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Wojtek Doroszuk/ Reisefieber

25 I 2007

opening reception: Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 6pm

exhibition dates 25 January 2007 - 25 February 2007, gallery hours 11am-6pm


curator of the exhibition: Magdalena Ujma


At Wojtek Doroszuk’s exhibition there will be shown the newest films realized in Berlin. They will be an attempt to enter into a dialogue with Shahram Entekhabi’s exhibition It’s Been a Long Way, Baby… that opened in November the Transculture project which will last for a year.




Wojtek Doroszuk

Born in Głogów in 1980. 2001 - 2006 studied painting in Andrzej Bednarczyk’s studio at the Academy of Fine Art and interdisciplinary studio ran by Zbigniew Sałaj and Grzegorz Sztwiertnia.

At present his major medium is video.

In his work Free Cracow Tour he questions the authority of a guide who presents stories about the monuments of history which are not always true, thus presenting a non - existent city as a simulacrum. Fictional stories reveal instability and ambiguity of the spoken, flickering of the truth and hunger for authenticity. Listeners - tourists are not capable of differentiating between simulation and truth. The fiction of the stories told by the guide - mystyificator devours the authenticity, neutralising and eventually replacing it. A tour of Cracow, according to Doroszuk, happens in Baudrillard’s dead time, in which nothing happens for real, events/information pile up continuously leading to satiation, thus questioning the opposition truth/fiction.

Project Istanbul 2005 Photostory includes over 2000 photographs documenting the artist’s visit in Turkey. It is a work of creating one’s own memory at the moment of releasing the shutter of your camera, memory written by photographs and replaced by them.

Questioning the existence of the fictional Land of Abundance is featured in Doroszuk’s film– El Dorado, a paradocumentary,  which tells a story of the disappointment experienced by the Poles who came to Switzerland in search of their paradise, got entangled in the spider web of prejudice related to Strangers, and found the problems and reality from which they had escaped.

A sabotage action A Post - Card from Istanbul  of 2005 consisted in putting into circulation post-card prepared by the artist which presented the dark and hidden side of the city – a tourist attraction, its less representative quarters, scrupulously separated from major tourist routes. Creating an image of the city – an illusion, exotic mirage for the sake of visitors - interests him mainly in the aspect of the alluring effect of media..

The quest for Lacan’s Real and hunger for authenticity constituted the foundations for the artist’s diploma work. In his video he takes us in a room in which we can see a dead body of a fat woman. Escaping the linguistic approach of here and now, the traumatic situation rendered in a detached way can be placed next to reality TV or snuff films available on the internet (registered by amateur camera in a live convention, showing the planned scenes of murders or rape) . Searching for what is really true leads to the multiplication of reality and obscenity.

Another area of the artist’s interests can be connected with this problem – a sphere of language. There are three films presented at the show. Subtitles relate to the research of the mechanisms functioning in Lascan’s symbolic sphere.Lunch, Lunch 2 and Picnic document meetings of foreigners who chat during meals. In Lunch each person speaks his/her native language which brings about the effect of the Babel Tower in the very last sequences in which a frame gets divided into more and more cells. In the second version the order of screening gets reversed, soundtrack gets distorted multiplying the overwhelming noise which mingles into a hyper realistic super language.  Another variation on the theme of the artificial universalisation of a language is a situation in which an international group during an idyllic picnic communicates in Polish language, incomprehensible for any of the participants. The film has English subtitles. The strangeness of the situation relates to the problem of what gets lost in translation from one language to another.

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Reisefieber, video, 2007, photo Marek Gardulski

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Reisefieber, video, 2007, photo Marek Gardulski

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Reisefieber, video, 2007, photo Marek Gardulski

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Reisefieber, video, 2007, photo Marek Gardulski

^ photo Agata Biskup

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Party, video, 2006

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Free Cracow tour, action in public space, 2005

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Picnic, video, 2005

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Picnic, video, 2005

^ Wojtek Doroszuk, Lunch, video, 2005

„(…) I am inspired by a phenomenon of „tourism”, the pleasure it is saturated with and “overrated” beauty which surrounds it; providing the evidence of “being here” and a sense of illusion which it carries. During my half - a - year stay in Istanbul I had a chance to take part in a sight - seeing tour of historical Constantinople. Our guide unfolded a vision of the tactic genius of the Ottoman rulers and specific, although popular in Turkey, perspective on the delicate issue of the Armenian holocaust 80 years ago. The circumstances of the tour, not because of factographic considerations, turned out to be a moment which directly defined the character of my successive works, and their reminiscences inscribe themselves into the genesis of my last projects. On one hand, Free Cracow Tour questions the authority of a guide as a complete source of knowledge, an initiator of the mystery of humanizing a strange social space, its history and rituals (which he will never trust completely), whereas on the other hand, in an exaggerated and extracted form it builds space by means of tourist experience, which does not really exist – a phantom city, quasi reality in which “fact”, “truth” and “information” become relative and flicker with their poles. However, we do not care. We have no time for it. We take photographs and continue our run.

