Partial installation view: office desk, flyer wall, and large-scale photo prints
endless production of inkjet prints of rubble
Display case with souvenir of the Berlin Wall purchased on Ebay, inket prints, and rubble sourced from a Soviety-era hospital nearby.
Prototypes for Bytom rubble books
Prototypes for Bytom rubble books inserted into the Kronika Contemporary Art Center's bookstore
The Messenger, fully black-printed inket flyer
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Solo and collaborative projects with Piotr Bujak, Kronika Center for Contemporary Art, Bytom, Poland, July 1-31. Includes installation, workspace, flyer wall, photo prints, laserjet prints of found rubble, false and actual rubble from the Berlin Wall.
Comprising a fluid selection of both individual and collaborative projects, Dirty Works brought together two artists responding to the conditions of Bytom, Poland -- a crumbling industrial city located an hour and a half outside of Krakow in Poland's Upper Silesia area. Using photographs of local rubble and decaying bits of buildings, Bujak and Syjuco created a simulated work station of what appeared to be an office production of rubble documents: laserjet prints that seem to be endlessly producing yet more detritus.
In thinking on the post-communist condition of Poland and it's rise towards inclusion in the European Union and economic reconditioning, the artists examine what can at times get forgotten or even left behind: the margins of both architecture and society in the rush towards a new capitalist state. Dirty Works is a meditation on both documented change and the overlooked, the ad hoc office space functioning as a metaphor for beaurocratic production and dissemination.
Included in the exhibition is a reconfigured selection of Syjuco's FREE TEXTS project, modified to display a selection of texts pointing to Eastern European economies and cultural change, as well as Bujak's large format photo prints of Bytom graffiti and public "messages." To one side, displayed on a platform, were souvenirs of the Berlin Wall purchased by Syjuco from ebay, representing the promise of a new world economic order, mingling with large chunks of rubble sourced from a Soviet-era hospital that was being torn down a few blocks away.
Sponsored and produced by a one month residency at Kronika Center for Contemporary Art, Bytom, Poland. Curated by Stanislaw Ruksza.
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