Polish Cultural Institute New York in partnership with the Undercurrent, the Lithuanian Culture Institute, the Consulate General of Estonia in New York, Arts Council Malta in New York, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA present:
10001 / Collaborative Project Unveiling
Sept 11 2020, 1pm ET
New York, NY September 8, 2020: join us for a live unveiling of the final six projects created by 12 European Union Artists. In collaboration with Undercurrent and the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s New York Cluster, we have guided the creative and collaborative process between 12 artists, who were strangers at first and over the last six weeks they have developed collaborative vision to reimagine NYC post March 20, 2020. To follow each team’s story please visit 10001.undercurrent.nyc
As a gathering space for plural nations, cultures, languages, and beliefs, New York’s internationalist energy has flowed into the makeup of the artists in “10001.” Their practices range from moving and still visual and performing arts to music composition and film. Participating artists include: Anna Bera (Poland), Alex Camilleri (Malta), Mariella Cassar-Cordina (Malta), Saddie Choua (Flanders, Belgium), Nicola Ginzel (Austria), Justyna Górowska (Poland), Ada Van Hoorebeke (Flanders, Belgium), Ieva Mediodia (Lithuania), Luisa Muhr (Austria), Kira Nova (Lithuania), Jonas Tarm (Estonia), and Terttu Uibopuu (Estonia).
Justyna Górowska an interdisciplinary artist creating projects on the border of art, technology and social activities, exploring the relationship between the artist’s individuality and the broad socio-political context and other areas of life. Born in 1988, she is based in Skawa in the Western Beskid mountains. Górowska won the first prize in the 7th edition of the Samsung Art Master competition at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (2010) and Grand Prix at the Festival of Young Arts ‘Przeciąg’ in Szczecin (2011). Her works have been presented in major art institutions, at international art fairs and festivals, for instance at CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Milan, National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta, and at MOCAK in Kraków, as well as at the Inspirations Festival in Szczecin and the International Performance Festival RIAP in Quebec. www.justynagorowska.com
Anna Bera is a furniture designer and an artist who founded The Whole Elements (2014), a design studio and a wood workshop based in Warsaw. Dedicated to creating furniture pieces, often crafted by hand from wood, the brand is notable for its bridging of art and design, with inspiration coming from Bera’s observations of the relationship between humans and nature — from a biological, spiritual and cultural perspective. With particular focus on texture and sensory richness, The Whole Elements production process goes hand in hand with the brand’s workshop where all of Bera’s projects are implemented. As an artist, woodcarver and carpenter, Anna creates wooden furniture pieces, mainly storages and cabinets crafted by hand in limited editions or as one-offs. As an artist, woodcarver and carpenter, Anna creates wooden furniture pieces, mainly storages and cabinets crafted by hand in limited editions or as one-offs. Her designs refer to forms drawn from the world of nature. www.thewholeelements.com
“10001” was launched by Undercurrent and co-organized by the European Union National Institutes of Culture’s New York Cluster. This project was initiated by the Lithuanian Culture Institute and the Consulate General of Estonia in New York and co-organized by Undercurrent and Arts Council Malta in New York, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
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Visual Arts and Design Programming
Undercurrent, defined as a body of water below the surface and moving in a different direction from any surface current, is a dedicated exhibition platform for art aiming to support contemporary art practices that are contrary to prevailing trends and movements. We showcase local and international contemporary artists with an inclusive subprogram of artists and creative entities of the Baltic countries. This exchange augments our mission by providing a switchback, for a diverse and accessible platform distilling cultural perspectives in New York City.
Undercurrent focuses to represent, reflect, and identify aesthetic, emotional, and philosophical complexities in the arts of our time as they are present in painting, sculpture, mixed media, film, word, and sound. We intend to highlight the existence of multilayered, multi-polar systems operating today, which can radiate openness, vulnerability, and self-reflection simultaneously.
European Union National Institutes for Culture
EUNIC – European Union National Institutes for Culture – is the European network of organizations engaging in cultural relations. Together with our partners, we bring to life European cultural collaboration in more than 90 countries worldwide with a network of over 120 clusters, drawing on the broad experience of our members from all EU Member States and associate countries.
EUNIC advocates a prominent role of culture in international relations and is a strategic partner of the EU, actively involved in the further definition of European cultural policy. EUNIC is a platform for knowledge sharing and for capacity building amongst its members and partners.
The Polish Cultural Institute New York was founded in 2000. It is a diplomatic mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, operating in the area of public diplomacy. The PCI is one of 25 such institutes around the world. The Institute’s mission is to disseminate around the world comprehensive knowledge of Poland, Polish history and national heritage, as well as to promote Poland’s contemporary contributions to the success of world culture. The Institute does so through initiating, supporting and promoting collaboration between Poland and the United States in the areas of art, education, research and in many other aspects of intellectual and social life. The Institute’s main task to ensure Polish participation in the programming of America’s most important cultural institutions as well as in large international initiatives.
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