CASTING CALL Looking for the Body

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© Courtesy of the artist & Family Business Gallery
CASTING CALL Looking for the Body

520 West 21st Street
New York, New York 10011
May 29th, 2012 - June 2nd, 2012
Opening: May 31st, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM



Kozyra really pushes herself, exploring her own identity - fluid and malleable, feminine and masculine - and what she is capable of. -Gregory Volk, Art In America


Katarzyna Kozyra - one of Poland's most celebrated contemporary artists - is looking for "Kozyra" and invites everyone to try out. For two days, at Maurizio Catellan and Masimiliano Gioni's new project space, Family Business, the artist and her film crew from New York's Bunker Media production studio will be conducting a casting call, recording the performances of the contenders for the leading role in her upcoming autobiographical film. She calls this project - a subversive attempt to reverse the roles of artist and audience - Casting Call.

Casting Call originated in 2010 at Warsaw's Zachęta National Gallery and at the Center of Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. Having successfully found actors to portray the spiritual and intellectual aspects of her persona, Kozyra is now looking for an appropriate physical vessel for her artistic endeavor: a human body. Everyone regardless of gender, racial background, age or previous acting experience is encouraged to apply. For the New York run of the project, the artist has prepared specific material for the audience to draw from to help them construct their audition pieces. These sources on her website recall key episodes from her life, with descriptions of selected artworks and streaming videos. A large selection of Kozyra's video works will be on view at the gallery.

Auditions will be performed in front of the camera and the artist at the gallery on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1. Email with your preferred date and time or inquire onsite. The artist will also sign copies of her album CASTING at the opening night reception.

Tue, May 29
Wed, May 30

11 am - 6 pm:
Exhibition open for viewing

Thu, May 31

11 am - 6 pm: Casting Call

6 - 9 pm: Reception + Book signing + Dance Party with Disck Jock Ivan

Fri, Jun 1

11 am - 6 pm: Casting Call

Sat, Jun 2

11 am - 6 pm:
Exhibition open for viewing