Halka/Haiti 18°48’05″N 72°23’01”W: C.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska. Magdalena Moskalewicz (Ed.). Inventory Press & Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtPosted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, Uncategorized on May 8th, 2015
Tags: 56th Venice Biennale, C.T. Jasper, Joanna Malinowska, Magdalena Moskalewicz
The Polish Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia
The Polish Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale will have the pleasure of presenting a panoramic film projection of the opera Halka by Stanisław Moniuszko, as it was staged in February for the inhabitants of Cazale, a village situated in the mountains of Haiti.
The winners of this year’s contest for the official Polish representation in Venice, artists C.T. Jasper and Joanna Malinowska and curator Magdalena Moskalewicz, decided to stage the opera in Haiti inspired by the mad plan of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, who wanted to build an opera house in the Amazon. Fascinated by Fitzcarraldo’s faith in the universal power of opera, but not uncritical of the colonizing aspect of his actions, they decided to reveal and undercut its romanticism by confronting a set of very specific geographic, historical, and sociopolitical realities.