Walking Logic

Christian Jankowski

Curators:
Lýdia Pribišová

Date/Place:
Oct 19, 2017 - Nov 21, 2017
Galéria HIT, Bratislava

Opening:
Oct 19, 2017 7PM

Christian Jankowski
Walking Logic
Hit Gallery, Bratislava, 19 Oct – 21 Nov 2017
Curated by Lýdia Pribišová

During his visit to Bratislava, Christian Jankowski became intrigued by hand-carved walking sticks that he found in a folk art shop. Walking sticks have been a support, a weapon, and a symbol for the wanderer for thousands of years, and many still use them for walking or hiking. The ones Jankowski found in Bratislava had many different carved handles: some were representations of forest ghosts, some of animals or other characters. In order to better understand the craft and history behind this form of folk art, Jankowski collaborated with Oldrich Richter, a traditional woodcarver from Slovakia. Jankowski addressed a number of questions to Mr. Richter at his workshop to interview him about his profession, his experience, and aspects of his creative process. The video recorded interview, titled Carving Wood, becomes the introduction to the exhibition in an artist-run space situated in the basement of the Bratislava art Academy. Mr. Richter was also commissioned to produce a series of new walking sticks, which will mirror the number of students entering the Academy this year. The students are invited to use them on a 5-hour hike and discussion on the move with Jankowski through the hills and forests around Bratislava. The hike will be photographically documented and the resulting work The Walking Logic Walk will be on view in the second room of the exhibition. The main space of the show presents the installation titled A History of Man and Stick, a lecture-type situation with a carousel slide projector, a portable screen, and an audience composed of 114 walking sticks used during The Walking Logic Walk. The selected slides depict diverse images of man and stick from Catholic bishops to elderly men and from cartoon characters to English gentlemen.

By utilizing the medium of human relationships, Christian Jankowski trades blows with history, politics, and the language of art. His work is often cooperative and participative, and there is as much emphasis on the journey as the destination. The risks and chances inherent in Jankowski’s collaborations ultimately give surprising shape to the final works, whether photographs, paintings, sculptures or video installations.

Christian Jankowski (b. 1968 Göttingen, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. In 2016, Jankowski curated the 11th edition Manifesta, becoming the first artist to assume the role. Recent solo exhibitions include Haus am Lütowplatz, Berlin, Germany (2016); Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany (2015); Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (2013); Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico (2012); and MACRO, Rome, Italy (2012). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including The Yokohama Triennale (2017); Autogestion, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (2016); Project Los Altos (off-site show in Silicon Valley, staged by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, US, 2013); Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2010); the Whitney Biennial, New York, NY, US (2002); and the Venice Biennale (2013 an