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//Politics in Art//

Politics in Art

28.04.2022 - 26.02.2023


In the past, art served the purpose of bolstering political power –today it is a tool for questioning and holding authority to account. Once, artists used their talent to support the political system of the day. Today, they have become perspicacious and critical observers of the political scene and are active participants in opposition.

The relationship between politics and art goes back a long way. For centuries, religion was part of the arrangement; for rulers and politicians it was the means of gaining control over hearts and minds. In some countries religion continues to back politics, with a doubly demoralising effect.

The exhibition Politics in Art presents – in six sections – the sceptical and critical approach of contemporary artists to the actions of those in power, exposing the artifice and mendacity of political strategies. It demonstrates that in the name of ambition, the desire to remain in power and the feeding of the dictatorial ego, politicians are capable of lying, manipulation and murder. Artists oppose this, both as critics and as soldiers.

  • Opposition and Protest – artistic manifestation of social and political views, and opposition to unethical behaviour of those in power. In extreme situations – such as the war in Ukraine – artists join in the fight.
  • Subverting Systems and Borders – questioning existing divisions and proposing – often utopian – ideas for political change and revolution.
  • Democracy and Its Corruption – identifying the ideal political model, realised through civil liberty and the right to vote, while pointing out its distortions.
  • Nationalism – warning against the reprehensible conviction that the assumed superiority of one’s own nation justifies contempt for and aggression towards others.
  • European Union – concern for the stability of the European Community in the era of migration, Brexit and the imperialist military aggression of Russia.
  • Political Mediality – exposing the role of the mass media in shaping political views, and their potential for the manipulation of information. Protest against muzzling of the media.

Politics in Art is the 10th exhibition in the flagship MOCAK series, in which we combine art with the most important civilisational concepts. Each exhibition presents a variety of artistic interpretations of a given theme. Politics in Art has been confronted with a tragic time when political ambitions have turned into a crime.

Building A, level 0
Exhibition date:
28.04.2022 - 26.02.2023
Opening date:
28.04.2022 at 6 pm
Michał Adamski
Paweł Althamer
Andrej Anro | Andrey Anro
Alpin Arda Bağcık
Mirosław Bałka
Krzysztof M. Bednarski
Marcin Berdyszak
Jerzy Bereś
Andrij Bojarov
Maciej Cholewa
Hubert Czerepok
Edward Dwurnik
Elmgreen & Dragset
Daniił Gałkin | Daniil Galkin
Thomas Galler
Jakob Ganslmeier
Lukáš Houdek
Khaled Jarrar
Hannes Jung
Šejla Kamerić
Allan Kaprow / Dick Higgins
Thomas Kilpper
Paweł Kowalewski
Jarosław Kozłowski
Marcin Kruk
Agata Kubis
Michalina Kuczyńska
Tomasz Kulka
Edgar Leciejewski
Alicja Lesiak
Zbigniew Libera
Ella Littwitz
Artiom Łoskutow | Artem Loskutov
Agnieszka Mastalerz
Rafał Milach
Richard Mosse
Tanja Muravskaja
Joanna Musiał
Deimantas Narkevičius
Csaba Nemes
Laura Pannack
Piotr Pawlenski | Pyotr Pavlensky
Beata Pofelska
Wojtek Radwański
Tomáš Rafa
Artūras Raila
Oliver Ressler
Adam Rzepecki
Bartek Sadowski
Tomasz Sarnecki
Maksim Saryczau | Maxim Sarychau
Santiago Sierra
Slavs and Tatars
Ola Sosnowskaja | Olia Sosnovskaya & a.z.h.
Paweł Starzec
Stitchit and Collective
Paweł Susid
Jason deCaires Taylor
Piotr Uklański
Daniel Warmuziński
Sislej Xhafa
Ada Zielińska
Dawid Zieliński
Artur Żmijewski
Maria Anna Potocka
Agnieszka Sachar
Martyna Sobczyk
Mirosława Bałazy
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