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La Biennale di Venezia | Polish Pavilion : Sharon Lockhart. Little Review
Sharon Lockhart, Ola, “TODAY IN POLITICS,” Our Review no. 167 (8863), June 16, 1939, National Library of Poland, Warsaw, February 3, 2017, 2017. Image: Courtesy of the artist, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and Zachę.

The Polish Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

Sharon Lockhart. Little Review

Venice, May 13 – November 26, 2017


Polish Pavilion commissioner
Hanna WrГіblewska

Deputy commissioner
Joanna WaЕ›ko

Zachęta – National Gallery of Art

Barbara Piwowarska
Media officer
Karolina Szmytko (Business &В Culture)
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Sharon Lockhart (b. 1964) is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles and Poland. Lockhart works with communities to make films and photographs that are both visually compelling and socially engaged through collaborations that unfold over long periods of time. Created with young women from the Youth Sociotherapy Center in Rudzienko, Poland, her project Little Review comprises translations, a new film and series of photographs, as well as educational workshops. Little Review draws its inspiration from the work of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942), the Polish-Jewish educator, orphanage-director, and children’s rights advocate. Similar to Korczak, Lockhart’s goal is to provide a forum for children’s voices — both past and present.

The eponymous Little Review (Mały Przegląd) was a newspaper written by children and teenagers and published as a weekly supplement to the Jewish daily Our Review (Nasz Przegląd) from 1926 to 1939. Created and originally edited by Korczak, the Little Review gave voice to young people’s opinions on politics and everyday life.

The new photographs in the exhibition — introspective and careful studies — portray two young women from Rudzienko reading the Little Review in the National Library in Warsaw, where the newspaper has been conserved. Framing an encounter across nearly a hundred years of history, the photographs reflect on the gaps, linkages, and subtexts between past and present.

From the archive ofВ 677 issues, the young women chose twenty-nine issues of the Little Review based in part on connections with their own lives and parallels to today’s uncertain times. Their selections from the paper, which remains untranslated and largely unknown, are presented here for the first time in English on aВ weekly basis for the duration of the Biennale.

Accompanying the texts, aВ new film by Lockhart suggests aВ more abstract translation of the Little Review: three acts and aВ satirical prologue performed by the young women that evoke the resilient and candid spirit of Korczak’s newspaper. Set against aВ black background that refuses aВ single context, the scenes are resonant of the history of aВ diverse group of practices in both the visual and performing arts. Given this space to be seen and heard, the young women, like Korczak’s writers, command performances full of nuance and self-possession.

Since 2014, Lockhart has been conducting workshops with the young women of Rudzienko.

Throughout the Biennale, Lockhart and the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw will continue to organize educational workshops for the young women aimed at empowering their sense of agency, freedom, creativity and modeling possibilities for longer-term support structures with Warsaw institutions.

At the heart of this multilayered project are the subtle and myriad ways in which individual lives and their sociopolitical realities are brought together through an intermingling of past and present. The installation furnished with architectural elements adapted from the National Library in Warsaw, gives palpable form to this density of histories and lives. AВ collective portrait that focuses, in the here and now, aВ nearly hundred-year-old call for an empathetic community that cares for every voice.

Participants of the Little Review project include the young women aged fourteen to eighteen from the Youth Sociotherapy Center in Rudzienko: Weronika Banach, ElЕјbieta Bugajewska, Agnieszka Chodakowska, Beata DomaЕ„ska, Patrycja Dominiczak, Zuzanna Dziembakowska, Nadzieja Flinik, Patrycja GЕ‚ogowska, Aleksandra Grabowska, Zofia Grzywacz, Agnieszka JamioЕ‚kowska, MaЕ‚gorzata Kowalska, Aleksandra Kowynia, Wiktoria Kruszewska, Natalia LeЕ›niewska, Natalia MikoЕ‚ajczyk, Alekandra Mojsiejew, Maja Nowakowska, Adrianna Olczak, Patrycja Onochowska, Alicja PaЕ‚aszewska, Alicja Pasternak, Angelika Piekacz, Natalia Skoroch, Paulina Suchocka, Karolina Szyc, Natalia Tetych, Wiktoria Tomaszewska, Aleksandra WiЕ›niewska, Kinga WoЕєniesiЕ„ska, Gabriela ZadroЕјna, Karolina Zembrzuska.

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