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Habitat – Monika Sosnowska (Polish Artist) + Refractions by Robert Morris

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  • Monika Sosnowska (born 1972 in Ryki, Poland)

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    Monika Sosnowska: Habitat at Contemporary Austin, Jones Center
    November 22, 2016 – February 26, 2017

    A fallen oak thrusts branches to the sky,
    Like a huge building, from which overgrown
    Protrude the broken shafts and walls o’erthrown.
    —Adam Mickiewicz1

    There is perhaps no stronger iconography of the Polish landscape than its forests, laden with beauty and witness to great atrocities. The ruinous trees illustrated by the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz refer to the Białowieża Forest, a vast, dark, and mythical forest, or puszcza, on the border between Poland and Belarus. As Mickiewicz’s words portray images of curved, bent, and broken branches—whose entangled forms evoke crumbling buildings and memories of past battles—so trees become metaphorical carriers of memory in the landscape. But Mickiewicz’s words could just as easily describe the work of Monika Sosnowska (Polish, born 1972 in Ryki, Poland). Based in Warsaw since 2000, Sosnowska lives across the street from another forest, this one home to a Jewish cemetery that was destroyed during the Second World War, as the Germans used its headstones for construction works. Shortly thereafter, the Polish people planted many of the trees that compose the current woods and began an initiative to restore the cemetery to its previous state, a project that continues today.

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  • Here is another Polish artist Monika Gryzmala who works in Germany.
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  • Robert Morris ‘Refractions’
    at Sprüth Magers Berlin
    22 November 16 – 14 January 17

    (Merci Pascal Blanchard )

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