Dana Arieli is an Israeli artist exploring in her photography work the relations between art and politics, both in totalitarian systems as well as in democracies. She has been working on her project Phantoms since 2009 documenting the remains of fallen regimes. Mocak's library holds the exhibition of her photographs from the project Polish Phantom. It consists of five segments: Warsaw, Nowa Huta, Kraków, Auschwitz and Kielce. The artist photographed objects, spaces and places tied to the WWII period and People's Republic of Poland. Displayed are also the photographs taken in 14 other countries, mainly Germany, Russia, Italy and eastern Asia. Arieli refers in her art to the notion known in medicine as phantom pain, which patients often experience in an amputated limb. The idea is to describe the discomfort caused by the nonexisting systems, and human helplessness when faced with the ethical challenges posed by totalitarian systems. Her art depicts human moral failure and questions human awareness of the heritage of these systems within the visual culture in the present time. The exhibition is designed to be an interactive experience - visitors are encouraged to leave comments on the provided computers.
Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 11:00-19:00, Thu, Fri 11:00-21:00, Closed Mon.Jun 282019
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