Repose, vol. 1

We shall rest, sketch and open to want.

Żubrowa 15
Krakow, Poland
18:00 17 June - 21 June 2015
Curator Agnieszka Kilian

We invite you to the first session of non-activity (non-labour). The first part will take place in an abandoned forest café – in the green areas near Krakow.

Repose is a caprice, an experience derived from the combination of two phrases: Melleville’s “I’d rather not to” and Goncharov’s “He didn’t know what he wanted, but he did know what he didn’t want”. We are interested in slowness, lying fallow, in a state when “I should” changes into “I could want”. 

“I could want” takes place during a walk, a breakfast, when one is with others and when one is alone; when making sketches, when trying. In the contemporary rigour of art production and residencies, such moments barely exist. This is why Repose refers to the distant, old cousin of residencies – A House of Creative Work. This place and situation exposes all the ambivalence of creative work; on the one hand, there is desistance, tearing the love for work away from one’s heart, on the other hand, there is the rest colonised by the spectre of work – a non-idle idleness. Repose is a need of suspension, but also of a non-obvious relation between work and a break, of suspension in the imposed rigour of the particular kind of production, work completed with a product, an action that can be ascribed to a particular person. Yet, we do all this with the awareness that what is productive and what is not productive remain a matter of agreement/negotiation. It is being captured in the circulation of work and “non-work”. 

Invited artists: Freja Bäckman, Paweł Brożyński, Cristina David, Krzysztof Maniak, Mateusz Kula, Rudolf Samohejl, Jaro Varga.

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Repose is a need of suspension, but also of a non-obvious relation between work and a break.

Curator Agnieszka Kilian