Queen Bee

30 March 2019 - 2 May 2019

Queen Bee / Królowa Pszczół

Place ul. Rynek 26, 41-902 Bytom, POLAND
Organizer Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Kronika / Centre for Contemporary Art Kronika
More info http://kronika.org.pl/en/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/item/1019-queen-bee

Artists: Olga Dziubak, Małgorzata Goliszewska, Hanna Kaszewska, Karolina Mełnicka, Patrycja Migiel, Jolanta Nowaczyk, Tatiana Pancewicz, Irmina Rusicka, Emilia Turek, Dorota Wójcik, Agata Zbylut. Curator: Agata Zbylut, curatorial cooperation: Agata Cukierska.

"According to the Report of the Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation, the situation of women at Polish art academies is disastrous. Female students account for 77% of all students, while only 22% are employed as the university professors. Probably, the situation regarding the art market looks alike. I do not know Polish data on this subject, but I will quote after Kate Durblin an American study showing that female artists are 65% to 75% of persons studying art in the USA, and only 30% of persons represented by galleries, which is actually the only way to make one’s living with artistic activity in the USA, and results in significantly fewer opportunities for women to sell their works than men. Add to this the alarming situation of employees of the cultural sector in Poland (total cultural expenditure in Poland is at the verge of statistical significance), the conditions of the domestic art market prove to be extremely difficult, especially for women.
I invited female artists with whom I worked when they were studying, who created their diploma works in the studio which I supervised together with Dr. Łukasz Jastrubczak, and with Irmina Rusicka (from September 2018), to participate in the exhibition. The exhibition has a confessional character, confronts the female artists, their student ideas and expectations about the future with the actual market and professional situation, as well as social roles that they took on after graduating. There are among them winners of prestigious contests and foreign scholarships, but also girls who devoted all their attention to work or family matters, pushing artistic activity into the background. The exhibition is also a pretext to recall a dialogue that was conducted in the context of a studio understood not as a concrete architectural space, but more as a system of shared values, beliefs and exchange of experiences." [Agata Zbylut, curator]

Cooperation: Academy of Art in Szczecin.