Weltschmerz is the motto of this year’s edition of the Open Call organized as part of Wrocław Drawing Triennial 2019 and it is also the title of the exhibition featuring the best submissions.
The term was coined at end of Romanticism and its relevance is confirmed by thousands of instances it is referred to in contemporary culture. Over the ages, a lot has changed, yet the vast majority of those who benefit from the clash of the prosocial projects advocating freedom with the ruthless reality is still political and financial elites.
The artists who show their artworks in the halls of BWA Wrocław Główny Gallery explore various themes and contexts, examining their relationships with the world and losing once again their fragile stability. It is going to be interesting to see how they describe and revise the focal term. Will they manifest their lack of faith in their ability to influence the contemporary world and their own lot, their feeling of alienation and endless sadness? Or will they distance themselves from sentimental visions, which are so alien to the current generation? What idea to overcome hopelessness and dissatisfaction will they find?
At the exhibition we will see almost sixty artworks representing various artistic strategies in the field of the broadly-understood definition of drawing. Some of them are classical drawings on paper, others exemplify the thinking through drawing idea realised in digital media. We will also see art objects and performances. The goal of the Triennial organizers is to show the audience the widest possible overview of the most interesting drawing practices and strategies and the current trends in contemporary drawing and modern art.
artists: Paweł Baśnik, Marta Bełkot, Lasma Bringina, Piotr Bzdęga, Czesław Chwiszczuk, Tomasz Dobiszewski, Monika Drożyńska, Łukasz Gierlak, Dejan Grba, Grupa Amen, Marek Grzyb, Jerzy Hejnowicz, Michał Jakubowicz, Živilė Jasutytė, Anna Juszczak, Bartłomiej Kociemba, Mateusz Kokot, Piotr Kopik, Jerzy Kosałka, Julia Królikowska, Ewa Kulesza, Dominik Litwin, Izabela Łęska, Weronika Michalska, Anita Mikas, Jan Mioduszewski, Daisuke Nishijima, not a Number, Adam Nowaczyk, Anna Orbaczewska-Niedzielska, Magdalena Parfieniuk, Mariya Pavlenko, Katarzyna Piątek, Michał Pietrzak, Paulina Poczęta, Dominik Podsiadły, Hanna Rozpara, Irmina Rusicka & Kasper Lecnim, Magdalena Sadłowska, Jędrzej Sierpiński, Piotr Skowron, Jakub Słomkowski, Jarosław Słomski, Justyna Smoleń, Aleksandra Sojak-Borodo, Radosław Szlęzak, Olga Śliwa, Iga Świeściak, Artur Tajber, Bogdan Topor, Sebastian Trzoska, Michalina Wawrzyczek-Klasik, Andrzej Wieteszka, Jack Williams, Katarzyna Wójcicka, Martyna Zaradkiewicz, Olga Ząbroń, Piotr Żaczek
curator: Patrycja Sap