> Encounters

Alicja Dobrucka

30 April - 28 May, 2015

Presented for the first time at TARQ in its entirety, Encounters is a cross-cultural dialogue between the traditional forms of folk art and craft from different countries around the world. The Artist takes a traditional Polish paper cut out of roosters on a journey to different countries, mainly India, but also Palestine and Turkey, and collaborates with local craftsmen, to produce and reproduce the original design using techniques that are unique to different regions.

Dobrucka sees the project as an experiment, which aims to explore modes of intercultural dialogue in the era of capitalism and globalization. From Handwerk to Kunstwerk – from craft to art – from the un-authored object there leads a path to the authentic authored valuable. In the era of capitalism, the hand, once so crucial to the art worker, has been made redundant by technological advances.Why is craft viewed as a skill passed on from generation to generation and art as an expression of an individual?

She aims to explore the question Walter Benjamin once asked; the fingerprints of the potter are seen as a way of individuating, authenticating works that is profoundly different from the authentication of works of fine art. Craft, embroidery in particular, is a skill that is categorized as homogeneously feminine. The profession of the ‘ The Second Sex’ is not commonly acknowledged to be art. Dobrucka delves into the nuances of all of these intricate issues in her continuing practice.

The project aims to become a commentary on the various traditional art practices and narratives, which delineate where one culture starts and another ends. In collaboration with The Polish Institute - New Delhi and and with support from Adam Mickiewicz Institute

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Alicja Dobrucka

Alicja Dobrucka was born Poland in 1985. She is based in London since graduating from the University of the Arts London in 2010. Her work has received a number of prestigious prizes, such as the Sotiri Prize 2011 in Korce, Albania and in 2010 she received the highly competitive Deutsche Bank Fine Art Award and Grant in Photography at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Dobrucka has exhibited her work internationally, most recently at the South Kiosk Gallery in London and at the MAG3 Gallery in Vinenna, Austria, curated by David Lillington, The Barbican, London (2012), Experimenta EXD'11 - Architectural Biennale in Lisbon (2011), as a part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries at the ICA, London and the S1 Art Space and Site Gallery in Sheffield (2011), the 54th Venice Biennale with the WW Gallery (2011) and at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2010).


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