FOLLOW THE WHITE RABBIT
Olaf Brzeski, Hubert Czerepok, Justyna Koeke, Angelika Markul, Aleksandra Polisiewicz, Zorka Wollny
4 MAY – 30 JUNE 2012
The focal idea behind the exhibition Follow the White Rabbit! was the insight that children need to be actively involved in our collective culture. This exhibition project with Olaf Brzeski, Hubert Czerepok, Justyna Koeke, Angelika Markul, Aleksandra Polisiewicz, Zorka Wollny was one of the first of its kind when it was originally exhibited in Krakow's ‘Bunkier Sztuki’ and is now also being shown in Dortmund as part of the cultural festival ‘Klopsztanga Polen grenzenlos NRW’.
The exhibition title is borrowed from Lewis Carroll's children's book ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and aims to encourage visitors to engage with the unknown. Contemporary art opens up an unconstrained world of fantasy to the youngest visitors. This world obeys its own laws and logic. Parallel to the reality of our world, we treat art as a wonderland that can be entered by anyone who, like Lewis Carroll's Alice, is willing to look at ‘the other side of the mirror’ and believe ‘the impossible’. This exhibition exclusively features works created with children as the main demographic in mind. They take into account the child's perception of the world and the different stages of development of young adolescents. In part, they are also the result of the artists' recollection of their own childhood. The artworks will invite children to actively participate in the exhibition and stimulate them to think critically in a playful way.
Justyna Koeke's Car Accident - sewn from soft materials - alludes to a child's fascination with disasters, which carries an intuitive urge to confront fears and themes of transience. Two artists designed a model made of building blocks: Hubert Czerepok's Little Boy presents a model of an atomic bomb that you can assemble yourself, and Aleksandra Polisiewicz's Kingdom of United Colors is a foam puzzle that refers to the phenomenon of multiculturalism and the fascination with mathematical infinity. Zorka Wollny's journey was conceived in the form of a labyrinth and represents a metaphor for growing up. Angelika Markul's Temptation also stems from a childhood memory of getting lost in a cornfield. The space she creates, in which one loses all sense of time and place, is completely filled with green mist. The audience's reactions to this are completely contradictory: they range from a feeling of fascination to that of total loneliness. Olaf Brzeski's installation Drowning is inspired by a toy from the artist's childhood and deals with the phenomenon of our memories prismatically deformed and filtered by time.
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