Nicolas Grospierre: Embassy

Exhibition

The Embassy project is a semi-fictional semi-documentary series of photographs of an embassy of an Eastern European country of the former COMECON.

Thursday 4 April, 7:00 pm — Friday 10 May 2013, 7:00 pm

Platan Gallery

The Embassy project is a semi-fictional semi-documentary series of photographs of an embassy of an Eastern European country of the former COMECON. The photographs were indeed all taken in a real Eastern European unused embassy, however it has been chosen to modify slightly some of them, in order to produce confusion in the viewer’s mind as to wether what he is watching is true or not. The viewer is thus invited in a slightly Kafkaesque journey through empty offices which become more and more claustrophobic and unreal. In a reference to the Cold War diplomatic habits of manipulation, as well as to the former soviet bloc’s use of photomontage, these photographs are seeminlgly documentary, ergo objective, whereas in reality the viewer will never know if what he sees is true or not, truthful or manipulated.

Opening of the exhibition: on Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 7 p.m.

Opening speech by Levente Polyák, urbanist, Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre

 

Nicolas Grospierre. Photographer. Born in 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland. Resides permanently in Warsaw.
Nicolas Grospierre holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris and in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics. He has settled in Warsaw, but travels all over the world with his socially-aware, critical works of art and photography.
Grospierre has become best-known for his photographs of architectural sites, principally modernist structures, treated as relics of a recent past.
In 2008 Grospierre was invited to show a series of photographs at the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Grzegorz Piątek and Jarosław Trybuś. This series was entitled "Polonia Hotel - The Afterlife of Buildings", which was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award.

Awards, grants, residencies
2009 - Prize of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland
2008 - Artistic Residency at Location 1, NYC
2008 - Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale for best National participation
2011 - prestiguous Polityka "Passport" Award - the biggest Weekly Magazine in Poland

Selected solo exhibitions:
2013
- Embassy, Platan Gallery, Budapest
2012
- The city, which does not exist, Bunkier Sztuk, Cracow
- Axonometry, Alarcon Criado gallery, Sevilla
2011
- The Bank, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
- The Picture which grows, Fundacja Archeologii Fotografii, Warsaw
- Lost in Architecture, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space, Chengdu, China
- K-Pool i spółka, Galeria pf, Poznań
- Paper Planes, Phase 2, London
- One Thousand Doors, No Exit, The Graham Foundation, Chicago
2010
- T A T T A R R A T T A T, Signum Foundation, Venice
- The Glass Trap, site specific installation with the Raster Gallery, Warsaw
2009
- Kunstkamera, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- The Bank, Location 1, NYC
- The Self–FulfillingImage, Cueto Project, NYC
2008
- Disco Zacheta (Hotel Polonia), Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw
- Hotel Polonia (with K. Laksa) Polish Pavilion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale
- Hydroklinika, Ecco — Espaco Cultural Contemporaneo, Brasilia
- Hydroklinika, The Artist’s House, Jerusalem
2007
- Biblioteka, University of Warsaw Library
- Mauzoleum (with Olga Mokrzycka) with Raster Gallery, Warsaw
2006
- Biblioteka, In–situ exhibition with the CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2005
- Hydroklinika, Polish Architects Association Pavilion, Warsaw
2004
- Lithuanian Bus Stops, Rebell Minds Gallery, Berlin
- Lithuanian Bus Stops, Teatr Academia, Warsaw
- Portraying Communities: Kamionka, French–German Institute, Aachen
- Portraying Communities: Podgórze, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2003
- Portraying Communities: Kamionka, Academia Theater, Warsaw

Selected group exhibitions
2013
- Warsaw. The Day After..., Vartai Gallery, Vilnius
- Politics: I do not like it, but it likes me, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
2012
The Elevated, National Museum, Warsaw
2011
- SKONTRUM, National Museum of Sculpture Królikarnia, Warsaw
- Enclave, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- Something That Comes. Architecture of XXI Century, National Library, Warsaw
- Enclave, NCCA, Kaliningrad
- Plundering the Ruins of Reality, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
2010
- Dreams (un)real, Avant-guarde Institute, Warsaw
- Fitting in Sapce, Zico House and 98 weeks project, Beirut
- Modernizacion, PHOTOESPANA, Cuenca
- NineteenEightyfour, Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC
2009
- Awake and Dream, Signum Foundation, Palazzo Dona, Venice
- Nieodkryte Niewypowiedziane, Teatr Nowy, Warsaw
- Przypadkowe Przyjemności, BWA Katowice
- Take a look at me now, Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, Norwich
2008
- Bloody Beautiful, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam
- In a contradictory city, Galeria Manhattan, Łódź
- Red Eye Effect. Polish Photography of the 21st Century, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- Where the East Ends, Nassauischer Kunsvterein, Wiesbaden
2007
- Concrete Legacy, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
- The Memory of this Moment…, former Schindler factory, Cracow
2006
- The New Documentalists, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2005
- Die Nacht ist meine Welt, Rebell Minds Gallery, Berlin
- Young Polish Art, Polish Embassy, Tokyo
2004
- Lithuanian Bus Stops, Rebell Minds Gallery, Berlin
- Lithuanian Bus Stops, Teatr Academia, Warsaw
- Portraying Communities: Kamionka, French–German Institute, Aachen
- Portraying Communities: Podgórze, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
2003
- BRONorblin, Norblin Museum, Warsaw
- Neighbours for Neighbours, Academia Theater, Warsaw
2002
- Block–Neighbourhood–Apartment, Raster Gallery, Warsaw

 

http://www.grospierre.art.pl/