist's Talk with Malgorzata Mirga-Tas and Dr. Wojciech Szymański
The Dr. Eva Kahan Foundation cordially invites you to an artist's talk at the Kahan Art Space Vienna with the Polish-Roma artist Malgorzata Mirga-Tas and Dr. Wojciech Szymanski, co-curator of the national Polish Pavillon of the newly opened 59th Venice Biennial.
Saturday, May 14th at 3pm Kahan Art Space Vienna Note: Entrance at "Cafe Kraus", Grosse Pfarrgasse 7, 1020 Vienna
The event will be in English. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Dr. Eva Kahan Foundation is pleased to announce the extension of the exhibition "Screen Test" at the Kahan Art Space Vienna until May 14th, 2022.
The colorful works of Malgorzata Mirga-Tas (b. 1978, Zakopane) depict the rich interior lives of Poland’s Romani communities. Cut and modelled into highly embellished textiles, objects and screens, the semi-abstract sculptures and paintings are joyous illustrations of the everyday lives of the artist’s family members and friends in her home of Czarna Góra, Poland, one of the longest settled Romani communities in Eastern Europe. As both representations of members of her own Bergitka Roma tribe, the works are often formed by clothes that are worn by individuals dear to the artist. The highly layered and intricate works are decorated with sequins, feathers and playing cards in an almost pop art form, crafting narratives within the exhibition room and calling attention to the emotional expressions of minority communities.
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas: "Screen Test"
February 23rd - May 14th, 2022
Kahan Art Space Vienna
Große Pfarrgasse 7, Wien
Opening times: Wed - Fri 3pm – 7pm
Sat 10am – 3pm
The exhibition will be further viewable at the Kahan Art Space Budapest from May 19th until June 4th, 2022.
About the Speakers
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas is a Polish-Romani artist and activist. In her works, sculptures, paintings, spatial objects and large-format textiles, she addresses anti-Romani stereotypes and engages in building an affirmative iconography of Roma communities. She graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (2004). Since then, she has participated in several dozen individual and group exhibitions, including the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), the Art Encounters Biennial in Timişoara (2019, 2021), 3rd Autostrada Biennale in Prizren (2021), while her works have been displayed at the Mavian Gallery in Brno (2017), the Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko (2020), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2020), and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne (2021), among others. In 2022, she is representing Poland at the 59th Venice Biennial. She lives and works in Czarna Góra, Poland.
About the Speakers
Wojciech Szymański, Ph.D.
Wojciech Szymański, PhD, is an art historian, art critic, and independent curator. He is currently assistant professor at the Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw and is the author of several dozen articles. In addition to being the editor and author of monographs and exhibition catalogues, he is the principal investigator and researcher in a number of Polish and international scientific projects. Since 2019, he is editor-in-chief of “Ikonotheka” journal. As the curator of numerous art shows, he has a special interest in contemporary Roma art and its presence in the global art world. He has curated the following shows featuring the works of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas: Kali Berga (Krakow 2016, Berlin 2017); The Right to Look (Krakow 2018), 29. Exercises in Ceroplastics (Orońsko 2020), Out of Egypt (Białystok 2021). He is currently co-curator (together with Joanna Warsza) of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas’s exhibition Re-Enchatnting the World of the Polish Pavilion at the 59th Biennale Arte in Venice (2022). He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). He lives in Krakow
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