The Hidden Decade - Polish Video Art 1985-1995
Piotr Krajewski/ Violetta Kutlubasis-Krajewska
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Genre: Video Art
Length: 428 min
TV System: Pal
Extras: Bilingual (Polish/ English) Catalogue - 336 pp.
Label: WRO ART Center
The Hidden Decade is a selection of works that are crucial to the history of Polish video art. The ten-year period from 1985 to 1995 was a remarkable era in Polish art: an era when new artistic approaches were taking shape – an era full of social, political and cultural transformation. It started with dissent against the realities of Communist Poland, especially after the repressive martial-law period; it lead to the emergence of a forerunner of the art scene as we know it today. It started with individual explorations by a few scattered artists using a new medium – the electronic image – outside the boundaries of the established art institutions of their day; it ended with video art being recognized as a major field of contemporary fine arts.
The seriously flawed, unstable, static-ridden electronic technology available in the 1980s made video a startlingly appropriate medium for conveying a sense of what Poland was like in that era: The quality of the images accurately reflects not only the repressive obsoletism and enforced ordinariness of the period following martial law, but also the energy of the protest movement and the social ideals of the alternative activities taking place. This is particularly clear in video works that capture everyday life in combination with the artists’ avant-garde activities.
Video art from this period is remarkable for the rapid changes it goes through, the strongly-defined attitudes it represents, and the combination of extreme individualism with the formation of alternative communities.The Hidden Decade includes works from the formative years of videoperformance, as well as collective works created by artistic microcosms. Private personal reflections and explorations of the body are juxtaposed with artistic provocations carried out in urban space. Experiments in image processing are accompanied by the plainest possible representations of the surrounding reality. There is evident dissent against propaganda in the media – not only against the political propaganda of the Communist period, but also against capitalist-era consumerist pressures.
Piotr Krajewski, Lukasz Ronduda, Jolanta Ciesielska, Maria Anna Potocka, Wojciech Kozłowski, Igor Stokfiszewski, Dorota Monkiewicz, Zbigniew Libera
Adam Abel, Arkadiusz Bagiński, Piotr Bikont, Jan Brzuszek, Witosław Czerwonka, Marta Deskur, Andrzej Dudek-Dürer, Jacek Felcyn, Izabella Gustowska, Marek Jabłoński, Anna Janczyszyn, Marek Janiak, Robert Jurkowski, Jarosław Kapuściński, Mirosław E. Koch, Piotr Komarnicki, Barbara Konopka, Janek Koza, Katarzyna Kozyra, Igor Krenz, Witold Krymarys, Paweł Kwaśniewski, Andrzej Kwietniewski, Zbigniew Libera, Łódź Kaliska, Łyżka Czyli Chilli, Wojciech Majewski, Barbara Maroń, Antoni Mikołajczyk, Yach Paszkiewicz, Grupa Piniszczy, Józef Robakowski, Mirosław Rogala, Zygmunt Rytka, Adam Rzepecki, Krzysztof Skarbek, Eugeniusz Szczudło, Jacek Szleszyński, Maciej Toporowicz, Jerzy Truszkowski, Andrzej K. Urbański, Maciej Walczak, Marek Wasilewski, Wspólnota Leeeżeć, Artur Tajber, Paweł Więckowiak, Wojciech M. Wójcik, Piotr Wyrzykowski, Wojciech Zamiara, Grzegorz Zygier, Alicja Żebrowska