Everything about the contemporary is panda (Kazimir Malevich)

by

Michal Martychowiec

 

Year

2017

 

Size

75 x 100 cm

 

Material

chromogenic print

 

Edition

1 of 3 + 1

 

Price

on request

Everything about the contemporary is panda (Kazimir Malevich)

This cycle of photographs consists of stills from a film which has never been made (or as it might be read by history - has been lost). One statement of the artist is mixed with statements from historic artists: Marcel Duchamp, Bethan Huws, Kazimir Malevich, Francisco Goya... The stuffed panda from the museum functions as symbols of death, or failure (of preserving its own species, of being preserved as a work of art, of the meaning of artists’ words being preserved...).

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In all works of the series Everything about the contemporary is panda, the panda avatar encounters themes and objects from our cultural history. We meet the Shroud of Turin, a wanderer above the sea of fog, the obligatory banana appears and the Italian classic artist Piero Manzoni, is set into the wall as a grave slab. In a series of conceptual photographs, we see the famous Berlin panda Bao Bao (currently displayed in the natural history museum) in combination with enigmatic text fragments. These fragments originate from contemporary and historic artists (Bethan Huws, Kazimir Malevich, Francisco de Goya, Joseph Beuys, and others) and are used by Martychowiec as symbolic signifiers for certain (art) historical tendencies.

In Martychowiec’s work the panda is an unmasking symbol of decadence at the centre of a modernity that has long become empty. The panda stands for the last man at the end of history, bound between neoliberal normativity and the decoupling from his own historical-cultural becoming. As a pop cultural symbol, it is omnipresent and can also be interpreted as a medium of Chinese ‘soft-power’ politics. Pandas found their biological niche through a genetic mutation in the spine, which allowed them to sit comfortably. Bamboo, their primary food source, is poor in nutrients and must be eaten 16 hours a day. The species, which is already extinct in the wild, a museums piece, mostly lives in so-called panda villas. There they are looked after by guards and psychologists. The majority of reproductions occur through artificial insemination.


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