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"It hurts when I laugh"
05.07.2019 - 14.09.2019
Martyna Czech, Leszek Knaflewski "We have nothing in common"
25.05.2019 - 30.06.2019
FOAF 2019: BWA Warszawa hosting Gianni Manhattan (Vienna) + Kristina Kite (LA)
06.04.2019 - 11.05.2019
Witek Orski "I would prefer not to talk about this"
14.02.2019 - 30.03.2019
Between Salvation and Constitution
11.11.2018 - 05.01.2019
WGW 2018: Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Jan Dobkowski, Zuza Krajewska "Goddesses"
21.09.2018 - 27.10.2018
Jadwiga Sawicka "Protest Reflex"
23.06.2018 - 31.07.2018
Ewa Ciepielewska "Emotional Support Animals"
12.05.2018 - 16.06.2018
FOAF: Jiří Thýn, Piotr Makowski, Witek Orski, "Line"
07.04.2018 - 28.04.2018
Adam Adach "Demos and Demons"
03.03.2018 - 04.04.2018
Agnieszka Kalinowska "Heavy Water"
27.01.2018 - 28.02.2018
WGW 2017: Yann Gerstberger, Sławomir Pawszak, Hanna Rechowicz "The Uses of Enchantment"
22.09.2017 - 25.11.2017
WGW2017: WYKWITEX
22.09.2017 - 24.09.2017
"Living in a Material World" Paweł Dudziak, Adrian Kolerski, Michał Sroka, Eliasz Styrna, Katarzyna Szymkiewicz
02.09.2017 - 16.09.2017
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz "Stretching of Concepts"
27.05.2017 - 29.07.2017
Ruben Montini "One Person Protest"
27.05.2017 - 27.05.2017
Wielka 19 Gallery
04.03.2017 - 06.05.2017
THE DYNAMICS OF DECLINE
28.01.2017 - 25.02.2017
Witek Orski & Maria Toboła "Spinning sex"
17.12.2016 - 14.01.2017
WGW 2016: Karol Radziszewski "Ali" BWA Warszawa
23.09.2016 - 19.11.2016
Small Sculptural Forms
19.06.2016 - 10.09.2016
Sławomir Pawszak "Heat"
12.03.2016 - 28.05.2016
Krzysztof Maniak "Snow Is What Comes To Mind"
06.02.2016 - 05.03.2016
Lada Nakonechna, Zhanna Kadyrova "Experiments"
05.12.2015 - 30.01.2016
WGW 2015: Ewa Axelrad "Minimum, Necessary, Objectively Reasonable"
25.09.2015 - 21.11.2015
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz "Postproduction"
26.06.2015 - 12.09.2015
Joanna Janiak, Piotr C. Kowalski "The Nature of Things"
25.04.2015 - 13.06.2015
Iza Tarasewicz "Reverse Logistics"
14.02.2015 - 19.04.2015
Karol Radziszewski "In the Shadow of the Flame"
29.11.2014 - 04.02.2015
WGW: Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre, Nicolas Grospierre "A Glass Shard in the Eye"
26.09.2014 - 22.11.2014
Jadwiga Sawicka "Fragments of Stories"
24.05.2014 - 24.07.2014
Jakub Woynarowski "Saturnia Regna"
15.03.2014 - 17.05.2014
Sławomir Pawszak „Cannabis, whisky, ananas”
11.01.2014 - 08.03.2014
The Gardens. Laura Kaminskaite, Augustas Serapinas
23.11.2013 - 19.12.2013
Agnieszka Kalinowska "Eastern Wall"
27.09.2013 - 16.11.2013
Zuza Krajewska "Solstice"
29.06.2013 - 14.09.2013
WITHERED, Kisterem Gallery, Budapest
21.06.2013 - 15.08.2013
LITTLE WARSAW "Enter"
25.04.2013 - 21.06.2013
“Warsaw: The Day After..." Vartai Gallery, Vilnius
11.04.2013 - 11.05.2013
Self-Organization, vol.2: New Roman
23.03.2013 - 20.04.2013
Ewa Axelrad "Warm Leatherette"
26.01.2013 - 20.03.2013
Self-Organization, vol. 1. Certainty
05.01.2013 - 19.01.2013
Ziemilski / Marriott / The End of the World
21.12.2012 - 21.12.2012
Kama Sokolnicka "Rusty elements of our garden"
28.09.2012 - 30.11.2012
"ALPHAVILLE" Griffin Artspace, Warsaw
28.09.2012 - 30.12.2012
Krystian TRUTH Czaplicki "The Changeling"
21.07.2012 - 09.08.2012
Adam Adach "Reprezentacja"
21.04.2012 - 07.07.2012
Małgorzata Szymankiewicz, Przemek Dzienis "Sub Pop"
25.02.2012 - 14.04.2012
Nicolas Grospierre "The Bank"
03.12.2011 - 11.02.2012
Tribute To Fangor
05.11.2011 - 20.11.2011
"New Order", Art Stations, Poznań
29.09.2011 - 09.02.2012
Wojtek Ziemilski "New Order" performance
23.09.2011 - 24.09.2011
Agnieszka Kalinowska „Extinguished Neon Signs”
10.09.2011 - 30.10.2011
Jarosław Fliciński "Nobody Knows That For Sure"
25.06.2011 - 28.08.2011
THE OPENING "Plundering the Ruins of Reality"
07.05.2011 - 11.06.2011

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WGW 2016: Karol Radziszewski "Ali"

In 2014 Karol Radziszewski presented a series of portraits of Ryszard Cieślak as part of the exhibition "In the Shadow of the Flame" at BWA Warszawa. A portrait of the most celebrated actor of the Jerzy Grotowski’s theatre is replicated as a Warholesque screenprint. In 2015 the artist began his “Ali” project, based around the sole Black participant of the Warsaw Uprising of World War 2 -August Agbola O’Brown. For this work, Radziszewski made a direct reference to the aesthetics of Pablo Picasso.

Karol Radziszewski in conversation with Justyna Kowalska and Michał Suchora of BWA Warszawa

Justyna Kowalska and Michał Suchora: “Ali” is a series inspired by the figure of August Agbola O’Brown, a Nigerian who fought in the Warsaw Uprising. What do we know about him?

Karol Radziszewski: He was born in Nigeria in 1895. He arrived in Warsaw in 1922. He was a jazz musician – he played the drums in some of Warsaw’s best venues. In September 1939 he took an active part in defending the Polish capital. During the German occupation he distributed the underground press and helped those who were in hiding, while making a living selling electrical equipment. He fought in the Warsaw Uprising, going by the nickname “Ali” and serving in the “Iwo” battalion in the South-Central district of the city. In 1949 he began working for the Culture and Arts Department of the Municipal Board of Warsaw. By the end of the 1940s and in the 1950s he returned to the stages of Warsaw. In the late 1950s he moved to the United Kingdom.

This isn’t the first time you’re taking up the subject of the Warsaw Uprising.

I made an attempt to tackle it a few years ago, when the Warsaw Uprising Museum invited me to create a mural for them. Unfortunately, the project was rejected and the whole thing ended up in a pointless scandal. The narrative around this subject continues to be quite one-dimensional and cemented in its perspective.

The painterly style of the “Ali” portraits refer to Pablo Picasso and his fascination with African culture. Why did you choose this aesthetic?

In Poland there is hardly any kind of Black imagery. We have a few sculptures, such as the “Head of a Negro” by Olga Niewska. In painting it’s a rare subject. Picasso, on the one hand, appropriated traditional African art, and on the other, he served as its greatest promoter and drove it into the realm of what is considered “high art”. His visit to post-war Warsaw in 1948 adds another layer of context.

You weren’t afraid of accusations that you had “tropicalized” the figure of Ali?

Any depiction of the “other” is tired to the risk of exoticizing that individual. This is quite an unusual story, but it is a true one. I did my best to find the right form for it.

This is another instance of your taking on another artist’s aesthetic strategy. Warhol, Picasso, Natalia LL, Grotowski, Krasiński… How do you go about making such choices?

My choices are very subjective, what is key is a shift in context. Paraphrasing the aesthetics of a particular artist is an impetus for changing the perspective on established visual codes and history itself.

Karol Radziszewski (born 1980), filmmaker, photographer, installation artist and interdisciplinary artist. Publisher and Editor-in-chief ofqueer-oriented “DIK Fagazine”. Founder of the “Queer Archives Institute”. Winner of Polityka magazine’s Passport award (2009). His works have been exhibited at the Zachęta National Gallery (Warsaw), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw), Muzeum Sztuki in Lódź, Kunsthalle Wien, New Museum (New York), VideoBrasil (Sao Paulo), Cobra Museum (Amsterdam). He has taken part in the 13th PERFORMA biennial in New York , 7th Göteborg Biennale, 4th Prague Biennale, New York Photo Festival (2009) and the 15th WRO Media Art Biennial in Wroclaw.