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published: 2017-09-18 08:05:32, Culture Department
Hubert Czerepok "The Beginning" - an exhibition at Zachęta - National Gallery of Art
wtorek - niedziela 12:00 - 20:00
Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki - pl. Małachowskiego 3 (mapa)
Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki
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Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki
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The exhibition consists of three video installations. The first one is a three-channel projection realized at the site of the archaeological excavations at Karahan Tepe, Turkey, where the oldest site of worship - dating back to 10 thousand years BC and believed to be the cradle of civilization - was discovered.

It was even before the Neolithic revolution, before the beginning of agriculture and animal breeding, that the oval structures made of adhering megalithic pillars were created. What civilization managed to accomplish this, who were the people who buried the sanctuary 1500 years later and why - still remains a mystery.

The artist analyses various theories concerning the origins of this extraordinary place, comparing the expedition to such distant past to travelling to Mars, and referring to Andrei Tarkovsky’s film "Stalker". In this film, the narrative is led by three characters: The Writer (man of arts), the Professor (man of science) and the Stalker symbolizing spirituality. In Hubert Czerepok’s work, these three perspectives are embodied by three robots - Mars rovers.

Another part of the project is a three-channel video Continuation - a visual story of an old, post-industrial cable car network in the Georgian city of Chiatura, which has been operating almost continuously since 1953. It was built to transport miners working in nearby mines. Although 60 years has passed, it was still the most convenient and fastest way to move people around the city. The artist managed to complete his work just before the tram was modernized in the autumn 2016.

The title of the exhibition was taken from another video work - a documentary film showing the DNA research of the first Piasts and the hypothesis about their foreign origin, which was created in the 19th Century. One of its first supporters was Karol Szajnocha. In 1858, he presented his thesis that in the 6th Century Scandinavian immigrants called Lachs came to the then Polish land. Another version of this theory was presented in 1918 by two German historians Lambert Schulte and Robert Holtzmann. They referred to a document called Dagome Iudex, in which Mieszko I (called Dagome) places his land under the protection of the Pope. Based on this, the German scholars deducted that this was probably a Danish leader named Dago who, around 960, conquered the land around the Warta River. For two years, the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Poznań has been carrying out a research project, which is supposed to finally solve the mystery of the origin of Mieszko I and the Piast dynasty.

In the works presented at the exhibition, fiction is mixed with science, many hypotheses and theories broaden our view of the complex and ambiguous reality and cause the question of the origin to remain open.

Source: Zachęta