 (…) Being from „there” and possibility/impossibility of communication in a situation when nobody is from „here” is discussed by a film triptych realized in IstanbulLunch, Lunch[2] and Picnic. Lunch documents a meeting (during lunch) of eight people representing various nationalities. Having a meal together they carry a loose conversation. After a while we realize that the discussion and understanding is an illusion, to say the least. None of 6 people uses a universal language understood by others. In the noise you can distinguish Spanish, Turkish, German, Danish, Romanian and Polish. In the second part of the film the picture is divided into to screens, then 4, 16, 64, and sound gets melted in “the universal noise”.  Version [2] ‘universalises’ a compositional situation of sequences which run backwards. Picnic, a logical consequence of Lunch, leads to a situation in which an international group “communicates” using a foreign language, not understood by any participants. It is Polish. The meaning of statements is built after the established conventional order and the film has English (universal) subtitles, and it is the only chance to understand the contents of the pronounced statements. Non-linear scenery of the sunbathed clearing, colour balloons, fruit, cake etc. put together with very broken Polish endow the whole situation with a surrealistic dimension. On the other hand, in this realization I tried to emphasise a problem of using a foreign (although universalized) linguistic code which results in a multiplicity of distortions in the sphere of communication. In practice an attempt to avoid them results in reducing a linguistic relation to a convention".


Wojtek Doroszuk, Tourist Attractions Free Cracow Tour, project and its genesis





"The idea of the project (Postcards from Istanbul, 2005) originated in 2005 when Doroszuk received a scholarship and went to Istanbul. The local university organized a sight - seeing trip for the students. The guide did not know that they were the students of political sciences and artists and was telling them untrue stories about the history of the country. Doroszuk was offered a false picture of the past so he decided – contrary to what he did in Cracow – to offer the city its truth. He printed post - cards with the major monuments of history and installed them secretly on the stalls with souvenirs. Instead of a traditional inscription at the back, he offered information in a tiny print about the danger of terrorism, high level of pollution, illegal immigration, prostitution, honorary murders etc. The majority of people arriving in Istanbul run away from poverty in the country and growing violence in the East, many of them come from the occupied Kurd territories. 1400 people arrive there every day, 43000 every month, over half a million a year of poor hungry people. Doroszuk hoped that his post-cards would reach Korea. The reaction of local people was important. The leading professor of the Sabanci University questioned Doroszuk’s project. He said that the artist, as a foreigner, did not have right to do such things.

- They refuse to tell us the truth about the city because we are from the outside, have a status of a stranger. In spite of that I am here and now, in the city which has quarters of incredible poverty (Balat) or gigantic red light quarter (Laleli) and have no right to refer to reality. I am to watch the past only, a historical city. In this respect Istanbul – just like Cracow – is a very façade city. I could not move from a status of an observer to a status of a participant – says Doroszuk".


M. Branicka, Artysta na wycieczce, „Art&Business”, nr 11/2006, ss. 53-54.


Wojtek Doroszuk

b.1980, Głogów, Poland

2001 – 2006 studied painting under Andrzej Bednarczyk and at an interdisciplinary studio under Zbigniew Sałaj and Grzegorz Sztwiertnia  at the Painting Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow

2005 received a scholarship to study at the Sabanci University in Istanbul

2005 – 2006 he was holder of scholarship from the Minister of Culture

lives and works in Krakow


selected solo exhibition:



Reisefieber, Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkie Sztuki, Krakow, PL

Subtitles, Fundation  F.A.I.T. Gallery, Krakow, PL


selected group exhibition:



‘Cattodica 2’ international exhibition,  LipanjePuntin Gallery, Teatro Miela, Triest, I

Elképzelések egy fiktív akadémiáról / Models for a Fictional Academy, Barcsay Hall, Hungarian University of Fine Arts , Budapest, HU

Video Festival  ‘Rzym Cracovia’, Fundation F.A.I.T Gallery, Krakow, PL; Container Gallery, Rome, I

ASP.KRK.RAS.LDN. Młodzi Brytyjczycy, młodzi Polacy; Nowy Wiśnicz, PL

Sztuka w służbie lewaków ( in ‘Bad News’ cycle curated by: Magdalena Ujma i Joanna Zielińska), Kronika Gallery, Bytom, PL

Die Vergänglichkeit des Schönen, International Video Festival, Goerlitz, D .

Nie lękajcie się! Religijność i Dewocja, six private apartments in Warsaw, Warsaw, PL

El Dorado Festival, Łaźnia Nowa Theater,  Krakow, PL

Nasze najgorsze zdjęcia, Galeria Fundacji F.A.I.T Gallery, Krakow, PL

Języki obce, BWA Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej, Wroclaw, PL



W Samym Centrum Uwagi [2], CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL

IN OUT Festival, CSW Łaźnia, Gdansk, PL

Change/Przemiana, ernst+gladiola - Netzwerk für Interkulturelle Kommunikation; Poczdam, D; Wroclaw, Krakow, PL

(Re)prezentacja, Le Lieu, Quebec, CA

Bez problemu, Otwarta Pracownia, Krakow, PL

Ładnie? O ładnym…, Młyn nr 2. ‘Ziarno’, Krakow, PL


Szara Strefa / Grey Zon, Platan Gallery, Budapest, H

Urbanistyka Lwowa, Academy of Fine Arts in Lwow, Pałac Sztuk, Lwow, UA


[Translated by Małgorzata Sady]


Media Patrons of the exhibition:
Gazeta Wyborcza, TVP 3 Kraków,, /, Le Monde diplomatique, Tygodnik Powszechny, Radio TOK FM, OBIEG, TVP KULTURA,,, Fundacja Nowej Kultury Bęc Zmiana.



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