THE BEST OF. Best Diplomas of The Faculty of Painting and New Media at The Academy of Art in Szczecin 2018
The National Museum in Szczecin - The Museum of Contemporary Art | Staromłyńska 1, Szczecin, Polska

In October, students and university staff are waiting for the inauguration of the new academic year. On this occasion, to remind and distinguish the most interesting diplomas from 2017/2018, we invite you to the exhibition "The Best of" - presentation of the best diploma works of the Faculty of Painting and New Media at The Academy of Art in Szczecin selected by us. Six artists will present a variety of attitudes and topics.

Anastazja Mikhno in the work "Phenotype A" refers to genetics and anthropology in the hope of drawing attention to the problems of xenophobia, discrimination and racism. The artist also asks questions about gender identification. In the "Porjamos" project, consisting of a series of coins, Mikhno commemorates Roma children murdered in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in 1944. The coin acts as a chronicle, a testimony to the monstrous consequences of the domination of some beings over others.

The inspiration for Aleksandra Mrozowska's project "Mamory Exercises" was her mother's traumatic experiences connected with transport and stay in forced labour camps in Kazakhstan and Siberia in the years 1944-1956. By creating her own realizations, Mrozowska touches on the problem of memory and trauma, which indirectly affects her and which she decided to work through art.

In the work "Versus", Dominika Pijanowska draws attention to the all-encompassing fashion of being "fit" and the related consequences that we can observe as images that flood social media. The inspiration for the performance were photos from boxing fights and MMA, so meaningful that you can hear the sounds of the fighters. Through her action, the artist decided to reverse the roles of image and sound. In turn, the project "My body, my choice" was implemented in response to the situation of women in Poland in connection with the ongoing discussion on abortion. The artist has created a belly-ball, impersonal, classic object for playing, an object that can be kicked, hit, tossed or played with someone.

In the series of photographs "Reliefs", presented by Emilia Turek, a reference to the tradition of minimalist art is evident. The artist assumes the role of a selector combining industrial materials with each other, and then - through compositional actions - striving to deconstruct their objectivity. Thus, the work is a study of the deconstructive possibilities of photography, the effect of which is the unrealisation of material objects. The artist in works "Sleeping", "Playing" and "Laundry" refers directly to the works of other artists (Mladen Stilinović, Martin Gut, Mounir Fatmi) and brings them to the real, contemporary problems. She addresses the issues of the artist's functioning in today's world, the mutual hostility that consumes Polish society and the symbolic attempt to remedy this phenomenon.

Throughout her studies, Wiktoria Walendzik has been collecting images photographs taken with a mobile phone, especially images found on the Internet, on social networking sites and making frames from YouTube videos. In this way, she gathered an archive, the content of which created a specific collage of things and impressions.

The title of the painting part of Dominika Wyrobek's diploma "[her] story" refers to history written from a female point of view. The artist thinks that a woman with a culturally imposed baggage of expectations has become stuck in denial of herself. Women have been attributed to nature for centuries – it was once seen as a gift, while today it is rather a vice. The second part of the diploma "[hair] story" is three animations inspired by the story of Julia Pastrana, who lived in the nineteenth century and suffered from a genetic disease , hyper-ichthyosis, causing the occurrence of hair on almost the entire body surface. Animations show everyday scenes from the woman's life; they touch the problem of enslavement understood metaphorically as imprisonment in their own body, but also literally. Julia's body passed from hand to hand, bought for profit derived from public exposure.


Best Diplomas of The Faculty of Painting and New Media at The Academy of Art in Szczecin 2018

The National Museum in Szczecin – The Museum of Contemoprary Art, 1 Staromłyńska St.

exhibition opening: October 2nd 2018 (Tuesday), 2.00 P.M., free entrance

exhibition open till: November 25th 2018

opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10.00 A.M. – 6.00 P.M.

Friday, Sunday: 10.00 A.M. – 4.00 P.M.

Monday: closed

Curator: Danuta Dąbrowska-Wojciechowska

Artysts: Anastazja Mikhno, Aleksandra Mrozowska, Emilia Turek, Wiktoria Walendzik, Dominika Wyrobek

Organizer: The National Museum in Szczecin

Cooperation: The Academy of Art in Szczecin

The National Museum in Szczecin – Cultural Institution of the Local Government of West-Pomeranian Voivodeship co-led by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.