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28 Apr 2015

Gender in Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK

Piotr Wysocki, Aldona, 2006/2012, video, 26 min, courtesy of P. Wysocki

Gender in Art
Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow


Opening: 14 May 2015 15 May–27 September 2015 Tue-Sun 11 am - 7 pm


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Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK
4 Lipowa St
30-702 Cracow

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The Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow would like to invite you to the opening:

• Gender in Art
• Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz
• MOCAK Collection
• Andy Warhol Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century
• Lighting Studio
• Krakow Photomonth Festival: Indrė Šerpytytė, 1944–1991

Thursday, 14 May 2015, 6 pm
4 Lipowa St, Krakow, Poland

Gender in Art
Curators: Delfina Jałowik, Monika Kozioł, Maria Anna Potocka
Opening: 14 May 2015
The exhibition will run: 15 May–27 September 2015

Gender is socially constructed sex. Gender studies examine the way history and culture determine sex. Who a man or a woman is in a given world largely depends on the one who manipulates these images. For centuries the conception of gender has remained in the hands of religions, which have imposed ʻproperʼ social roles on the representatives of different sexes. This has been going for so long that it has come to be seen by many as the law of nature. A vast majority of religions have reduced woman to the role of the weaker, more stupid and subordinate sex. To many people this still seems to be ʻnaturalʼ. Currently we are trying to understand the mechanisms behind this manipulation and lead to a situation in which full dignity and equal rights of all genders would be secured. We endeavour to arrive at a point where gender would cease to be an ideological construct and become man's individual decision that is closest to their sense of identity. The exhibition at MOCAK fits in with the field of these reflections, studies and claims.

Gender in Art
is another project in MOCAK's series that confronts significant civilisational themes with artist's interpretation. The international exhibition will feature works of about forty artists.The accompanying publication, beside documenting the exhibition, will be a collection of essays which will present the issue from different perspectives.

Artists: Marina Abramović & Ulay, Ane Lan, Florian Aschka, Maja Bajevic, Vanessa Beecroft, Piotr Blamowski, Judy Chicago, Gustave Courbet, Bolesław Cybis, Edward Dwurnik, EVA & ADELE, Andrea Fraser, Katarzyna Górna, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Debora Hirsch & Iaia Filiberti, Bartek Jarmoliński, Olga Kisseleva, Jürgen Klauke, Katarzyna Kozyra, Lidia Krawczyk & Wojtek Kubiak, Zbigniew Libera, Lubri, Łódź Kaliska, Małgorzata Markiewicz, Natalia LL, Paloma Navares, Shirin Neshat, Dorota Nieznalska, Marina Núñez, Maciej Osika, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Krystyna Piotrowska, Roee Rosen, Martha Rosler, Daniel Rumiancew, Adam Rzepecki, Jadwiga Sawicka, Miri Segal, Annegret Soltau, Jana Sterbak, VALIE EXPORT, Peter Weibel, Piotr Wysocki

Details about the rest of the exhibitions are available here