Iza Tarasewicz (b. 1981 in Białystok) – graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture and Performing Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań in 2008. She lives and works in Kolonia Koplany, a small village near Białystok where she grew up. Working with sculpture, installation, drawing and performance, her work has gained significant recognition in the country and abroad. She is the winner of the 2019 Bayerischen Kunstförderpreise award for fine arts and the 2015 VIEWS [Spojrzenia] award of the Deutsche Bank Foundation, in co-organization with the Zachęta National Art Gallery in Warsaw. In 2013, she was nominated for the Passportu Polityka prize for visual art. Her sculptural installations take the form of modular, flexible and mobile systems, which combine raw and modest functionalism with formal logic found in the natural world, scientific experiments and graphs and diagrams — figures of thought and diagrams of relationships that systematize knowledge and data and abstractly describe the interaction of phenomena. The artist finds inspiration for her work in classical Greek philosophy and quantum physics

Leonida Kovač (HR)  – is an art historian and theoretician, curator, and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Zagreb. Since the mid-1980s, she has been intensively engaged in the feminist deconstruction of heteronormative discourses, with a focus on regimes of representation, that is, structural violence in the discourse (about) art and in visual culture. She conceived and realized about thirty author’s exhibitions, among which the exhibitions of Nan Hoover, Dube Sambolec, Katarzyna Kozyra, Orshi Drozdik, Dorothy Cross, Rita Duffy, Naste Rojc and Edita Schubert are particularly important. She was the trustee and curator of the Croatian pavilion at the Contemporary Art Biennale in São Paulo (2002) and at the Venice Biennale (2003), where she presented Ana Opalić’s series of self-portraits in the exhibition Patterns of Visibility. From 2002 to 2005, she was elected vice-president of the International Association of Art Critics – AICA.

AFAR TALK: “your type of unity “: Art practice as a way to hold yourself up

TALK: Iza Tarasewicz (PL) with Leonidom Kovač (HR)
in cooperation with the discursive doctoral study program of the Academy of Fine Arts in
25.6.2024/ 19:30
ARAC/ Residence Space – first floor
Galerija Putolovac Ilica 112

“I read somewhere in Bacon’s “every researcher of nature is caused to disbelieve what his mind most delights and attracts”… and this reflects my main journey… there is no central message, for me there is no centralization of ideas… everything is parallel and important, there is no device and no faulty elements, it is your type of UNITY, which we usually forget about, because this is our neurological structure, resulting from the evolution of our brain and the history of our ancestors. It was and equivalent to our primitive grandparents who tried at an independent price in a separate environment.”

Artists for Artists Residency Network (AFAR) is an EU co-funded project and residency program, aiming to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators in Romania, Germany, Croatia, and Austria. The project is led by the Romanian Association for Contemporary Art (ARAC) with its three consortium partners – Goethe Institute Network, Croatian Association of Fine Artists, and Künstlerhaus Vienna.

The AFAR Network project is co-funded by the European Union: ”Views and opionions expressed are however those of the autohor(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsable for them.”