The Unleashed Forces. Angelika Markul and Contemporary Demonism
ms1, 36 Więckowskiego St
6th September 2013 – 10th November 2013
Radiation-contaminated zone in Chernobyl, a Martian landscape of the Atacama desert in Chile, Fukushima destroyed by the tsunami wave have become places where Angelika Markul finds signs of uncontrollable forces at work. They sometimes are of unknown origin but more frequently – the result of human error or side effects of human actions. These forces influence our world usually with destructive power. That is why they evoke terror and are seen as demonic.
Angelika Markul locates these destructive, untamable forces outside the cultural categories of good and evil but simultaneously recognizes their irresistible magnetism. Yielding to them bit by bit she shows us or even strengthens contemporary demonism to manifest itself in the mixture of fascination and anxiety.
Paintings, sculptures, installations and videos made by the artist will be arranged in a way that evokes a terrifying experience. The exhibition will not only be a reflection on the untamable forces of nature but will evoke them itself.
Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź will present the newest never-before-shown works of the artist including Bambi in Chernobyl awarded the Prix SAM 2012 which will also be shown at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The work was based on the video material recorded during the artist’s journey to the „ground zero” at the Chernobyl power plant. The presented works will as include those made as a result of Angelika Markul’s stay in Atacama and Fukushima.
Born in 1977 in Szczecin, Angelika Markul lives and works in Malakoff, close to the centre of Paris. Her first solo show in Poland, "A Fly's Dream", was held at the Foksal Gallery in June 2006. At the same time, she is intensely active in the international contemporary art world.
She will participate in the next edition of Performa in 2013 in New York, USA. The most important solo ventures that she has undertaken in Poland include "Clarté Souterraine", Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2007), and "New Moon", CCA Znaki Czasu, Toruń (2009), as well has her most recent shows at the "Labyrinth" Gallery in Lublin and "The Hunt" at the Arsenal Gallery in Białystok (2012). In 2013 she presented "Monumental Installation" in Domaine départamentale de Chamarande.
She has also shown her works in numerous group exhibitions, such as "Postmodernity and Eternal Life", Galeria Miejska Arsenał (the Arsenał City Gallery), Poznań (2007), "The Memory of This Moment, from the Distance of Years", Schindler's Factory, Kraków (2007), "Iceberg", a sculpture-performance for the opening of CCA Znaki Czasu, Toruń (2008), Freedom from Profit, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa (2009) "Follow the White Rabbit", Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków (2010) and Focus Łódź Biennale (2010). Her works have been seen in both group and solo shows at numerous exhibitions in Paris and elsewhere in France, in a great many important arts institutions in other countries, including Germany (Berlin, Dortmund), Italy (Turin, Venice) and Switzerland (Lucerne, Lugano) as well as in London, Madrid, Trondheim, Montreal and Yokohama.
Curator: Jarosław Lubiak