24.03.2021 -> EXHIBITION EXTENDED, NEW DATES: 12.03–23.04.2021
opening day: 12.03.2021, 2–8 p.m.
ATTENTION! Due to the lockdown, the gallery will be closed to the public and the exhibition will be extended till April 23, 2021. Please contact us to buy works and meet us: email@example.com, +48 502 22 55 22.
Jednostka Gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. or you can visit us by appointment. Please call +48 502 22 55 22 to arrange a visit.
One Work Show is a series of exhibitions featuring single pieces selected from the oeuvre of Jednostka’s artists. Each item on display is unique and has not been shown in the Gallery previously. Often, they are unique objects or the last copies available in the edition or print run. Every One Work Show offers an opportunity for you to focus on the details of works and the underlying concepts, as well as to learn the stories behind their creation.
The first work on display is the famous photograph by Rafał Milach depicting the activist Bianka Nwolisa (10 years old) with a banner reading ‘Stop Calling Me Murzyn [Negro].’ The picture was taken in June 2020 during a protest in front of the US Embassy against police brutality towards African-American communities, which was triggered by the death of Georg Floyd.
The photograph sparked a heated debate in both traditional and social media. As a result of the discussion among linguists, the Council for the Polish Language approved the opinion of one of its members, Marek Łaziński, who recommended that the word ‘Negro’ should not be used otherwise ‘than a historical quote’, because ‘it has acquired exceptionally strong offensive connotations in the Polish language’.
The Jednostka Gallery will offer 30 copies sized 50 x 40 m. 50% of the proceeds from the sale will be transferred to the Porta Foundation, which supports people struggling with exclusion and discrimination.
Rafał Milach (born in 1978)
Visual artist, photographer, author of photo books. His work focuses on topics related to social protests as well as transformations in the former Eastern Bloc and other parts of the world. Professor at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice Poland and the ITF Institute of Creative Photography of the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. His award-winning photo books include The Winners, 7 Rooms, and The First March of Gentlemen. Rafał Milach has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Magnum Foundation, and European Cultural Foundation. Finalist of the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 and winner of the World Press Photo competition. Co-founder of the Sputnik Photos collective of photographers and associated member of Magnum Photos. His works have been widely exhibited in Poland and worldwide, and can be found in the collections of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the ING Polish Art Foundation, MuFo Museum of Photography in Cracow, Kiyosato, the Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan), and Brandts in Odense (Denmark).
All One Work Show items (as well as other works by the featured artists) can be purchased at the Jednostka Gallery. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Next One Work Shows:
17.04–08.05.2021 Andrzej Tobis The North Pole, 2021 from the series A-Z (Educational Cabinets)
Weronika Gęsicka Untitled #5 from the Traces series, 2015–2017 (dates to be confirmed)
to be continued.
Partner: Artesola Gallery
Rafał Milach “Stop Calling Me Murzyn [Negro]”, 2020