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|About||PBW- Polenbegeisterungswelle is a project where different generations of contemporary polish artists who live and work in Berlin will be presented to the audience in a combination of different formats.|
PBW- Polenbegeisterungswelle is a project where different generations of contemporary polish artists who live and work in Berlin will be presented to the audience in a combination of different formats.
While in Poland – as in many other places – politicians (re)discover the "nation" as a populist fetish, contemporary art moves naturally on a transnational scale. The art world has decades of experience and is highly competent with regards to migration, encountering the alien, questioning identities, and autonomy versus imposed contexts. In particular Berlin, as cosmopolitan art metropolis, invites the investigation of the complexity, diversity and mobility of spaces where art is being produced and received. Our project intends to map these spaces – which can be specified physically as studios, socially as circles of colleagues and experts, economically as the art market, and discursively as the public sphere – within the interplay of transnational relations.
The title "Polenbegeisterungswelle" refers to the demonstrations of sympathy that Polish insurgents received in German-speaking countries after their defeat in the so-called November Uprising of 1830. As they made their way out and away from their country, these Polish emigrants were recognised as paradigmatic freedom fighters. It is ironic that it was these factions that then became the breeding ground for the religiously exacerbated national mythology which nowadays is being revived by national conservative discourses of exclusion.
Poland as homeland – be it as geographic, biographic, imaginative or emotional sphere – has, as one of many possible topological references, a varying effect on an artist's life and work. "Polenbegeisterungswelle" is to be understood as a modulation of the perception process "Polish culture". It embeds the country-of-origin-principle, still dominant in institutional contexts, in a reference frame consisting of other descriptors of urbanity such as occurrences, rhythms, cycles, a