Artur Zmijewski Einmal ist keinmal

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Edited by: Joanna Mytkowska Texts by: Charles Esche, Jane Farver, Joanna Mytkowska, Adam Szymczyk, Sebastian Cichocki, Artur Zmijewski German, English 2005, 208 Pages, 122 Ills. Softcover 242mm x 167mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1618-5

Artur Zmijewski (*1966, Warsaw) first attracted the attention of the international public with his video piece entitled Singing Lessons 1, which he showed at Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt/Main. In Singing Lesson 1 a group of deaf youth "sing" the Kyrie from a mass by Jan Maklakiewicz. The result is a gripping document of an attempt to achieve the impossible, a study of the possibilities and limitations of perception. Zmijewski includes the mentally and physically disabled in other works as well, to hint at the expressive and discursive potential their apparent deficiencies contain. In An Eye for an Eye (1998), he made amputees seem able to walk or grasp again with the aid of limbs "borrowed" from another person. This monograph presents Zmijewski's work for the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2005 and includes a complete catalogue of his previous works along with a number of informative essays. Exhibition schedule: Polish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, June 12-November 6, 2005 Kunsthalle Basel, June 16-August 28, 2005