September 19 - October 9, 2016
Assaf Gruber – this autumn's artist-in-residence
Assaf Gruber and the POLIN Museum, will carry out a project whose starting point will be warehouses located in Wólka Kosowska near Warsaw, full of goods from Asia. This center of wholesale trade, the largest in Central and Eastern Europe, was founded by Chinese businessmen in the early 1990s. It is a place where Polish post-1989 capitalism spawned, reminiscent of the iconic 10th-Anniversary Stadium (also known as Jarmark Europa, Europa Bazaar). The multiculturalism of Wólka Kosowska reminds the Israeli artist of the first Jewish newcomers in Poland, who – due to economic reasons – were merchants.
A meeting with Assaf Gruber during which the artist will shed some light on the concept of his Warsaw project will be held at POLIN Museum on October 8 at 6 PM. The conversation with the artist will be moderated by sociologist and cultural expert Dr. hab. Jan Sowa.
The meeting will held be in English, with simultaneous translation into Polish.
More about the artist
Assaf Gruber graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) in Paris and the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent. In 2012 he was an artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. He is a scholarship winner of Berlin's Akademie der Künste. He presented his works in solo exhibitions at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and Eigen+ Art Lab in Berlin, as well as the Berlinale International Film Festival and the Festival of Art in Public Space – Open City in Lublin.
The activity “Open Museum – Education in Action” is carried out within the project “Jewish Cultural Heritage”, component “Faces of Diversity”. Supported from the Norway and EEA Grants by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.