Miroslaw Balka: How It Is

Miroslaw Balka: How It Is
Library Shelf Location 18.BALK
Publication Date 2009
Description Born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1958, Miroslaw Balka is the tenth artist to be invited to transform the dramatic space of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. An artist who has achieved critical acclaim internationally for works that combine installation, sculpture and film, this will be Balka's first public commission in the United Kingdom. Balka's work explores themes of history and common experience, drawing on his Catholic upbringing and the fractured history of Poland. In recent years, he has focused on the Holocaust, which for Balka is a permanent scar on the collective memory. The dramatic installation for 190 x 90 x 4973 (2008) created a claustrophobic tunnel out of plywood with no visible destination, typifying Balka's ability to create subtle and intensely serious pieces. Taking its name title from Samuel Beckett's poetic novel, How It Is features responses to Balka's work from leading writers Zygmunt Bauman, Paulo Herkenhoff, Julian Heynen and Laszlo Krasznahorkai, as well as dramatic installation photography of the finished project. Helen Sainsbury is a curator and Curatorial Programme Manager at Tate Modern. Zygmunt Bauman is Professor of Sociology at Leeds University and the author of Modernity and the Holocaust (1989) and Liquid Modernity (2000). Julian Heynen curated Balka's exhibition Lichtzwang (2006) and is Artistic Director at Large of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Paolo Herkenhoff is a writer and curator and directed the Sao Paulo Biennial (1998) László Krasznahorkai is a Hungarian writer, and the author of Satan Tango (1985) and The Melancholy of Resistance (1989)
ISBN 9781854378477
Quantity 1
Pages 144
Authors Zygmunt Bauman, Paulo Herkenhoff, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Helen Sainsbury, Julian Heynen
Format Paperback
Publisher Tate Publishing
Related Artist Miroslaw Balka
Categories Installation, Sculpture, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Film and Artists' Moving Image
Keywords Holocaust, Memory
Artist's Nationality Polish
Language English

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