Hanna Cyganek : Pozornski, ahead of time
Hanna Cyganek's installations can be understood as unfinished inventories of fragments: objects, drawings, paintings, photographs, and other inventions. They are improvisational sites in which the constructed and the ready-made are used to question our making of the world through language and knowledge. He arrangements are sometimes schematic, inviting the viewer to move into a space of speculation, relying on our desires for beauty, poetics and seduction.
The work thus far has used the frame of the museum to propose a secret history of modernity, and in the process, point to stereotypes of difference, which are hidden in plain sight. She finds histories of surrealism and minimalism to be useful in the rearranging of received ideas. The objects of Hanna Cyganek are placed in the canon of modernist art, in hopes of making visible what is overlooked in the historicizing of the artist. This project has always been grounded in pleasure and aesthetics.
Androphyne // Magali Pobel i Pierre-Johann Suc :
Searching for Elias
When we came across his work in 2008 in Krakow, during the filming of "Faites demi-tour dès que possible", the local artists portrayed himself as a historic artist, a bit out-dated and
crazy. Pozornsky was then 80 years old, nearly blind, solitary and secret.
In April 2012, we were contacted by Hanna Cyganek. A group of students from Lublin were working on "Bodies vs Objects". We decided to meet with them. Armed with a camera and the little information gleaned on-site, we set off across Poland in search of Pozornsky. From the Krakow Fine Arts Academy to the suburbs of Lublin, it was in the Carpathians that we picked up his trail.
Since this summer, and after a first session of work on his concept of voluntary blindness where "This is not a performance" was born, we worked with him on a common choreographic project that Elias will not be able partake in.
Anticipating this possibility, he sent us a protocol note so that we can finish this piece.
While "Searching for Elias" is not a tribute it nevertheless has the form.
"Searching for Elias" is more a true-to-life catalog raisonné : a performance where dance and visual arts are one.