Calvert22 is delighted to announce Distance and Sensibility, featuring work by Pavel
Büchler, Ergin Çavusoglu, Margarita Gluzberg, Marysia Lewandowska and Lily Markiewicz
and curated by David Thorp. Each of the five artists taking part in Distance and Sensibility
originates from a different part of Eastern Europe and they have each, for different
reasons, decided to settle in the UK.
The spread of people around the globe has proved fertile ground for artists both as
individuals as well as collectively. Frequently the focus in the West is on the Asian or
African Diasporas but the largest dispersion of peoples around the world after the Chinese
originates in Poland. Distance and Sensibility will seek to examine the sensibility that such
movement has engendered in the work of these artists, whose roots lie in Eastern Europe.
Czech-born Pavel Büchler seeks to examine the way art has the ability to alter perceptions
of seemingly ordinary objects and events. Ergin Çavuşoğlu, originally from Bulgaria,
creates complex video installations exploring themes of transition, migration, globalisation
and belonging. Through her work in performance, sound installation, painting and largescale
drawings Russian artist Margarita Gluzberg weaves together the themes of
consumer culture, fashion, sport, Romanticism and desire. Polish-born Marysia
Lewandowska places an emphasis on research, creating works that deconstruct and
question social practices through film and sound installation. German-born artist Lily
Markiewicz explores displacement, language and territory through the media of video,
photography and sound. She seeks to depict everyday, domestic images that can be
read as simultaneously familiar and foreign to the viewer.
The exhibition acknowledges that there is much more to the production of art than
concerns with individual identity and considers the work of these artists as part of the
global phenomenon that is contemporary art. The exhibition does not seek to address the
position of the migrant from a sentimental or nostalgic point of view or as an extension of
the notion of the “other”. It instead invites the audience to reflect upon how the
sensibilities that led to the production of these works were formed.