Ewa Rybska

b. 1958, Poland

Ewa Rybska studied at the College of Art and Design in Minsk Mazowiecki, Poland. Since 1994 she has been working as a curator of the artistic programme at the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art. She is also a co-organizer of the annual Castle of the Imagination International Performance Art Festival. Following her interest in multi-media visual art, she has been active in the initiation and administration of several international artist-run projects, including exchange exhibitions, festivals and artist residencies. Since 1997 she has been creating performance art works in collaboration with Wladyslaw Kazmierczak, performing in Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ireland, Slovenia, Mexico, Indonesia and Poland.

International Visiting Artists: Poland

FADO is pleased to present the Toronto premiere of Polish performance artists Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska in a new work entitled, We Love Dada for Today

Wladyslaw Kazmierczak and Ewa Rybska present striking and witty visual tableaux that consider the shifting worlds of pop culture and geo-politics from an Eastern European perspective. Their work reflects a sharp eye for the symbolic and iconic significance of everyday items. These artists comment on the human condition in an imperfect and fragmenting society through a dense layering of art historical references with the languages of advertising and electronic media.

The artists write of their work:

“The performance is about the world of dramatic divisions, the great transformation and breakdown of totalitarian ideologies. The world of relative principles, pretence and inauthenticity, forces the lonely search for ones own criteria to build a different world. We Love Dada for Today offers insight into the concepts of multiple identity and individuality in an imperfect and fragmenting society.”

The artists’ visit is sponsored by FADO as part of an international networking project. While in Toronto, Kazmierczak and Rybska will host a networking meeting (March 3 at The Green Room, 296 Brunswick Street), meeting with local artists and art students to discuss performance art activity in their native Poland. This project also marks the beginning of a new exhibition partnership between FADO and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Under this partnership, a number of FADO performances will be presented in Hamilton as part of the Gallery’s Sevenseason program, including We Love Dada For Today, which will be performed at the AGH on February 28, 2002.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer