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Prague: Czech Pope
February 5, 2014 - March 16, 2014
Ewa Axelrad (PL), Ada Karczmarczyk (PL), Bartosz Kokosiński (PL), Mateusz Okoński (PL), Kuba Woynarowski (PL)
exhibition duration: 5. 2. – 16. 3. 2014
A Czech Pope! Is it a mistake? A joke? A slip of the tongue! An irrational misunderstanding stemming from bringing together the head of the Catholic Church with Europe’s most unreligious nation. A classic Central European absurdity pronounced with a dead serious facial expression. On your knees! Lie prostrate and sing litanies! Oh, Czech nation, put the highest patriarch on you Hussite-laic throne! Given by your Slavic brothers, The Czech Pope!
Five young Polish artists, Ewa Axelrad, Ada Kaczmarczyk, Bartosz Kokosiński, Mateusz Okoński and Jakub Woynarowski address the motifs of faith, religiousness and their obedient daughters: spiritualism and occultism. They look at sacrum with a critical eye. They dismiss hypocrisy typical for priests’ gibberish, yet they avoid taking sides with the mediocre leftist critique. The fact of taking up the topic of religion can be explained in several ways; from reacting to the Polish marriage with Catholicism, through a tradition of supporting arts by the Church, to the attractiveness of spiritualist motifs discussed by Nicolas Bourriaud in “Relational Aesthetics”. This time it is the viewer’s job to discover the meaning. What, then, will Czech people do with the Czech Pope? Perhaps, going against the well-known saying, will they announce him a prophet?
curators: Piotr Sikora, Piotr Zdybał