Pride and Prejudice: New Practices of Dignity
graphic design: Karolina Pietrzyk
Peripherality, contempt, exclusion and apotheosis of bad taste. Contemprary antagonisms are fueled by the politics of shame and the politics of dignity – a system of practices based on resentment and an attempt to aggressively reinforce one's self-esteem.
On one hand, our phantasms of marginalized and excluded groups, and their symbolic position in the sphere of society and culture, are often objects of fear and derision for the privileged, yet they also result in violent aesthetic appropriations in the postmodernist pop-culture and discourse.
Can we imagine a new type of identity politics that would trigger a different register of emotions and have an emancipatory function? As part of our September edition of the Department of Presence, we host artistic and performative interventions, debates and concerts problematizing tensions associated with the codes of class, racial and sexual identification.
The 'plot' and dramaturgy of the (non)exhibition Pride and Prejudice: New Practices of Dignity takes place over a period of four weeks in four stages. Each chapter will have a separate spatial manifestation and a performative intervention prepared specially by each of five invited artists. Anna Niesterowicz focuses on the problem of hate speech. SAGG NAPOLI, is an Italian artist who advocates the aesthetics and the politics of the South. Mikołaj Sobczak deals with the widely-understood exclusion in relation to politics of memory and the drag queen movement. Finally, Wojciech Puś together with a group of performers defines new fields of queer abstraction, an inclusive community based upon a sensual practice of time and space.
Invited guests: Anna Niesterowicz, Agata Pyzik, Jakub Wencel, Magda Szcześniak, Marek Beylin, Mikołaj Sobczak, Mira Marcinów, Nicholas Grafia, Olga Byrska, SAGG Napoli, Wojciech Puś and Endless
1.09. (SAT) 18:00 Anna Niesterowicz,”Disgrace” - opening
6.09. (THU) 18:00, “Tribal languages: hate speech and new systems of identification” (debate in Polish)
11.09 (TUE) 18:00, SAGG NAPOLI, opening
13.09 (THU) 18:00, “Poor but sexy: East meets South”, Agata Pyzik in conversation with SAGG NAPOLI (event in English)
18.09 (TUE) 18:00, Mikołaj Sobczak, “The accursed ones”, opening
20.09 (THU) 18:00, “Diamonds on guns”, Mikołaj Sobczak in conversation with dr Magda Szcześniak (event in Polish)
22.09 (SAT) 18:00, Performance by Mikołaj Sobczak and Nicholas Graffia
28.09 (FRI) 19:00, Wojciech Puś and Endless, Performance “Night as Nights” + live act: Thomas Köner
29.09 (SAT) 17:00, Wojciech Puś and Endless, “вітер з'єднує нас” + Kinky Kino: Testimonies of performance participants and film screening with perforomers, live music Wojciech Puś and Anton Tschulskyi
30.09 (SUN) 14:00, Wojciech Puś and Endless, Performance “Day as Days”