Daring to Act: Art-working on Past and Present / Yael Bartana, “JRMiP”, 2012

A documentation of the first congress of The Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a political art endeavor in which international delegates discussed the goals of the movement. The idea behind the congress was to provide a platform for the “political imagination” to flourish, to collectively imagine a new future, and to formulate the demands of the political art movement. Today, five years after the Congress, we will be discussing its premises and the problems it has raised in a dramatically changed political context.

About artist:

YAEL BARTANA (1970) – is an Israeli visual artist working in film, installation and photography. She concentrates on “the imagery of identity and the politics of memory” (http://yaelbartana.com/). One of her best known projects is the And Europe Will Be Stunned film trilogy, presented in the Polish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

About hosts:

ROMA SENDYKA – is associate Professor at the Center for Literary and Cultural Anthropology Studies, Jagiellonian University. She is head of the Research Center for Memory Cultures. Her specialties are visual culture studies, criticism, and theory (the affective turn, memory studies, cultural analysis). She works on relationships between images, sites and memory, and is currently developing a project on non-sites of memory in Central and Eastern Europe. https://sites.google.com/site/romasendyka/home

SEBASTIAN CICHOCKI (1975) – is a curator, writer, and critic. He works at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Among numerous other shows, he co-curated (with Galit Eliat) Yael Bartana… and Europe Will Be Stunned at the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial, and co-edited the Cookbook for Political Imagination (2011). He is the author of critical texts and art-related literary fictions, published in Artforum, Cabinet, and Camera Austria, to name only a few.


upcoming events


12 December (Tuesday), 6 pm

Sława Harasymowicz, “Reel Static. Looking into Family Frames”

Conversation: Gabriela Sułkowska


Project organizer: Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR)

Partners: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art (Krakow), Kunst und Medientechnologie (Karlsruhe), Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella), University of Jyväskylä, kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga)

Associated Partners: Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), Tretyakov State Gallery (Moscow), ROSIZO Gallery (Moscow), Austrian Cultural Forum / Embassy of Austria in Moscow

Cooperation: View. Foundation of Visual Culture

Curators: Katarzyna Bojarska (in collaboration with Iwona Kurz)

Location: Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art

Free admission

The project is co-funded from the “Creative Europe” Programme of the European Union