Alternativa International Contemporary Visual Art Festival / Wyspa Institute of Art Gdansk /
Estrangement is curated by Aneta Szylak and Hiwa K.
Work Hüseyin Karakaya Para Stigma "Pohle" 9/2011
Materials: refrigerator (working) / books from Mönchengladbach & archive footage of the Gdańsk Shipyard / lashings(4000kg pull) / broken beer bottles, beer smell (labels "strong", "harder" 7% alcohol, mostly drunken by the poor & workers in Poland )
The title of this installation relates to an inscription made by hand on the metal door of a boiler room in a house at 13 Rathaus Street 13 in Monchengladbach. With a yellow crayon somebody wrote Pohle with an 'h'. In a 'better' district I found two boxes full of books. In Mönchengladbach they throw out waste paper once a month. Based on the books contained in these boxes I imagined a Pole who came to Germany to study medicine and now gives his ainly Polish - books away to waste paper. It was an accidental find and yet, for me, it constituted an important step towards an analysis of the city atmosphere and exhibition rooms. The rooms I came-upon inthe exhibition space were squalid and littered. And I was convinced that I would find traces of this atmosphere in many places of tbe city. I found a fridge in front of the Abteiberg Museum (a high one, with'a freezer), also put out on the street, to be scrapped. Iwas dejected by the fact that there was still some foodstuff in the fridge. Slowly, thanks to these materials found on . .the street and a specific·status of
the rooms, the installation developed into an exhibition site.
Alternativa 1 / Estrangement
This book is a spinoff of the Estrangement exhibition that took place at the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdansk, Poland, in May – September 2011. The exhibition is, in turn, an off-shoot of the eponymous art project that developed since 2008, bridging Eastern and Western Europe and Iraqi Kurdistan. Polish curator, Aneta Szyłak and Kurdish artist, Hiwa K, are the initiators of this endeavour. (…) This book is a multi-disciplinary – inevitable incomplete and possibly uncompletable – reflection in the notion of estrangement. In order to be faithful to the very nature of the concept that produces it, the Reader takes inspiration from Szyłak’s and Hiwa K’s project while also betraying it in relation to some of the directions it takes.*
*from the introduction by Francesca Recchia
Contributors: Sara Ahmed, Akkas al-Ali, Cihat Arinc, Swietłana Boym, John Cage, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Hiwa K, Kabir, Elżbieta Matynia, Diane E.King, Francesca Recchia, Wiktor Szkłowski, Aneta Szyłak, Leire Vergara
Editor: Francesca Recchia
Supervising editor of Alternativa Editions: Krzysztof Gutfrański
Design and typesetting: Tomasz Bersz i Marian Misiak
take me home
Maryam Jafri, Hiwa K, Hüseyin Karakaya, Sener Ozmen, Joanna Rajkowska, Maureen Connor, Köken Ergun, Grzegorz Klaman, Joanna Malinowska, Ekta Mittal & Yashaswini Raghunandan, Ines Moreira, Pilvi Takala, Zorka Wollny & Anna Szwajgier, Mariusz Waras, Artur Żmijewski a.o