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Beginning their careers at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts, Przemyslaw Kwiek and Zofia Kulik came together to form KwieKulik (or KK), possibly one of the most daring artistic duos of the latter half of the 20th Century. Between 1971 and 1987, they worked under communist rule in the city and became seminal in Polish art, often engaging with and critiquing their surrounding reality in uncompromising fashion using avant-garde methods. Concentrating far more on performance aspects and the use of media, they outwardly rejected traditional forms of artistic expression.

Now, the long-term legacy of KwieKulik is being explored in a performative lecture by Newcastle-based artist Holly Argent. Interleaving the Archive (Group Action with KK) comes to the Tyneside Cinema on Thursday 28th March as part of their Projections open call, bringing together a spoken semi-fictional narrative, photographic transparents and a live video feed around KwieKulik’s archive. Through the mixed-media production, Argent is set to cast an eye over the relevance of the Polish duo in contemporary capitalist economies, a very different political and economic environment to the one in which the pair worked. Whether or not you’re familiar with the work of KwieKulik, Argent’s work will not only form a fascinating entry point into their realm but also demonstrate her own deeply engaging research-based practice.


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