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Polish artist Agnieszka Polska at the Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Shadow Scenes exhibition times:
Opening Day (Friday August 21): from 4 pm to 6 pm
Saturday August 22 to Sunday August 30: 10 am to 6 pm
Location: Rio Complex, Slave Island
Tickets: LKR 100, purchased at the venue

Polish visual artist Agnieszka Polska will participate in the multi-disciplinary arts festival Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Photo: Agnieszka Polska, source: from the artist’s archive

The third edition of the Cinnamon Colomboscope festival is divided into two parts: a talks & literature programme curated by Radhika Hettiarachchi titled “The City. Identity. Urbanity.” (22 – 23 August 2015) and in the visual arts section a group exhibition featuring international and local artists entitled “Shadow Scenes” (21-30 August 2015) curated by Natasha Ginwala and Menika van der Poorten. The exhibition located in the Rio Complex, Slave Island presents works of 41 contributors including painting, installation, sound, photography, film and performance.
Agnieszka Polska’s work to be presented at the “Shadow Scenes” will consists of two complimentary parts: a video entitled “Guns” (Agnieszka Polska and Witek Orski, HD video, 2014, 5 min. 47 sec., sound (film still). Courtesy artists and Żak | Branicka Galerie, Berlin) and an installation entitled “The leisure time of a firearm”.
The installation “The leisure time of a firearm” departs from an episode that occurred during student protests in Warsaw in 1968 and on which the artist based her video “Guns”. In the fear of students breaking in and misusing artillery exhibits within the Military Museum in Warsaw as ‘real’ weapons, the government gave an order to disarm all historic ammunition of this collection. Inquiring, “Can the museum be treated as an arsenal?” Polska and Orski create a hallucinatory work premised upon this incident, extending it into a contemplation of resistance and social imagination.
Agnieszka Polska will take part in the “Archival Scenes and Shadow Histories” event on Sunday, 23 August 2015 at the Victoria Masonic Lodge taking place between 1.15 – 2.45 pm where the curator of the “Shadow Scenes” exhibition Natasha Ginwala talks to Colomboscope artists Lucy Skaer, Alexandra Navratil, Susanne Winterling and Liz Fernando about art, public expression and narratives of cityscapes. The event is ticketed.

About the artist:
Agnieszka Polska (b. 1985 in Lublin, Poland/lives and works in Amsterdam, Warsaw and Berlin) creates animated videos, films and print-based works, which complicate the nature-culture divide through aesthetic exploration of emotional states and stories across documentary and artificially rendered imagery. The material references she has engaged with range from stock photographs to German environmental newspapers archived from the 1970s and avant- garde figures of Polish Conceptualism.
Polska has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, among them at the Istanbul Biennial, Nottingham Contemporary, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and Łódź, 21er Haus in Vienna and the Sydney Biennial; at Palais de Tokyo, Contour Biennial, ICA London, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Pinchuk Art Center and Ujazdowski Castle. In 2013, she was nominated for The Future Generation Art Prize and was awarded both with the Polish Film Award and the Grand Prix Geppert Award.
Agnieszka Polska’s participation in the Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015 is supported by the Polish Institute in New Delhi and Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

Cinnamon Colomboscope 2015 is conceptualized and implemented by EUNIC Sri Lanka cluster. The title partner is Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts.
For detailed information on the festival, its programme and to buy tickets (as some of the events are ticketed), please visit: http://colomboscope.co/