13 May - 12 June 2011
Artists and writers come together to create fictitious personae in this ambitious programme for Photomonth, Krakow, curated by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
The Polish annual international photography festival, Photomonth in Krakow, r
uns until June 12 2011
Guest curators Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin commissioned twenty-three writers (of fiction, fact and medical history) to each create a text describing an invented persona. Each persona was then allocated to a visual artist to inhabit. The exhibition Alias brings together the works resulting from each artist’s residency in their assigned fictitious character, alongside the original texts.
Broomberg and Chanarin say "It's an experiment that was set up to fail because it shouldn’t be that easy to stop being yourself; to break with your own particular political and ethical concerns. Yet most of the artists we approached bravely took up the challenge.'We never disembark from ourselves' complained the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa in The Book of Disquiet. We wanted to give our contributors the chance to do precisely this: to disembark."
The list of participating artists includes: Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili and Andro Wekua, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Lisa Brice, Polly Braden, Michael Chanarin, Celine Condorelli, Jeremy Deller, Godfried Donkor, Beatrice Gibson, David Gill, Johan Grimonprez, David Goldblatt, Marine Hugonnier, Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Elizabeth McAlpine, Gabriel Orozco , Max Pinckers, Ella Saltmarshe, Janek Simon, Alec Soth, Clare Strand and Photoworks Head of Publications, Gordon MacDonald.