Monday, October 18, 2010



Friday, October 8, 2010

The Krasnals Voice at 4th ASEM Culture Ministers Meeting inPoznan

Below there is the necessary supplementary information for ASEM Culture
Ministers Meeting - from contestation art circles, which in Poland are
represented by The Krasnals art collective.

As The Krasnals art collective we are convinced that the 4th ASEM
Culture Ministers Meeting in Poznań contributes significantly to a
strengthening of cultural awareness among the societies of the 45
parties who participate in the dialogue of European Union and Southeast
Asia. We also hope it will inspire the dialogue and the transfer of
knowledge and practices, which, in turn will lead to mutual undertakings
to defend and protect the cultural treasury form the threats of the
contemporary art market.

There are dangers arising from the social transformations accompanying
processes of globalization of high culture, especially contemporary art.
We urge you to pay attention to the problem that in an interview the
Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski
summoned. He noted that "the basic problem that now affects an area of
culture in Europe and Asia (and elsewhere), is that of globalization and
the flood of low quality of art as the result of interests of a narrow
group of art establishment monopolizing the art market."

In the Polish Culture Minister opinion, there is vagueness and
commercialization of the mainstream art, including the Polish one
following global trends. So far, a certain originality and
individuality, taste and style, was the domain of art. Gradually it
meets with deprivation of colourfulness and multidimensionality.

One of the problems that worry us is increasingly emerging question
about the need for a biennial basis. Or maybe there is a need to develop
a new formula of presenting art rebelling against global trends? The
activity of our collective follows the main concept of Mediations
Biennale in Poznan, which this year is "Beyond" - "beyond the official,
mainstream art, and an official language about it." It should be
seriously initiated the debate and critic of art market sphere. We
should begin to talk about prevailing of divisions, manipulation, and
those unclear rules governing the art world, to reconcile its democratic

Biennale has become one of the most common and effective ways of showing
art in the world. International Biennale is not just an exhibition, but
mobile capital and art museum all in one. So, the question is, if an
international biennial is necessary for the presence of art created
locally in a transnational context? If so, what shape the Polish
Biennale should take? Should the local tradition be an important element
in building an international biennial? What are the consequences of
thinking in terms of the presenting biennale of art - and whether it
acts in favor of or against the local tradition?

The exhibition of The Krasnals "Two years of fighting" gives complete
answers to these questions. It is situated in one of three main bastions
of Mediations Biennial - at Szyperska Gallery (till October 10 2010).

best regards!
The Krasnals