Artists: Sherko Abbas Abdl-razaq, Lida Abdul, Alice Aycock, Babi Badalov, Ismail Bahri, Ricardo Basbaum, berszmisiak, Olaf Brzeski, Karolina Brzuzan, Rafał Bujnowski, Adelita Husni Bey, Monica Bonvicini, Latifa Echakhch, Harun Farocki, Esther Ferrer, Anton Kats, Daphne Keramidas, Anna Królikiewicz, Julie Luzoir, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Małgorzata Markiewicz, Agnieszka Polska, Simon Pope, Konrad Pustoła, Tere Recarens, Sylvie Réno, Maciej Salamon, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Florian Zeyfang
The Vernacularity exhibition is planned for the entire summer. Until the end of September it remains our alphabet of everyday phenomena, a field of reference, a reservoir of forms and techniques. Vernacular is perhaps not a very popular term although it refers exactly to that which is common. It refers to the indigenous, to the language of daily communication, local knowledge, technology and a mode of representation. Today we speak of vernacular architecture, such as photography or graphic design. Vernacularity was chosen as the theme of our main exhibition which allows for a labyrinth of material works, paintings, sculptures, textiles, video and diverse activities linked to the objet trouvé , natural objects, techniques and technologies of the everyday, as well as quotidian substances and activities. It puts together the visual vocabulary of the common, reveals the links between the domestic and the relational.
Our matter of concern and inquiry are natural findings such as plants or stones; and the aesthetics of found objects as well as their ability to generate new forms; the painterly skills of the nail specialist and the anonymous talents of weavers. We are interested in vernacularity in photo representations and repetition in everyday chores. We refer to language, to what is translatable and untranslatable in a local context. This is perhaps due to it being untranslatable, often considered as a disqualifying aspect of work in the international circulation of art, as being a powerful generator of forms.
Garden of Everyday Errors: Vernacularity entails its sister project from the previous year: Everydayness and clasps together the five-year long programme line of Alternativa, tracing substantial phenomena from a local context such as labour and leisure, estrangement, materiality, utopian thinking and the tactics of everyday life. It is dedicated to occasionally noticed forms which are so unremarkable that they are nearly exceptional.
Please feel welcome not only to the exhibitions but also to actively participate in the overall programme. See you soon!