In the pursuit of rapid and expressive straightforwardness of the message, and challenging the social-cultural taboo, the works on display at the exhibition Black and White seem to escape in a striking way the rigour of the now dominant political correctness.
Artists: Phil Mulloy, Aya Ben Ron, Heimo Wallner, Philippe Grammaticopoulos, William Kentridge, Piotr Dumała, Marek Raczkowski, Robert Crumb, Blu, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Krzysztof Ostrowski, Victoria Lomasko, Krzysztof “Prosiacek” Owedyk, Dan Perjovschi, Extrastruggle, Anna Niesterowicz, Yael Bartana Dates: 25.07 – 18.09.201
Liberated from the excessively developed and codified discourse on art, the domain of simple monochrome animation or comic strip is where a paradoxical free zone is created.
The exhibition Black and White gathers animated films and comic strips that are specifically “overdrawn”, obscene, rude, ugly. Dirty in line and dirty in message. On display is a collection of works aimed at breaching the now dominant neutralisation and self-limitation of the array of modes of artistic expression.
We focus our interest in these works on the medium of drawing (both in animation and cartoons), which due to the specific distance of the line and a more intermediated link with reality, provides for more freedom, unlike photography and film, to tackle socially or culturally controversial matters.
Black and White, i.e. also polarisation, subjective overdrawing of the vision of the world, the emotional and the bodily nature of the artist’s gesture.
Co-curated with Łukasz Ronduda.