Sebastian Cichocki: An Interview

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2004 | 00:46:14 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | DV video

Collection: On Art and Artists, Interviews

Tags: VDB Interviews

An interview that charts the activities of the Polish critic and curator Sebastian Cichocki. The dialogue is centered around, particularly, the difficulties of operating in a peripheral, Eastern European artworld context. Considerations of resources, audience and the effects of globality are foregrounded. But, despite some of the challenges this situation creates, Cichocki cites some of its advantages as well. He talks of a strong sense of community between artists, curators, critics, and journalist in his native Poland. An atmosphere of collaboration offsets the sometimes restrictive conditions of working within a culture that harbors more conservative tendencies – a residue, he explains, from Soviet times. The ambivalence of this political space however, lends itself to complex and critical art, predominantly making use of conceptual and feminist tactics.

— Nicolas Holt, 2016



Interview by SAIC faculty member Susan Snodgrass

Camera by Dara Greenwald

Edited by Charles Rice, 2013

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