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07 Jun 2009

ArtBoom - Festival of Visual Arts in Krakow



12.06 - 22.06 2009

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The ArtBoom Festival of art in the urban space will focus the audience's attention on the best achievements of visual arts which will be presented in Krakow's urban space – once a year in June.

ArtBoom is fully dedicated to up-to-date art. It is to point Krakow out as a place of vibrant artistic dialogue where new values are established and where art is created before our eyes. The festival is a platform for meeting the latest and most valuable manifestations of Polish art with art from all over the world. A large emphasis is also applied to the presentation of most talented Polish artists. ArtBoom presents the creative output of artists involved in various media such as painting, performances, installations, objects, videos. It also includes activities of a social nature.

The theme of the Festival's first edition will be the City of Krakow itself – through their productions, interventions, and presence the artists will provoke a reflection on the position of art, they will make a peculiar diagnosis. The stimulus is Krakow: the city of culture, transformed by scores of cultural activities not necessarily related to and associated with contemporary art. A non-homogenous organism which may, but does not have to absorb, accept, grant polite interest. Crossing boundaries publicly, in a generally accessible manner each time entails the risk of being found provocative, unjustified.

The festival's first edition will comprise the production of works of artists freely moving within the public space, artists whose art corresponds with and refers to the encountered reality. It covers a score of manifestations: actions of a conceptual nature, a social commentary, ironic intervention, activities with their roots in street-art. Artists' strategies take direct confrontation with the public into account.

The list of artists invited to participate in the first edition includes:
Pipilotti Rist, Roman Signer, Erwin Wurm, Pawel Althamer, Miroslaw Balka, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Brad Downey, Paul Slocum, Joanna Rajkowska, Teresa Murak, Rafal Bujnowski, Grzegorz Sztwiertnia, Jadwiga Sawicka, Karolina Kowalska, Twozywo, Rahim Blak, Norman Leto, Julian Tomaszuk, Zevs

ArtBoom Festival 12-22/06/2009

Organisers: East of Art Foundation, Krakow Festival Office

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