Julia Vogl, curator: Katarzyna Depta-Garapich
(b.1985, Washington DC, USA) studied BA Honors Art and Politics at Oberlin College, USA (2007) and received a MFA at the Slade School of Art, London (2011). She has a split practice of social sculpture and drawings/prints. Solo projects include Brooklyn Arts Council Funded Leaves of Fort Greene, Brooklyn NY ( 2009), Colouring the Invisible, at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London ( 2010), HOME, a self initiated cultural olympiad public art work in Peckham London (summer 2012) Holiday Destination a commission from Montgomery County Arts and Humanities in Silver Spring MD ( 2012). Connect 10 project Museum Night commission at the Newcastle Discovery Museum,(2013) Selected group exhibitions include: Testing Ground TIME/SPACE at 176 Zabludowicz collection, London (2011) Saatchi &Channel 4 New Sensations Prize, London (2011), Platform 79, The Berlin Project, Berlin (2012), and the Jerwood Drawing Prize traveling exhibition (London, Hastings, Birmingham and Bournemouth, 2012/2013). Winner of the Aesthetica and Catlin Art Prize in 2012, she also was recognized by the American for the Arts Public Year in Review top 50 projects. She is American and British, and has an international practice. www.juliavogl.com
(b.1973, Krakow, Poland) studied History of Art at Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland (1999), BA Fine Art Sculpture (First Class Hons) at University of the Arts London and MA in Fine Art Sculpture at the Slade School of Art, London (2012). Her practice merges drawing, sculpture and animation and curatorial projects are directed towards participatory events. Selected shows include: Taking Line for a Walk, Sculpture Project Space Wimbledon College of Art (2010), YPA, Metal Gallery, Southend-on-Sea (2010), Deep Cuts Last Measures, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich (2011), Print and Design Now!, SW1 Gallery, London (2011), Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011, Jerwood Gallery London and other venues nationally (2011/2012), Polish Contemporary Artists - Film Screenings, Richmix Cinema, London (2012), Subject to Change, Kursaal Space, Southend-on-Sea (2012), Threadneedle Prize 2012, Mall Galleries, London (2012). Shortlisted for South Place Hotel Art Prize for new graduates 2012. She lives and works in London. katarzyna-depta-garapich.com
Colouring invisible in Podgorze
Colouring Invisible in Podgorze was social sculpture. It was a visually attractive socio-artistic intervention. Borrowed from social studies method of quantitative survey was translated to colour coded categories enabling participants to self-identify within happening in city space Grolsch ArtBoom Festival and in Podgorze in particular. Categories of the viewers were related not only to usual art event goers as artists or critics, but also and above all were designed to encourage as many participants from not art related backgrounds as possible. The project consisted of three major parts - badges, posters, and surprising engagement. First was the distribution of badges in nine colours, each representing a category of the viewer like: artist, critic, bureaucrat, hipster or content resident of Podgorze etc (viewers could be more one they category or even all of them!). These badges was circulated in the neighborhood via a former pretzel trolley, that was tour the area daily, giving away badges for free to anyone who wishes to engage with the work. The second part consisted of posters decoding each category represented by specific colour e.g. category ARTIST was represented by red badge. The badges were distributed only in Podgorze where 5th edition of the Festival took place, and posters was placed in various locations in Krakow city centre. That was underline this theme of the festival which was related to reconnecting once ‘outside’, ‘forgotten’ district of the city.
Anyone intrigued by colorful posters with simple writing had to take a trip to Podgorze to be able to identify himself/herself. The posters created some mystery, and perhaps only make sense when you come upon the pretzel trolley with badges in Podgorze - a happy surprise! In addition the distribution of badges served to specify demographics of Grolsch ArtBoom Festival as well as aid to asses its popularity among residents and festival goers.
Third and finally, on an inter-personal level the badges were designed to function as an ice-breaker tool. The project allowed strangers to approach one another and ask about about their badge selection and then perhaps discuss more. It was about breaking social barriers and creating more openness between strangers. As viewers/participants engaged, taking a badge - a collectable - with them, hopefully it will serve as a personal décor and prompt future anecdotes about the project or general discussions on art, identity, or politics, or beer.
Picture: Michał Ramus, www.michalramus.com
The work aimed to empower individuals to share with the artist their gripes, passions, and protests from the everyday issues like the desiring of more bacon flavored products in their life to political issues like the increase of the living wage. By documenting them and their message artist could pass this onto the world through photography and social media, enabling a greater dialogue. Social Protest was a visual message, a fun/social participatory action, and as a collection of complaints-collectively challenges our ideas of the potency of protesting. Furthermore the work aimed at illustrating a portrait of humanity’s issues large and small. By selecting a blank protest sign in the colour (one of 5) that matches their message, participants were photographed and then their image was uploaded online, with their protest serving as the message for the photo.
Pictures: Michał Ramus, www.michalramus.com
7/06/2013 - 21/06/2013
11:00 Colouring invisible in Podgorze
11:00 Social Protest
cart route: Podgórski Market Square - Limanowskiego Street - Krakusa Street - Józefińska Street - Targowa Street - Zgody Square - Kącik Street - tunnel - Lipowa Street - MOCAK - Lipowa Street - tunnel - Kącik Street - Zgody Square - Targowa Street - Józefińska Street - Krakusa Street - Limanowskiego Street - Podgórski Market Square
Podgórski Market Square