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Is It Better to Be a Good Artist or a Good Person

Is It Better to Be a Good Artist or a Good Person
WARSAW  •  Raster Gallery  •  Ongoing

The title drawing, Is It Better to Be a Good Artist or a Good Person?, is a well-known surrealistic game - exquisite corpse - in which subsequent participants continue a composition without knowing what their predecessors have drawn. This time, the participants in the game are the participants in the exhibition at the Rental gallery. Authors in the order of drawing: Slawomir Elsner, Bartek Materka, Agata Bogacka, Zbigniew Rogalski, Rafal Bujnowski, Marcin Maciejowski, Michał Budny, Oskar Dawicki, Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga.

Azorro Films Les Figurants
Azorro Films: Les Figurants, 2005
Photo courtesy of Raster Gallery

Azorro Films: Les Figurants, 2005

With a pinch of irony, Azorro deals with the delicate issue of assessing contemporary art, the state of institutions responsible for exhibiting, and the position of the artist.

Karol: the Man Who Became Pope is a 2005 feature movie directed by Giacomo Battiato. It tells the story of Karol Wojtyła from the outbreak of World War II until the day he is elected pope. The movie's premiere showing on Italian TV gathered an audience of 14 million. In Poland, the movie was shown in cinemas and was a box office hit, attracting 1.9 million viewers. The members of the group Azorro took part in the movie as extras. Their purpose was to claim the movie as their work. They thus appropriated it for art. As the movie depicts the most tragic period in the history of 20th century Europe, the group decided to play both the victims and the persecutors. Les Figurants is the French for "extras". The Azorro have become the extras of history - its figureheads.

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