no format Gallery
29 Rolt Street
14th November to 18th November 2018
PV: 13th November 6pm – 9pm
I was very lucky to be invited by two amazing woman – Alicja Kaczmarek director of Centrala Gallery in Birmingham and artist Alicja Rogalska to join their research trip to the Caucasus region earlier this year. Even luckier when I received a-n development bursary to cover some of the travel expenses.
I didn’t anticipate how impactful that expedition would be on my work. We visited Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. We met people from the local art scene – artists, art organizations, curators.
I was introduced to many creative Art institutions and representatives in the region. It gave me a chance to meet face to face with some artists. We visited their studios and project spaces, enabling me to gain a deeper understanding of their processes and also a chance to form long lasting cooperative relationships. There is a potential for engagement and collaborations. The artists from the region will be invited to Birmingham for residency’s and I will have opportunity to work with them. I’m also planning to return to the Caucasus for a residency, this time focusing on specific locations.
In a limited time (10 days) I gathered material for further research, and also for new body of work. There is so much to show and tell that I’ve decided to organize an exhibition of my painted notes to summarize the whole experience. I hope some of you will be able to see it.
The exhibition is happening at no format gallery in Deptford, London. 14 – 18 November 1-6pm or by appointment email@example.com, PV 13th November 6 – 9pm, there will be also an artist talk on Saturday the 17th from 2-4pm. I will be presenting new paintings and a video work.
In future entries I will be revealing more details about my trip, the places and people I’ve meet there. Political and cultural context is very important, viewed from my short exposure – probably very subjective. It’s hard not to feel conflict alive under the skin of stunning landscapes and glossy facades. I will also focus on themes that I’ve chosen for my work and reasons behind them.