Rut Blees Luxemburg
Brown & Bri
Alexander Garcia Duttmann
Assume Vivid Astro Focus
Bob & Roberta Smith
Bruce High Quality Foundation
The Otolith Group
Jane & Louise Wilson
The artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin are the external curators of the 2011 edition of Krakow Photomonth in Poland, this year entitled Alias. Photomonth is one of Poland's largest visual arts events and one of the leading European festivals of photography. Comprising over fifty exhibitions and accompanying events. For the 2011 edition, Broomberg and Chanarin have invited artists and writers to collaborate in pairs to create a fictive third persona.
Photomonth is one of Poland's largest visual arts events and one of the leading European festivals of photography. Comprising over fifty exhibitions and accompanying events. For the 2011 edition, Broomberg and Chanarin have invited artists and writers to collaborate in pairs to create a fictive third persona.
Participating artists include Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili and Andro Wekua, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Lisa Brice, Polly Braden, Michael Chanarin, Celine Condorelli, Jeremy Deller, Godfried Donkor, Roe Etheridge, Beatrice Gibson, David Gill, Johan Grimonprez, David Goldblatt, Marine Hugonnier, Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Elizabeth McAlpine, Gabriel Orozco, Max Pinckers, Janek Simon, Alec Soth, Clare Strand and Gordon MacDonald. Writers include Brown & Bri, David Campany, Clare Carolin, Brian Dillon, Alexander Garcia Düttmann, Ekow Eshun, Łukasz Gorczyca i Łukasz Ronduda, Avery Gordon, John Haskell, Jennifer Higgie, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Chris Mullen, Fernando Pessoa, Ella Saltmarshe, Gemma Sieff, Karolina Sulej, Lynne Tillman, Sean O'Toole, Helen deWitt, Ivan Vladislavic, Brad Zellar.
Alias also features an incomplete survey show of invented artists at The Bunkier Sztuki Museum of Contemporary Art. Works created by fictional others, spurious institutions, anonymous collectives and artists who have decided to inhabit an alternative version of themselves including Alex Bag, Ane Lan, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Barbara Hammer, Blinky Palermo, Bob & Roberta Smith, Brian O'Doherty, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Christian Jankowski, Claire Fontain, Joe Scanlan, Marcel Duchamp, Gillian Wearing, Jamie Shovlin, Kalup Linzy, Katarina Burin, Kkarlheinz Weinberger, Leila Hekmat, Man Ray, The Otolith Group, Reena Spaulings, Roee Rosen, Roni Horn, Ryan Trecartin, Salvador Dali, Shumon Basar, Eyal Weizman, Jane & Louise Wilson, Simon Fujiwara, Sophie Calle, Trisha Baga, Walid Raad, William Kentridge and Zbigniew Libera.
Paradise Row are proud to support the artist duo Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin in their role as external curators of the 2011 edition of Kraków Photomonth in Poland, this year entitled ALIAS.
Could it think, the heart would stop beating.
Twenty-three writers (of fiction, fact and medical history) were each commissioned to create a text describing an invented persona, which was then assigned to a visual artist to inhabit. The work that accompanies these texts is the result of each individual artist’s residency in their fictitious character.
It’s an experiment that was set up to fail, because it shouldn’t be that easy to stop being yourself; to break with your own particular political and ethical concerns. Yet most of the artists we approached bravely took up the challenge.
‘We never disembark from ourselves,’ complained the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa in The Book of Disquiet. We wanted to give our contributors the chance to do precisely this: to disembark.
The Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño’s fictional anthology, Nazi Literature in The Americas, showed just how helpful the fictitious persona could be when exploring moral and political territory too terrifying to explore honestly in our own skin.
Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, April 2011
P.S. Bob Dylan plays a character called Alias in the film Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, but he doesn’t say much.
For further information, including practical information for visiting, please visit the website for Photomonth in Kraków 2011.
Opening weekend: 13 - 15 May 2011
Differents venues, Krakov