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The Silence of Sounds 18.03.16–13.06.16 Exhibition Wernisaż: 18.3.16 (piątek), godz. 18.00, poziom 5, wstęp bezpłatny Vernissage: 18.3.15 (Friday), 6:00 PM, 5th floor, free admission

The title of the exhibition leads us into a field of soundscapes, audio phenomena and the acoustic social space. The phrase “Silence of Sounds” provides a pretext for an in-depth analysis of the notion of silence, its utopian and paradoxical dimension.
 
Being a state that cannot be fully specified, silence only enables us to try to imagine it in order to come closer to an unreachable place, a pure and empty space devoid of sounds or emotions. Silence is a method of communication, a component of an utterance in its own right that makes it possible to experience personal space and is an indispensable element of understanding oneself. It is also a harbinger of sound and an undefined threat of loneliness and alienation, which may compel us to remain silent and consequently consent to anxiety and evil. An order to remain silent or revoking the right to vote are tools intended for symbolic violence that leads to exclusion. On the other hand, silence is an ideal of interpersonal communication testifying to honesty and an authentic relationship with another human being.
 
When uttering the word “silence”, our imagination directs us towards a circle of energy and noise whose centre lures us with a promise of a state devoid of any stimuli. This very word is charged with energy to a degree greater than scream or noise (which can also be used as exclamations ordering silence). Thus silence as a state does not exist, and any attempts to reach it are connected with taming sounds, anxiety, shouts and emotions; they require immense energy and inevitably lead to a utopia.
 
“Silence is not quietness but anxiety. Silence is deadly because it is human nature to act; we associate a lack of stimuli with the ultimate biological end. For this reason, we listen closely to silence just to make sure that it is not absolute, to prove that perfect silence does not exist because any sound contradicts it and becomes a testimony to being alive. Silence is how we celebrate death rather than life.”
Marek Wasilewski, Możliwość ciszy
 
The phrase “Silence of Sounds” is also the title of Jerzy Kornowicz’s piece dedicated to Szabolcs Esztény as well as a reference to Tomasz Sikora’s practice and his “Solitude of Sounds”.
 
During the opening following sound performance will take place “[in]audible” by Pablo Sanz —> www.pablosanz.info/inaudible
 
 

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Kuratorka wystawy: Agnieszka Chodysz-Foryś

Współpraca kuratorska: Janina Hobgarska

Kurator performance: Paweł Szroniak

Artyści:
Ewa Axelrad & Steve Press
Filip Berendt
Piotr Blajerski
Piotr Bosacki
Daniel Koniusz
Barbara Kubska
Igor Omulecki
Zbigniew Rogalski
Artur Rozen
Mateusz Sadowski
Konrad Smoleński
Tomasz Tatarczyk
Rafał Wilk
Natalia Wiśniewska
Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski
Anna Zaradny
Maciej Zdanowicz

Organizatorzy:
Ośrodek Kultury i Sztuki we Wrocławiu – Instytucja Kultury Samorządu Województwa Dolnośląskiego
Muzeum Współczesne Wrocław

Współorganizatorzy:
Galeria BWA w Jeleniej Górze
Galeria Sztuki w Legnicy

Prace prezentowane na wystawie pochodzą ze zbiorów prywatnych artystów oraz z kolekcji Galerii Stereo, Galerii Le Guern, Galerii Raster, Galerii Leto, Galerii Arsenał w Białymstoku, Galerii aTak, Galerii Wschód, Lubelskiego Towarzystwa Zachęty Sztuk Pięknych, Zachęty – Narodowej Galerii Sztuki
Curator: Agnieszka Chodysz-Foryś

Curatorial cooperation: Janina Hobgarska

Curator of performance: Paweł Szroniak

Artists:
Ewa Axelrad & Steve Press
Filip Berendt
Piotr Blajerski
Piotr Bosacki
Daniel Koniusz
Barbara Kubska
Igor Omulecki
Zbigniew Rogalski
Artur Rozen
Mateusz Sadowski
Konrad Smoleński
Tomasz Tatarczyk
Rafał Wilk
Natalia Wiśniewska
Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski
Anna Zaradny
Maciej Zdanowicz

Organiser:
The Centre for Culture and Art in Wrocław – a Cultural Institution of the Self-government of Dolnośląskie Province
Wrocław Contemporary Museum

Co-organisers:
BWA Gallery in Jelenia Góra
Art Gallery in Legnica

The works shown in the exhibition are taken from private collections of artists as well as from the collections of Stereo Gallery, Le Guern Gallery, Raster Gallery, Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, aTak Gallery, Wschód Gallery, Society for the Encouragement of the Fine Arts in Lublin, and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Rafał Wilk, Last time, 2011, wideo, 3 min. 47 sec., własność artysty Rafał Wilk, Last time, 2011, video, 3 min. 47 sec, property of the artist Zbigniew Rogalski, Morze, 2012, obiekt, lightbox, własność: Galeria Raster Zbigniew Rogalski, Sea, 2012, object, lightbox, property: Raster Gallery Tomasz Tatarczyk, Droga, 1991, olej, płótno, własność: Zachęta – Narodowa Galeria Sztuki Tomasz Tatarczyk, Road, 1991, oil on canvas, property: Zachęta – National Gallery of Art Mateusz Sadowski, Kończy się, 2012, wydruk archiwalny, mdf, wykładzina, własność: Galeria Stereo Mateusz Sadowski, It ends, 2012, archive print, mdf, carpeting, property: Stereo Gallery Anna Zaradny, Mauve Cycles, 2005-2012, instalacja wideo, obiekt, sól, fot. Grzegorz Powroźnik, własność artystki Anna Zaradny, Mauve Cycles, 2005-2012, video installation, object, salt, photo: Grzegorz Powroźnik, property of the artist
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