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The Author : Marek Wasilewski

Marek Wasilewski is lecturing at the University of Arts in Poznań. From 2017, he is a director of the municipal gallery Arsenal in Poznan. He is a member of AICA. In the years 2000-2017 he was editor in chief of the bimonthly cultural magazine Time ... [ read more ]
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This text is adapted from a lecture given by Marek Wasilewski during the 50th Congress of the AICA in Paris, November 2017, at the Palais de la Porte Dorée-National Museum of Immigration History. Under the title Naughty meanings: about the works of Slavs and Tatars, the lecture was part of a day-long event entitled “Everywhere and Nowhere: Migration and Contemporary Art” directed by Marjorie Althorpe-Guyton, General Secretary of AICA Int., and Mathilde Roman, Treasurer of AICA Int.

The AICA, International Association of Art Critics, was founded in 1949 under the aegis of UNESCO, and unites 63 sections and 6 000 members across the world. Each national section takes turns hosting the annual congress, and in 2019 it will be organized by AICA Germany. More information at

With the support of AICA, Switch (on Paper) has already released last February 28th an essay by Kim Levin and will release one more text in the weeks to come from this event rich with diverse perspectives and debates on the situation of forced migration, whose roots and ripples in creation highlight the many issues at stake between art and politics. These three publications, coming from three critics based in New York, Poznan and Istanbul, testify to AICA’s ambition of fostering dialogue between worlds of art that are as multiple as they are globalized.


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14 March 2019

Slavs and Tatars, the irony of signs to thwart xenophobia

The works of the Slavs and Tatars collective analyse with great irony and humour the cultural hybridizations between Poland and Iran, in particular through the treatment of signs and symbols that pass from one to the other. But beyond these two countries, the positions defended by these artists are a challenge to all the myths maintained by xenophobic beliefs.

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