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Goshka Macuga "The Letter"
A photograph of a tapestry which depicts an imitation of an envelope addressed to Zachęta National Gallery of Art and evokes the historic happening by Tadeusz Kantor in 1967. It refers to the issue of artistic freedom during the difficult period of transformation in the 1990s when contemporary art, artists, curators, and directors of institutions became targets for attacks.
The work revokes the difficult period of transformation in the 1990s, sometimes referred to as the cold war of artists against the society and marked by attacks targeted at artworks, artists, curators, directors, and institutions, often with antisemitic background. To document those difficult times, in her show Macuga decided to present the hate mail addressed to Zachęta and its director of the time, Anda Rottenberg.
The Letter evidences this struggle and ongoing transformation of the society which has to confront its fears and prejudices in order to fully accept artistic freedom.
Edition of 50; numbered and signed by the artist with a certificate of authenticity.
PRICE: PLN 2,000 framed in wood with museum glass