Honza Zamojski: ECHO
28 February- 31 May 2020
Photos: Dávid Bíró
Will the time traveler who is traveling to the past remember things they saw in the future? If so, will it be memory or fantasy from the point of view of someone living in the past visited by that traveler? Is what imagined is as true or as ridiculous as what is recalled? What is the difference between keeping our optimistic minds tuned to the future from poking our fingers at the guts of history that everyone would love to forget? What about interpretation? What about it!? How to understand a language that no one can translate anymore, and is the interpretation not a coarse form of violence against the object that is interpreted? Who has the right to interpret and who cannot have that right? Are there indisputable truths and rules, or does every rule have to be confirmed by an exception to it? What can the accumulation of exceptions lead to? Is it establishing a new truer truths or reversing the current order of things? Will the time traveler visiting the future remember what they have experienced in the past? If so, will it be memory or interpretation from the point of view of someone living in the future visited by that traveler? Is what is recalled as true or just as ridiculous as what is interpreted? What is the difference between a fleeting and emotional memory from a biased analysis of facts that everyone would love to forget? And does any of the twelve texts shown at the exhibition answer at least one of the questions raised above?
Honza Zamojski (b. 1981) lives and works in Poznań and is considered one of the most creative and innovative artists of the younger generation in Poland. He presents a sharply astute commentary on contemporary culture – putting forward a style that is both sarcastic and indulgent. He operates as artist, designer, book publisher and also curator who incorporates a wide array of media – from illustration, through sculptural drawings to infographics taken from the corporate world, and poetry as well. This mixed bag reflects perfectly the wide spectrum of his interests, rooted in a fundamentally utopian desire to order and understand the universe all around. Zamojski creates narratives which, when considered from afar, build a universal, multilayered world based on a philosophy of agnosticism and the energy of the perpetuum mobile. Minimalist in form, rich in symbolism, his abstract compositions and figurative representations come together as a visual language that is governed by its own grammatical structure and format. What welds together some of these seemingly divergent elements is a sense of humor about the world and his own place within it.