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Posted on November 3, 2015
Trafo Center for Contemporary Art, 4 Świętego Ducha St. 70-205 Szczecin, Poland
November 29, 2015 - November 28, 2016
Opening Saturday, 28th Nov at 6 p.m.
ALICJA KWADE: NACH OSTEN
For her first ever solo institutional show in Poland, Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade moves outside the boundaries of the white cube and engages with the industrial space of TRAFO.
Unexhibited early video works and immersive light and sound installations present the artist's vision of an alternate world seen 'through a glass darkly' as Kwade's later sculptural work is classified within the context of its precursors for the first time. As the viewer traces a line over an oeuvre of 10 years, the purpose of Kwade's use of light as a medium becomes clear: to cast shadows. This interplay of video works, light and sound installations as well as site-specific sculpture interacts with the unique post-industrial architecture of TRAFO to create an atmosphere which both fascinates and unsettles as the artist plays with our preceptions of illusion and reality.
Alicja Kwade (born 1979 in Katowice, Poland) lives and works in Berlin, where she studied at the Universität der Künste from 1999 to 2005. Her interdisciplinary work uses ordinary objects such as mirrors, lamps, glass and stone to question the structure of reality by playing with mental perceptions and physical experiences of space and time. In creating elegant universes based on duplication and unexpected manipulations, Kwade approaches serious questions of science, societal constructs, and physicality in ways that cause the viewer to reevaluate their view of the purpose of the original object.
Recent solo exhibitions include Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2015), Public Art Fund, New York (2015), Kunsthalle Mannheim (2015), Kunsthalle Nurnberg (2015), Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt am Main (2015), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2014) and Haus Esters in Krefeld (2014). Her works have also been on display in numerous group exhibitions, such as in Mudam Luxembourg (2015), Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach (2014), Kunsthalle Wien (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013), Public Art Fund Exhibition at City Hall Park in New York City (2013), and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2012). Her works belong to several international private and public collections.
After-Party: Saturday, 28th November at 10:30 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, 29th November at 2 pm