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Retoričke vesti, 2006.| Rhetorical News, 2006


Born in 1945 in Srem, Poland
lives and works in Poznan

Rhetorical News, 2006
Installation with newscaster
Photos: Natalia Brandt

Q: The work of an artist who confronts problems of rhetoric, and practices a critical discourse on the subject of the situation both in art and beyond art, seems to be dependent on cultural and political questions that change over time. What do you see as the task of art at the present moment?

A: For a certain time, I have been wondering more and more frequently whether art must have any kind of task at all in an epoch totally dominated by the ideology of utility and commodification. And I must admit that I feel increasingly comfortable with the idea of art whose greatest value is its lack of usefulness. I know, of course, that art cannot be totally removed from social, political, or cultural contexts, or from certain economic implications. Such references are present in the work of many artists and in my work as well. They usually result from the need to define one’s own attitude towards troubling facts and events in a word of which we are a part, and for which - as citizens - we bear a shared responsibility. That, and no more. Because we probably also accept the view that it would be hard to give convincing examples of the effectiveness of art, of any real influence by art on social problems or political conflicts. Unless we were to put our art at the service of some specific ideological formation or party. But then we are not longer talking about art, but only about propaganda that is more or less effective.
At the same time, I like the concept of non-utilitarian, nonpartisan art that has no other function beyond purely perceptual satisfaction. All the more so because, freed of external determinants, it stands as proof of the idea of artistic freedom, which means a lot to me.

From a conversation between Andrzej Szczepaniak and Jaroslaw Kozlowski, in:

Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Curtains, Galeria Starmach, Cracow 2006

Biography

Jaroslaw Kozlowski was born in 1945 in Srem, Poland. He lives and works in Poznan, Poland. He is an artist, curator and professor of visual art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. He is also an adviser at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the founder of the NET (1971) and Gallery Akumulatory 2 in Poznan (1972-1990), Poland. Since 1967 he has curated exhibitions in Poland and abroad. His latest solo exhibition was Curtains at Galeria Starmach in Cracow, Poland, in 2006.

Rođen 1945. u Sremu, Poljska.
Živi i radi u Poznanju.

Retoričke vesti, 2006.
Instalacija sa spikerom
Fotografije: Natalija Brant

Q: Delo umetnika koji se suočava sa problemom retorike i pribegava kritičkom diskursu na temu situacije, kako u umetnosti, tako i izvan umetnosti, čini se, zavisi od kulturnih i političkih pitanja koja se vremenom menjaju. Šta je po vašem viđenju zadatak umetnosti u ovom trenutku?

A: Već izvesno vreme se sve češće pitam mora li umetnost imati bilo kakav zadatak u vremenu kojim u potpunosti dominira ideologija korisnosti i pretvaranja svega u robu. I, moram priznati da mi se sve više dopada ideja o umetnosti čija se najveća vrednost sastoji u odsustvu korisnosti. Naravno, znam da se umetnost ne može u potpunosti odvojiti od socijalnog, političkog, ili kulturnog konteksta, ili, pak, od određenih ekonomskih implikacija. Takve reference prisutne su u delu mnogih umetnika, pa i u mom delu. One obično proizlaze iz potrebe da se definiše sopstveni stav prema uznemirujućim činjenicama i događajima u svetu u kome živimo, i za koji – kao njegovi građani – imamo zajedničku odgovornost. To, i ništa više. Jer, mi, verovatno, prihvatamo i gledište da bi bilo teško navesti ubedljive primere delotvornosti umetnosti, bilo kakvog stvarnog uticaja umetnosti na društvene probleme, ili političke sukobe. Osim ukoliko ne stavimo našu umetnost u službu neke konkretne ideološke formacije, ili stranke. No, tada više ne govorimo o umetnosti, već o propagandi koja je manje, ili više, delotvorna.

Dopada mi se, istovremeno, ideja o neutilitarnoj, politički neopredeljenoj umetnosti koja nema nikakvu drugu funkciju osim osetilnog zadovoljstva. I, utoliko pre, zato što, oslobođena od spoljašnjih odrednica, takva umetnost predstavlja dokaz postojanja umetničke slobode, što meni mnogo znači.

Iz razgovora vođenog između Andrzej Szczepaniak and Jaroslaw Kozlowski, in:

Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Curtains, Galeria Starmach, Cracow 2006

Biografija

Jaroslav Kozlovski rođen je 1945. u Sremu, Poljska. Živi i radi u Poznanju, Poljska. On je umetnik, kustos i profesor vizuelne umetnosti na Akademiji likovnih umetnosti u Poznanju, Poljska. Takođe radi kao savetnik na Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten u Amsterdamu, Holandija, a osnivač je NET (1971) i Gallery Akumulatory 2 u Poznanju (1972-1990), Poljska. Od 1967. u svojstvu kustosa priređivao je izložbe u Poljskoj i u inostranstvu. Njegova poslednja samostalna izložba bila je Curtains u Galeria Starmach u Krakovu, Poljska, 2006. godine.