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Sleepless in Warsaw at A.I.R. Gallery

August 6–September 4, 2022

Artists guided tour: August 6, 6:30–7:30pm
Opening reception: August 6, 6–8pm

Sleepless in Warsaw, a group show featuring works by Polish and Ukrainian artists, is being presented by the A.I.R. Gallery and is the result of many years of collaboration with the Warsaw-based gallery lokal 30. This A.I.R. exhibition is offered in conjunction with Lather, Rinse, Repeat, a show featuring A.I.R. artists that will be on display in Warsaw from June through September 2022.

Polish and Ukrainian artists from all eras are featured in Sleepless in Warsaw, including doyennes like Natalia LL and Jolanta Marcolla, mid-career artists like Zuzanna Janin and Monika Mamzeta, and younger artists like Jan Modyski and Liliana Ze. ic.

According to reports, among the most common illnesses experienced during the current epidemic, which has already lasted for more than two years, are sleep disturbances. Friends share tried-and-true remedies among themselves, the internet is rife with advice, and it seems like a new social media post is published every minute asking, “What do you do when you cannot sleep?” Our sense of unease and fear has grown even more tangible as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. Sleeplessness is a result of worry and fear about not just our own destiny, but also the future of humanity. In a metaphorical sense, being sleep deprived can also be compared to being hypersensitive and unable to accept the current state of disorder in the world.

On another level, this show aims to compile the work of Polish feminist artists during the past fifty years. This discussion aims to address the causes of the aforementioned sleepiness. These artists view feminism as a broadly recognized social movement whose objectives include securing the future of the earth and dignified lives for its citizens, in addition to achieving equal rights for all living things.

The exhibition is arranged into three sections: new works from the past twelve or so years are shown in the first; works from Poland’s democratic and capitalist transition are shown in the second; and works from the 1970s and early 1980s are shown in the third.

The wonderful assistance of the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Capital City of Warsaw, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and Beach64retreat has allowed us to co-organize this project with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

Artists: Karolina Breguła, Oksana Briukhovetska, Iwona Demko, Zuzanna Janin, Justyna Górowska, Katarzyna Górna, Izabella Gustowska, Elka Krajewska, Diana Lelonek, Zbignew Libera, Natalia LL, Monika Mamzeta, Jolanta Marcolla, Jan Możdżyński, Dorota Nieznalska, Anna Orbaczewska, Ewa Partum, Alicja Wahl, Monika Weiss, Ewa Zarzycka, Liliana Zeic, Paweł Żukowski. Curated by: Agnieszka Rayzacher.

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Brooklyn, New York 11201
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