Pawel Wylag and Ake Zorn
Artists / Creative Duo

Paweł Wyląg and Ake Zorn – creative duo making photos, photographic installations and video works. Even before they met, each of the artists was known to a wider audience – Wyląg, as a photographer working in the fashion and advertising industry, and Zorn, as an exhibition curator, currently: stage designer. For them to work as a duo is a kind of collision – of extremely different practices and aesthetics. Their work style is based on the Dada tradition, playing with the random, at random. They often use found elements, giving them a new context and thus new meanings. The leitmotif of their work is a process-oriented approach to photography. They document phenomena on the border of mass culture, art and design.

The “Totems” (2020) photo series verges on surrealism, but also the Dada tradition and random play – featuring everyday objects and an egg. The latter is a carrier of processual meanings, and constant visual-logical expressions, which examine the multitude of spatial-temporal relationships. Totem refers to the heritage of modernity and cultural colonization; it is like a looping cargo-cult ritual that exists outside place and time; but also like a mysterious ritual of a tribe – the same tribe that continues to build up its tradition, even if perhaps it never actually existed.

The second series, titled “House creatures” (2020) is an exercise in addition and subtraction. On the one hand, the record deprives the furniture of its utilitarian function – on the other hand, providing it with new meanings and aesthetic values. The photographs document the absurd process of empowering and domesticating a piece of furniture in an intimate space. We are interested in a piece of furniture as a sculpture, in associated rituals of possessing and hiding, but also in its temporariness, its bowels, viscera and emotions subjected to oppressive control.

Pawel Wylag and Ake Zorn
Artists / Creative Duo

Paweł Wyląg and Ake Zorn – creative duo making photos, photographic installations and video works. Even before they met, each of the artists was known to a wider audience – Wyląg, as a photographer working in the fashion and advertising industry, and Zorn, as an exhibition curator, currently: stage designer. For them to work as a duo is a kind of collision – of extremely different practices and aesthetics. Their work style is based on the Dada tradition, playing with the random, at random. They often use found elements, giving them a new context and thus new meanings. The leitmotif of their work is a process-oriented approach to photography. They document phenomena on the border of mass culture, art and design.

The “Totems” (2020) photo series verges on surrealism, but also the Dada tradition and random play – featuring everyday objects and an egg. The latter is a carrier of processual meanings, and constant visual-logical expressions, which examine the multitude of spatial-temporal relationships. Totem refers to the heritage of modernity and cultural colonization; it is like a looping cargo-cult ritual that exists outside place and time; but also like a mysterious ritual of a tribe – the same tribe that continues to build up its tradition, even if perhaps it never actually existed.

The second series, titled “House creatures” (2020) is an exercise in addition and subtraction. On the one hand, the record deprives the furniture of its utilitarian function – on the other hand, providing it with new meanings and aesthetic values. The photographs document the absurd process of empowering and domesticating a piece of furniture in an intimate space. We are interested in a piece of furniture as a sculpture, in associated rituals of possessing and hiding, but also in its temporariness, its bowels, viscera and emotions subjected to oppressive control.

  • Hannah Villiger
    Apr 3 – Jul 22, 2024
    Centre Pompidou
    Paris, France
    Bringing together around 100 works and documents from the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne and the Estate of Hannah Villiger foundation, this monographic exhibition dedicated to Swiss artist Hannah Villiger is the first of its kind in France. It pays homage to an artistic practice that oscillated between sculpture, photography and spatial architecture, beginning in the early 1970s and evolving until the mid-1990s. (more…)
  • Danielle Dean: Out of this World
    Apr 13 – Jun 15, 2024
    Mercer Union
    Toronto, Canada
    Drawing from archival records and materials like film and advertising, British-American artist Danielle Dean produces bold environments to ground and enliven her research-based projects. Her multidisciplinary practice examines historical representations and contemporary conditions of labour, racialized identity, and popular culture through projects that are often produced collaboratively with community members whose experiences bring crucial perspective to the work. (more…)
  • Zheng Chongbin: Immeasurable Things
    Mar 21 – Jun 1, 2024
    Galerie du Monde
    Hong Kong
    Zheng Chongbin’s (b.1961 in Shanghai; lives in San Francisco) visual philosophy form ties between phenomenology and New Materialism. Zheng’s hybrid practice of painting, video and light space installation investigate the spectrum of perception through the experience of self and being. Presented at gdm Hong Kong is an installation showcasing an intertwined and destabilized space, where the boundaries between human, technology and environment blur. (more…)
  • RAY Echoes. Emotion
    May 3 – Sep 1, 2024
    Museum Angewandte Kunst
    Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    For decades, the art institutions and collections in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region have been home to a remarkable density and expertise in the field of photography and related media. Following on from the first four successful editions of RAY the Triennial of Photography, eleven cooperating institutions are once again joining forces to make this focus internationally visible. With exhibitions, numerous events, and a three-day festival on the triennial theme of ECHOES, RAY offers a multifaceted exploration of photography. (more…)