Xavery Wolski’s work is characterized by the fetishizing of obscenity which functions as a means of testing the workings of the norm-making mechanism and cultural perception – or what Mary Douglas terms social filtering. For Douglas human focus on the dirt is automatically connected to the risk of opposing the established cultural and ethical norms. Wolski believes that all senses of perception are significant in the reception of culture as theory, since they constitute a part of the primal mechanism of human cultural perception and, therefore, are capable of transformation.
Xavery Wolski (born in 1988, Aix-en-Provence, France) lives and works in Krakow, Poland, studying at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. He co-authored the installation Pasta on the roof of the former railway station, PKP Powiśle in Warsaw and the exhibition of Spirala Grupa NGC 5474. The Wild Blue Yonder at the Contemporary Art Gallery Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow. He participated in Agnieszka Klepacka’s group exhibition The Importance of Dust in the Botanical Garden Museum in Kraków. His and Hubert Gromny’s project Let’s trim our hair in accordance with lifestyle won the national competition at Grolsch ArtBoom Festival. In 2014, he was the winner of National Competition for Fine Arts Students – Hestia Artistic Journey.
Residents from Poland
Natasa Kokic’s recent works are inspired by nature and its symbolism in contemporary culture. Her drawings show fictional landscapes, devoid of any visible impact left by people, with indeterminate seasons or times of day. She focuses on the notion of inner landscape, the place we all carry inside of us. It is a place where everything starts and ends and its shape depends on our social circumstances, the places where we grew up and people around us. Her latest series of charcoal drawings use images from the history and science. Here Kokic is trying to tell a slightly different story where man-made landscapes, asteroids and computers have their own separate lives and meanings, but connect with one another through the same background, coming from the same place.
Natasa Kokic (born 1979, Belgrade, Serbia) is currently completing her PhD studies in Belgrade. Recent shows include 47th October salon: Life, art and confusion, Belgrade; Ny Serbisk Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; Restoration, Cultural Center of Belgrade; Strength in us, European Centre for Culture and Debate GRAD, Belgrade; Supermarket, Stockholm Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stokholm, Sweden; NordArt 2012, Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany; Nothing comes from isolation, Tegnerforbundet Oslo, Norway; Edge of the Map, Cultural Centre of Belgrade and I’m so full of rocks, I can hardly move, Remont Gallery, Belgrade.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Serbia
Dominik Lang (born 1980, Prague, Czech Republic) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2008. Lang represented the Czech Republic at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture with his large-scale installation Sleeping City and was awarded the Jindrich Chalupecký Award for Young Artists in 2013. He is currently co-chair of the Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design sculpture studio. Recent exhibitions include Expanded Anxiety, Wiener Secession Building, 2013; Wasteland, in collaboration with Eva Kotatkova, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2013; Walking Through the Wall, Ceske Budejovice House of Art, 2013; Sleeping City, Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil, 2014. He also has two current solo exhibitions: Jindrich Chalupecky Award: Dominik Lang, Czech Center, New York and a large-scale installation at the Prague National Gallery at the Veletrzni Palace.