Nelly Agassi/Ryan Packard
For performer, percussionist, 40ft amplified wire and live electronics
Galeria Labirynt | Plaza,
13 Lipowa Street, Lublin, Poland
Exhibition opening: June 22nd, 2018-July 20th, 2018
"– 7 – 13 –" is founded on the artist’s reflection on history of the place where the Labirynt Plaza Gallery is seated. Nelly Agassi was inspired by the original use of the area in Lipowa Street and its later changes, focussing primarily on the fading memory of the history of the site. In 1939, the SS set up a labour camp here for both civilian and military prisoners, which operated until the autumn of 1943. It was the longest functioning labour camp in the Lublin region; it also served as a penal and transit camp where prisoners were sifted to select those able to work. In 1941, it was taken over by the German Equipment Works (DAW), which extended the entire complex – a manufacturing part was separated as well as prisoner quarters in parallelly situated barracks. The history and function of the place has changed several times thenceforth. The site belonged to the armed forces after the war and began to serve commercial purposes in the 1960s – shops and pawnbrokers, alongside art studios, opened in the barracks of the former camp.
Today, this part of the city is home to the Plaza shopping centre, which houses the Labirynt Gallery. Agassi tapped into the current function of the modern-day building to analyse the problem of consumerism, which she associates with a sense of emptiness and an urge to overcome the feeling of loss.
A special note to Peter Maunu, our collaborator, who could not perform with us on this occasion.
Nelly Agassi (b. 1973, Israel) – a multimedia artist, Agassi works with performance, video, installation and drawing; her projects concentrate on the body and space. Her works have been presented at the Israel Museum and Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel as well as The Arts Club of Chicago, Galeria Foksal and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art amongst other institutions.
Curator: Aleksandra Skrabek
Honorary Patronage of the President of the city of Lublin