Katarzyna Majak: Im-Placement

Exhibition

Being in an orchard is not only a return to family life, but also to an eternal being, or the one toward eternity. Katarzyna Majak is planning to build an installation which would remind her of her childhood experiences.

Wednesday 28 March, 7:00 pm — Friday 18 May 2012

Platan Gallery

Budapest, VI. Andrássy út 32.

Katarzyna Majak: Im-Placement

Opening of the exhibiton: 28 March (Wednesday), 7 p. m.

Opening speech by: Gabriella Csizek , curator, Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House

Dance performance by Batarita.

Being in an orchard is not only a return to family life, but also to an eternal being, or the one toward eternity. Katarzyna Majak is planning to build an installation which would remind her of her childhood experiences.

"When does it happen? When does an orchard no longer remain simply an orchard, especially when time has passed since its extermination?

It is still alive although it is not only an orchard. It becomes some sort of human being, who remembers it and would like to regain it, or to return it to someone after many years…

What used to be the orchard is me today – ‘only’ such a change…

What exactly is orchard? - what I recall, and what I reject. Orchard defines me, and I do not wish to be defined. Orchard is trying to put down my roots, and I do not wish to wander.  I would like it to be as intangible as breath. Then anything maybe saved, even if nothing remains. Therefore the orchard is transformed, transformed by me, with me.

Orchard – seemingly not rooted, but maybe thus more ‘orchardised’, as it had to live in my memory, breathe my breath, swell up within my blood, mature within my desire. How could I renounce it? Deny it? It still exists. Nomadic orchard – myself. This is the very nature of the meeting – it transforms to rescue.”

(text from the catalogue, Wozownia Art Gallery, 2008)

Katarzyna Majak - A visual artist, a writer on photography, and a curator with a PhD from University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. A recipient of a scholarship from a Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colorado, and  Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2011); a finalist of 2011 Critical Mass in Portland. She was an artist-in-residence at WomanKraft Gallery in Tucson, Arizona and participated in "Florida - First Contact" project at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. Her works were selected for “Photographers:network Selection 2010” and for 31 Women in Art Photography (for an exhibition in New York in July 2011), her works have been published in ‘The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2,’ (2010), she won “Optical: Staged” competition to have a show at Raandesk Gallery in New York (2011). Her works have been exhibited at artxwomen at A.A. Fair in Los Angeles, Museum of Cinematography in Lodz, Chelsea Art Museum in New York, Zamek Art Center Poznan, CCA Elektrownia among others. Sits on editorial board of ‘Fotografia’ quarterly – a Polish printed photomagazine where she is a regular contributor. She also cooperates with and 1000 Photography Magazine, “Format", ”Fototapeta” and other photo and art magazines. Wrote an introductory essay to LAB EAST- a book on 30 Eastern European photographers (2010), catalogues, conferences, Poznan Photo Biennial. She is represented by Porter/Contemporary Gallery New York, and Ego Gallery Poland.

Katarzyna Majak