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THESES ON HOPE
#10 Karol Radziszewski: One Day These Kids…
10 February–15 April 2023

Between Bridges is pleased to host an exhibition by Warsaw-based artist Karol Radziszewski. Challenging predominant historical narratives and their prevalent modes of representation, Radziszewski’s multidisciplinary and archive-based practice convenes a myriad of political, social, religio-cultural and art-historical references, probing their relation to the history of sexuality and the construction of gender. The exhibition presents an array of newly conceived works, extended series, and an extensive public programme. All of these highlight Radziszewski’s idiosyncratic methodology of assembling and sharing historically marginalised queer practices across Central and Eastern European countries, as well as his current preoccupation with portrait painting that looks beyond dominant modes of representation.

Continuing his ongoing investigations into the normative logics and politics of (art) institutions, for One Day These Kids…, Radziszewski has conceived an expansive site-specific installation that alludes to a conventional 1990s Polish classroom and its habitual visual language; it is a space that reiterates a queerness-excluding historiography and a conception of nation-state-based cultural heritage. Echoing and yet eschewing these traditions, Radziszewski employs the exhibition space to speculate on alternative pedagogical models that might have or could be centered around underrepresented or repudiated queer histories, desires and bonds.

The installation simultaneously serves as a stage for the exhibition’s public programme, conceived as integral part of the show and aligned to Radziszewski’s long-term, transnational community-building practice. Radziszewski has invited a group of his peers – artists, thinkers and activists from Eastern and Central European countries whose practices are conceptually, aesthetically and ethically connected to his own – to perform alternative “history lessons”. They include: Anatoly Belov, #FLUID (Paula Dunka and Alex Bălă), Philipp Gufler, Libuše Jarcovjáková; Ryszard Kisiel, Jaanus Samma, Anton Shebetko, Suzana Tratnik, Liliana Zeic alongside Twoja Stara. On the date of the finissage, Radziszewski will launch the latest edition of DIK Fagazine, on Ukraine, co-edited with Anton Shebetko. 

For further information and the schedule of the history lessons, please visit the exhibition's site: https://www.betweenbridges.net/exhibition-space/theses-on-hope/10-karol-radziszewski