From 17th century Sarmatism, the dominant ideology amongst the Polish nobility, to monobrows in America to the Green movement in present-day Iran, Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz looks at the unlikely shared heritage between Poland and Iran and in particular, the revolutionary potential of crafts and folklore behind the ideological impulses of two key modern moments, the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and Poland’s Solidarność in the 1980s, bookends to the two major geopolitical narratives of the recent past, the communist project of the 20th and Islamic modernism in the 21st centuries.
Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz, has travelled to the following venues:
10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE. Curated by Suzanne Cotter, 2011.
Kiosk Gallery, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Gent. Curated by Wim Waelput, 2011-12.
Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Gdańsk. Curated by Patrycja Ryłko, 2011-12.
Karlin Studios, Prague. Curated by Patrycja Ryłko, 2012.
REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles. Curated by Aram Moshayedi, 2013.
Presentation House,Vancouver. Curated by Babak Golkar, 2013.