The ninth Krakow Photomonth Festival will be guest-curated by the artistic duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
For this year’s event, there is no theme, per se, but rather, a guiding logic and strategy. Real artists and real writers will collaborate in pairs to create fictive third personas–artists whose work, in turn, will be exhibited across the city of Krakow for the month of May.
“It’s an experiment,” explain Chanarin and Broomberg, “that is designed to be liberating, politically and psychologically. We hope to confront the idea of the artist as a brand. And to simply offer a moment of respite from the job of being oneself.”
Broomberg and Chanarin will be commissioning 22 new bodies of work.
The list of participating artists includes
Gabriel Orozco, David Goldblatt, Alec Soth, Matthew Buckingham, Johan Grimonprez, Jeremy Deller, Marine Hugonnier, Andro Wekua, Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Lisa Brice, Roe Ethridge, Emily Wardill, Celine Condorelli, Beatrice Gibson, Polly Braden, Elizabeth McAlpine, Godfried Donkor, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Emily Wardill, Clare Strand and Rafil Kroll-Zaidi.
Collaborating with the following writers:
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Adrian Rifkin, Lynne Tillman, Ivan Vladislavic, Brad Zellar, Fernando Pessoa, Jennifer Higgie, Clare Carolin, Sean O’Toole, John Haskell, Adrian Rifkin, Avery Gordon, Brian Dillon, David Campany, Helen Dewitt, Ekow Eshun, Alexander Düttman, Gordon MacDonald, Brown and Bri and Gemma Sieff.
The survey show includes work by:
Marcel Duchamp (as Rrose Selavey), Walid Raad (as The Atlas Group), Brian O’Doherty (as Patrick Ireland), Renzo Martens (as Renzo Martens), Alec Soth (as Lester B Morrison), Simon Fujiwara (as his father), William Kentridge (as Kentridge vs Kentridge), Joe Scanlon (as Donnell Woolford).
Broomberg and Chanarin will also be curating a major, yet very possibly unreliable, survey of the place of the fictive artist in contemporary art at the Bunkier Sztuki Museum of Contemporary Art.