SomoS proudly presents a special June 21st 2017 Summer solstice reception featuring a work presentation, book launch and artist talk by current Artist-in-Residence, conceptual artist Kama Sokolnicka (PL), marking the conclusion of her creative sojourn at SomoS.
Kama Sokolnicka’s book project “The Glare” summarizes the current Berlin period of her work. It incorporates a wealth of diverse philosophical and sociological inspirations, a veritable mental montage merging such diverse themes as cosmological solar symbolics; capitalism’s destructive impact on natural sleep; and philosophical figures such as “The Fold” and “Ambiguous Perception.”
Always having been fascinated by the use of voice-over in cinema, “The Glare” constitutes for Kama the opportunity to construct such a floating, disembodied and associative “voice-over track” to her oeuvre in the form of a book and sound recording.
Metaphysical, sober and poetic in nature, Sokolnicka’s installations, drawings, collages and paintings are developed within an associative conceptual mental framework which applies the principles of montage. Grounded in themes ranging from philosophy to cosmology and sociology, “The Glare” conceptually bridges research, inspiration, commentary and production. It includes, as she puts it, “the freedom of making digressions, mistakes, of using misunderstanding as a possible way of knowledge, or a tool towards it.” The aim being “to (re)discover the incredible force and necessity of poetry.”
About the artist
Kama Sokolnicka graduated in 2003 from the graphic arts faculty at Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, Poland. She enjoyed artistic residencies at La Malterie, Lille (2013), OMI, New York (2013), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2016) and SomoS (2017). She received a grant of the Ministry of Culture & National Heritage, Poland. Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art, Łódź and Ujazdowski Castle CCA, Warsaw.
She presented her work in solo exhibitions at institutions and galleries such as the Polish Institute, Düsseldorf; Progress Gallery, Paris; MWW Contemporary Museum Wrocław; Museum of Architecture, Wrocław, and took part in group shows at Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Kunstmuseum Bochum; Museum of Modern Art, Warszawa; Beit Ha’ir, Tel Aviv; Liverpool Biennial (among others).
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