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Jacek Smolicki

Вorn in 1982 in Krakow, Poland
Lives in Stockholm

I to Eye. 2010. Photo installation. Courtesy of the artist

When visiting Jerusalem—a conflicted territory of torn identity—especially upon entering the Arabic zone, one can immediately spot a countless number of CCTV cameras. Over a two-week period I exposed myself to their presence and appropriated their network to start my operation, which can be called reverse-surveillance, or, to name it better, meta-surveillance. My decision was to confront the greatest possible number of observers—eye to eye, or more precisely—the eye of my camera into the eye of the surveillance camera. I entered this dispute in perhaps a naive attempt to restore the public character of the common space. Through a gesture of "shooting" the CCTV cameras, and letting myself be reflected in their cold lenses, I was trying to balance their totalitarian weight. For this purpose I used a cheap, mobile compact camera—in some way, a simplified version of the organised instrument used to affect and choreograph the public life of residents.

Jacek Smolicki

July 2, 2014

On June 24 and 25, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art began. 3069 applications by artists under 35 from 84 countries of the world were submitted for the competition, which lasted from November 2013 through March 2014. David Elliott, Artistic Director of the Biennale, proposed the motto A Time for Dreams as the general theme, and curated the main Biennale project, which presented works by 83 artists from 32 countries of the world.

June 17, 2014

The educational program of the Biennale, curated by Antonio Geusa and coordinated by Ekaterina Razdumina, is entitled Wise Advice, and aims at helping young artists to find answers to various questions that concern their creative growth and career development.