29 05 2024
– 01 09 2024

Sophie Thun, Joanna Woś What do you do in bed?

Venue: GGM1, ul. Piwna 27/29
Date: 29.05 – 01.09.2024
Vernissage: 29.05.2024, 7 pm
Artists: Sophie Thun i Joanna Woś
Curatorx: Tomek Pawłowski-Jarmołajew
Diagram: Maja Demska

 

 

What do you do in bed? is the first institutional presentation in Poland of the works of Sophie Thun and Joanna Woś, two Polish artists living in Vienna. They both share a reflective approach to the artistic medium – Woś in her paintings and Thun in photography – as they focus on the processes of painting and photographing, or quote from the history of art and photography. They are also interested in the image of the female body, which they capture through self-portraiture. They works are multi-layered, with collage structures evoking various time perspectives, spaces and bodies to speak of sexuality, violence and power relations.

 

The exhibition curated by Tomek Pawłowski-Jarmołajew at the Gdańsk City Gallery, Piwna 27/29, will focus on lying down, a motif present in the history of art as well as in the works of both artists. For them, the titular bed is an area of ambivalence – a place of rest, regeneration and pleasure, but also suffering and infirmity. A place where we pursue the need for intimacy, but also escape, disappear, and temporarily switch off from life. They say that sleep is a little death. In this context, the answer to the initial question is no longer obvious.

 

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Sophie Thun (b.1985) lives and works in Vienna. She works primarily with techniques of analogue photography, its spaces and processes, as well as conditions of production and exhibition. She grew up in Warsaw and studied for her Master’s degree in the Fine Arts Academies in Vienna (2017, with Martin Guttmann and Daniel Richter) and in Kraków (2010). She is currently interim professor of Photography at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art.

 

Joanna Woś (b.1991) lives and works in Vienna where she is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in the class of Daniel Richter. Her work was recently included in Portraiture One Century Apart at Massimo De Carlo in Milan and Common Nocturnes at Simone Subal in New York (both 2021). In 2020 she held a solo exhibition at Wschód in Warsaw. In 2022-2023, solo exhibitions at the Croy Nielsen Gallery in Vienna and Berlin. Recent press includes Five Young Painters to Follow in Frieze Magazine Issue 222, October 2021 (by Chloe Stead).


 

What do you do in bed?
Afterparty


Wednesday, 29.05 at 21:00
Red Light Pub, 28/31 Piwna

Mewa z Białegostoku (performance)
Sylvia Baudelaire (koncert)
mattia (DJ set)