Image courtesy the artists and Raster
Slavs and Tatars
Too Much Tłumacz
28 September – 10 November 2012
at Raster, Warsaw
A collective dedicated to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China, Slavs and Tatars often collide those things we consider opposites, or incompatible, be it Islam and Communism, metaphysics and humor, or pop culture and geopolitics. […] Presented in parallel to Beyonsense, their solo exhibition currently at the MoMA in NY, Too Much Tłumacz celebrates language in all its polyphonic glory, with original works in Polish, Persian, Russian, French and English. While texts feature prominently throughout the work, they work on several registers beyond the conventions of post-conceptualism, whether the analytical or affective, emotional or intellectual. [read the full text here]
Two weeks ago, M-KOS posted an interview with Raster, a Warsaw based contemporary art gallery. Most recently they organized the latest edition of their ongoing “Villa” project series. This edition, entitled “Villa Tokyo” took place in Kyobashi, downtown Tokyo. One of M-KOS’ correspondents sent on-location photos of the event, posted below. More can be viewed from Villa Tokyo’s Facebook page or Raster’s blog.
Performance by Prinz Gholam, presented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris
Michal Kaczynsk (left) and Łukasz Gorczyca (right) at Raster’s booth at Frieze Art Fair 2011
Raster is an independent art space based in Warsaw, Poland, founded by art critics Łukasz Gorczyca and Michal Kaczynsk. Originally started as a magazine, Raster has since evolved into a gallery space and is generally seen as a provider of contemporary art culture, not only for the local Warsaw scene in Poland, but also internationally. Their project “Villa Raster” for example, provides an innovative platform for sharing cultural experiences and exchanging ideas. M-KOS interviewed Gorczyca and Kaczynsk at this year’s Frieze Art Fair.
M-KOS [MK]: How did you start Raster?
Raster [R]: The name Raster originally came from the magazine, a kind of informal magazine we used to publish when we were art history students at University of Warsaw. The idea of the magazine was to promote young generations of artists and writers. So we started doing the magazine to understand how the contemporary art scene works and how to promote new generations and new ways of understanding art in Poland. So the magazine was pretty much focusing on the questions of language, how we could develop the language of criticism to be understandable for the wider and younger audience.