Iza Tarasewicz at Syntax

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Artist: Iza Tarasewicz

Exhibition title: Sorry For All The Ups And Downs

Curated by: Markéta Stará Condeixa

Venue:  Syntax, Lisbon, Portugal

Date:  May 8 – June 27, 2015

Photography: Bruno Lopes, images courtesy of the artist and Syntax

The point of departure for the work of Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz is matter. Her frequently complex installations and installation sets can be best described as spatiotemporal events where various forms of matter meet, merge, interact and through the process of dislocation, undergo temporal transformations. Binary relations such as the organic and the inorganic, the natural and the artificial are rendered secondary. All is brought to life through a careful process of revaluation restructuring, misplacement and a sense of organic chaos. All is in, yet at the same time out of place, prompting new energetic and spatial affairs.

Sorry for all the ups and downs is a continuation of a series of exhibitions started in 2014 by Strange Attraction and followed by Collaborating Objects Radiating Environments, The Means, The Milieu and By the apparent impossibility of arranging signs. By the appropriation of materials from respective exhibitions and their variation, the current exhibition can be best described as an open structure, pointing to the countless possibilities of relational sets that operate within the construction of material wholes. Taking the material nature of the human body as an essential part of its constellation, the installation aims to challenge the relationship of the human body – in this case the body of the spectator -, to the installation elements, pointing thus to the transformation in bodily relations to aspects of the real and the virtual, and the transition in our understanding of material bodily presence in times, where conventional spatio-temporal relations are being rendered obsolete.

Iza Tarasewicz (1981) is one of the key representatives of Polish artists of her generation. She has exhibited her work in numerous institutions such as Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp), BWA Warsaw or the Polish Institute in Berlin. She is currently nominated for the Zacheta National Gallery art award. Iza Tarasewicz is the second artist in residency at Syntax where she will present her work in a series of events held between May 2nd and July 1st 2015.

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