Artur Zmijewski - Trembling Bodies Book 22555
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Artur Zmijewski - Trembling Bodies Book 22555
'Trembling bodies' is an anthology of Artur Żmijewski's conversations with Polish artists related to the 'critical art' movement, such as Paweł Althamer, Jacek Adamas, Katarzyna Grna, Andrzej Karaś, Grzegorz Klaman, Grzegorz Kowalski, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zbigniew Libera, Jacek Markiewicz, Joanna Rajkowska, Monika Zielińska. 352 pages with many b/w images.

These conversations, conducted between 1993 and 2004, express radical artistic positions analyzed through the lens of everyday-life, and social and political transformations. This corpus of texts appears as a major document relating the evolutions of Polish art from the 1990s to the present. Żmijewski is not a neutral interlocutor: he expects and provokes proofs and explanations, like an investigator. He is seeking the very explosive material that enabled 'critical art' - the only cultural movement in post-communist Poland - to openly confront our own social imaginations. Żmijewski's book appears as a friendly farewell to 'critical art', and as a will to formulate a new program of artistic actions, described by the author in his manifesto Applied Social Arts.

Trembling bodies contains also texts by Ariane Beyn, Stanisław Ruksza and conversation by Sebastian Cichocki with Artur Żmijewski.