RM Sunday Session: Performance Marcin Dudek

Date: Sunday March 6, 2022
Performance: 3:00 PM (Please arrive 15 minutes earlier)
Location: Galerie Ron mandos, Prinsengracht 282, Amsterdam

To celebrate the final moments of Marcin Dudek’s exhibition we organize a new RM Sunday Session program with a performance by Marcin Dudek. The performance starts at 3:00 PM sharp. We ask you friendly to arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance starts.

Marcin Dudek’s Amsterdam performance uses the transitory space of the entrance to the gallery; a narrow passage between the door to the gallery and the door to the street. Similar in width to a train corridor, this doorway activates memories of the artist’s time traveling Poland for KS Cracovia’s away games. These journeys were fraught with danger, with rival hooligan groups ready to ambush or trap their opponents. Travels became moments of tension and camaraderie, as the movement of the trains acted as catalysts for clashes. These corridors, where bodies are tightly packed and movements are limited, accentuate the violence and tension of these encounters. During five minutes, Marcin Dudek reactivates the memory of one such encounter, emphasizing the claustrophobic spaces and intense confrontations of his youth. A choreography inspired by this event will be enacted in this separated space, visible to the public only through the window of the gallery door.

ABOUT Marcin Dudek

Marcin Dudek was born in 1979, in Poland
He lives and works in Brussels

Marcin Dudek is an artist whose objects, installations, collages, and performances touch upon questions regarding the role of control in society, the hierarchy of power, and mechanisms that govern the release of violence and aggression. His use of abstraction to deal with these questions further highlights the effort, anxiety and compulsion that characterize his process of image production.

Dudek’s artistic practice is focused on situations that are based on the confrontation between the world of violence and the world of art. To construct these situations, he often invokes the history of extreme events that have taken place in stadium spaces, paired with events of his own experience as a teenage football fan. Dudek analyzes the abstract concept of aggression, triggered frequently and often without premeditation, within the architecture of any given spectacle.

After leaving Poland aged 21, he studied at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg and at Central Saint Martins, London, graduating in 2005 and 2007 respectively. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Salzburger Kunstverein (AT), the Arad Art Museum (RO), Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in Krakow (PL), the Goethe-Institut Ukraine, and The Warehouse Dallas (US). His installation “The Cathedral of Human Labor” (2013) is on permanent view at the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium. In 2018, he presented a large installation at Manifesta 12 Palermo, which was followed by a solo exhibition at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum.