Sunday Screening – 17/02 @ Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris
Elisabeth Sussman on Joanna Malinowska in the current issue of Art in America 2013 :
Born in Gdynia, Poland, in 1972, Malinowska came to the U.S. in 1994. Attending Rutgers University, she majored in art but was also keenly interested in cultural anthropology. After graduating from Rutgers in 1998, she went on to receive her MFA from Yale in 2001. Over the past dozen years, throughout a diverse practice that crosses mediums – from video to monumental sculpture and installation – she has maintained a consistent interest in cultures that are not her own – beyond any boundary.
Malinowska cultivates both the mystical and the musical. Her fascination with mid-20th-century European modernism extends to music, particularly that of the French avant-garde composer Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992). In a 2008 video, she cast a character as Jesus Christ listening to the performance of a piece by Messiaen, who had composed it as a religious meditation.
Malinowska has brought that otherness into a confrontation with modernist Western art. Sometimes the clash of cultures is palpable, with a touch of the absurd. At the 2012 Whitney Biennial, she contributed a Duchampian bottle rack made of animal tusks, and a video in which Joseph Beuys and Hugo Ball appear to her in a vision brought on by drinking an Amazonian potion.
Galerie Odile Ouizeman
12 Rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais