We've remained strangers to each other. That is why we have this constant yearning for normality. What do we know about our neighbors? Are there conflicts? How does each of us reconcile himself with his background? What interests Poles and Germans about each other?
An exhibition titled 'Polish! Contemporary Art from Poland', which revolves around certain ideas of unquestioned traditions and patriotic wishful thinking, accepts the risk of failure. All over the world, religious identities are intensifying. Beyond that, processes of societal transformation outside of Europe are stimulating the formation of national identity, which in turn has effects on societal developments within Europe.
The artists of this exhibition are cosmopolitan and reflect what is not self-evident about their own identities. Instead of social-scientific generalities, what awaits us in the exhibition are objects, video installations, and paintings in which artists with wit and intelligence explore constructions of identity on the one hand and traumatic denials of identity on the other.
The following publications have already appeared in the book trade to parallel the exhibition:
Polish! Contemporary Art from Poland, edited by the ZAK BRANICKA Foundation (Berlin), with a foreword by Anda Rottenberg and contributions from 29 authors on the work of 37 Polish artists. Concept: Monika Branicka and Asia Zak, published in 2011 in German and English editions in Hatje Cantz Verlag.