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08 Apr 2013

guest_*talk by Dorota Nieznalska at F+F Zurich

Art & Church - the guest_*talks series 2013

Art and Church - the guest_*talks series 2013
F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich


The F+F guest_*talks series 2013

Daniel Hauser, Head F+F Art Studies
+41 44 444 18 88

F+F School of Art and Media Design Zurich
Flurstrasse 89
8047 Zurich

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 7 pm
Dorota Nieznalska: Violence - As a Manifestation of Power
The Gdansk-based artist Dorota Nieznalska is one of the few artists in Poland whose work tackles the difficult issues of a culture strongly rooted in the Catholic tradition and the myths surrounding it, as well as issues of modern identity, stereotypic roles and models of masculinity. Her early installations from her student days already featured fetish objects associated with the oppression inherent in certain spheres of human activity (such as Entering Into The Possession Of A Mystery (1998) and Absolution (1999)). During the same period she created a series of photographs of a bitch (female dog) and her owner, reflecting a relationship based on violence and submission through waist-down images of the naked man and the bitch cringing at the sight of a leather belt (1999). Note: The lecture will be held in English.
Dorota Nieznalska (*1973) graduated from Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts (sculpture department) in 1999 and since 2010 she has studied as a PhD student. She produces installations, sculptures, photographs, videos and video installations. Between 1998 and 2000 she collaborated with Gdansk's Wyspa Gallery and Wyspa Progress Foundation. Since then she has taken part in numerous individual and group exhibitions in Poland and Europe.
Art & Church – The Guest_*Talks Series 2013
Part 2 of the lecture series of 'guest_*talks' continues the series held in autumn 2012/13 and carries on the theme of art and the church. In various lectures a subject is sounded out that, in the end, is as important as it is compelling. How does the historically evolved and significant relationship stand today between art and church, a relationship that is no longer a matter of course and has become in part problematic? On what current basis does an association exist between the church as an institution and a concrete site and art? And why—in view of the existing breaches in this relationship—are artists still ongoing in their interest in liturgical ceremonies, rituals and representational techniques? We are interested in the question of the meaning, the possibility and the function of contemporary art inside the church as well as within the liturgy. In addition, there is the phenomenon of so-called 'free churches' that, as partly worldwide denominations, have over the past years acted in an interventionist way in social and political spheres, i.e., places where, since the 1970s at the latest, art has also been active; these sometimes parareligious groups have launched representational forms that operate in a popcultural, aesthetic, as well as economist way. And vice versa, also of interest in this series is the church as a secularized site for parties and events and the ensuing dialectic relationship of stipulation and use, while in the meantime consecrated churches have recently become headline news when they operated as a platform for artistic actions.
Full informations:
Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche Zürich 4,
Stauffacherstrasse 54, 8004 Zürich.
The events are open to the public and entrance is gratis.

The bar opens at 6.30 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm. 
Events last 1½ hours.