• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Natalia LL

Since the 1960s, the photo and video works of Natalia LL have revolved around the role of the body as a cultural signifier for the construction of artistic versions of reality relating both to the vulnerability of physical representation and to the desire to create bodily narrations in mythical situations.

Being married to photo artist Andrzej Lachowicz, Natalia LL has since the 1970s used the first letters of her officially registered last name, Lach-Lachowicz, to create a trademark as well as an artistic persona for all her visual appearances. This artistic strategy is in keeping with the increasing commoditization of products that has taken place since the 1960s, as well as with the theories of writers such Marshall McLuhan, who saw the onslaught of product placement in the media as a  precursor of Western image ideologies. On an artistic level, however, this trope is not meant merely to turn the artist into a product; it much rather relates to Marxist theories. For Marx, commoditization is assigned to something not previously considered in economic terms which, in this case, relates to artistic thoughts, identity formations and representations of gender. Natalia LL’s strategic positioning puts her in line with fellow artists such as VALIE EXPORT, who drastically altered her real name for the sake of artistic representation in order to engage in performance and create media art focusing on the subjectivization of the female body within a male-dominated society. 

From the very beginning of her artistic career, Natalia LL used her own self in combination with various props and prostheses in order to relate to the changing parameters in terms of which issues of the body and the body’s representation as a mythical and sexual object/subject are treated in contemporary visual practices. Focusing on the media of photography and film, Natalia LL’s work questions the ontological aspects of bodily representation, which visual output oscillates constantly between reality and fiction, between what is culturally significant, concealed or unmasked.


1937, Żywiec / PL

Natalia LL is working in painting, photography, drawing, performance, and video art. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw (Poland) from 1957 to 1963. In 1964 Natalia LL received the Diploma of the Association of Polish Artists Photographers. She co-founded the PERMAFO Gallery in Wroclaw in 1970. Since 1975 Natalia LL is engaged in the International Feminist Art movement.

Lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “Opus Magnum”, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2011     “Natalia LL.”, Donatio National Museum Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland

2010     “Prywatne Magie” ze zbioru OPERA OMNIA, FF Gallery, Forum Fotografii, Lodz, Poland

2009     “Natalia LL - Opera Omnia 3. Energetic intimacy”, EGO Gallery, Posen, Poland

2008     “Natalia LL”, Art NEW media Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2007     “Natalia LL”, Foto Medium Art Gallery, Krakow, Poland

2006     “Ciało wizyjne”, X Krakowska Dekada Fotografii, PAUZA Gallery, Krakow, Poland

2005     “Consumer Art.”, brot.undspielele gallery, Berlin, Germany

2004     “PODSUMOWANIA”, Bielska BWA Gallery, Bielsko-Biala, Poland

2003     “Volucres Coeli”, Sztuki WOZOWNIA Gallery, Torun, Poland     

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “recits des trois perverses - femmes seulement”, JANCAR GALLERY, Los Angeles, USA

2011     “Museum of Parallel Narratives. In the framework of L’Internationale”, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

2010     “Gender Check - Rollenbilder in der Kunst Osteuropas“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria

2009     “re.act.feminism“, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

2008     “Cutting Realities Gender Strategies in Art”, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, USA

2007     “2 ou 3 choses que j’ignore d´elles”, Frac Lorraine, Metz, France

2006     “Arteast Collection 2000+23”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2005     “Spiel 04: Installation_Photo“, brot.undspiele gallery, Berlin, Germany

2004     “Arteast 2000+”, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2003     “Architectures of Gender”, SculptureCenter, Long Island, USA

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Sudac, Marinko, ed. 2011. Podrucǰe zastoja = Standstill: kolekcija Marinko Sudac = Marinko Sudac collection. Zagreb: Avangarde Research Institute.


Toniak, Ewa, ed. 2011. 3 Women: Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Natalia LL, Ewa Partum. Warsaw: Zacheta National Gallery of Art [Exhib. Cat., Zacheta National Gallery of Art Warsaw (Mar. 1-May 8, 2011)]


Ronduda, Lukasz, ed. 2009. Sztuka polska lat 70. Awangarda. Warsaw: Polski Western.


Sobota, Adam, ed. 2009. Natalia LL: opera Omnia. Wroclaw: The Culture and Art Centre.


LL, Natalia, artist. 2005. Sny i snienia. Bielsko-Biala: Galeria Bielska.


LL, Natalia, ed. 2004. Natalia LL: Texty 7. Bielsko-Biala: Galeria Bielska BWA.


LL, Natalia, artist. 1998. Ogrody personalizmu = The Gardens of Personalism. Warsaw: Centre for Contemporary Art [Exhib. Cat., Centre for Contemporary Art Warsaw (Oct. 30-Dec. 27, 1998)]


LL, Natalia, artist. 1994. Sztuka i energia = Art and Energy. Wroclaw: Muzeum Narodowe we Wrocawiu [Exhib. Cat., National Museum in Wroclaw (Dec. 8, 1993-Jan. 27, 1994)]


Lode, Carmen, ed. 1991. Natalia LL. Stuttgart: ifa.


Permafo Gallery, ed. 1971. New Situation. Wrocław: Permafo Gallery.


Satisfaction: Sztuka konsumpcyjna w socjalistycznej Polsce lat 70 = Consumption Art from the communist Poland of the 1970s. Texts by David Crowley, Jan Verwoert. Warsaw: Centre for Contemporary Art. Incl. 2 DVDs, 1 Poster. 



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