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Umanaqtuaq (3 May - 2 June, 2007)

Joanna Malinowska

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Venetia Kapernekeas Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in New York of work by Joanna Malinowska titled Umanaqtuaq.

In 2006, Malinowska made her journey to Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic to follow in the footsteps of Franz Boas, arguably the father of American anthropology, who was one of the first Western scholars to study the Inuit. Traveling to the Arctic nearly 120 years after Boas, Malinowska's Umanaqtuaq presents material documenting her attempt at ethnographic research interviewing the local Inuit musician and Elvis Presley impersonator, Jimmy Ekho. The project is an outcome of very symbiotic relation: Ekho gets a taste of rock star popularity, Malinowska experiences her fantasy of a fieldwork while Elvis functions as a connective tissue between the Inuit musician and Polish artist. Beside its focus on curious example of cultural hybridization, the video could also serve as a 21st century update on Inuit life today, quite different from what once was documented by Robert Flaherty in his Nanook of the North

Polish-born artist Joanna Malinowska works primarily with video and performance art.  With Umanaqtuaq (which is an Iniktitut term describing large, heart-shaped island or float) Malinowska continues her previous work In Search of the Miraculous, Continued... (part of a two person show at Canada Gallery, April 2006) in which she explored her interests in music and the North with low-key, romantic escapism into the distant or improbable.

Joanna Malinowska lives and works in New York City; she received her masters from Yale University, and has completed a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine (2001).  She has participated in the 1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2005) and the International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic (2005), and exhibited internationally at such venues as the Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland (2004); The Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw, Poland (2006, 2004), the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (2005), New York City; and Art In General, New York City (2006, 2004).


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