We are dealing with an exhibition undoubtedly socially involved – says curator Paweł Jarodzki. Although the exhibition of a graduate and currently a PhD student at the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts is entitled Private Property, it does not describe the internal world of Karolina Balcer, but refers to the tools for building social life. Her artistic activity, at least from the time of her diploma, raises the problem of the relationship between what is private and what is common in space. The author’s activities in the already famous initiatives WYKWIT and Wykwitex place her on the light side of the force – the curator adds. She advocates cooperation, freedom and democracy, a normal world, without restrictions and utopian perfect.
According to Karolina Balcer, the past conflict between nature and culture is replaced by a clash in public space, between what is private and what is shared. These often invisible and out of focus borders are the most interesting for the artist who, using spatial installations and paintings that balance on the boundary of objects, as well as photos and videos, raises issues related to taking over space and building divisions. At the same time, however, she underlines the power of joint action: One of the most important social competencies that determines the quality of relationships with other people is the ability to create relationships and cooperation. In order for something to happen at any place and time, people who are guided by similar goals and a similar system of values are needed. The group’s tool, which is guided by social well-being, is cooperation. While it is not an innovative phenomenon, it can now be considered as unique.
curator: Paweł Jarodzki
visual identification: Marina Lewandowska
Karolina Balcer – born in 1988 in Toruń. She lives and works in Wrocław. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław in the painting studio of Prof. Piotr Błażejewski and multimedia of prof. Paweł Jarodzki (2014) and inter-faculty doctoral studies at the same Academy (2017). She deals with painting, video, creates painting objects and installations in public space. Her actions contain a great sensitivity to architecture as a tool for organizing social life. From 2015, she co-creates the Wykwit gallery. From 2017, a board member of Wykwitex art company.