20.09.2018 – 14.10.2018
Askeri Gallery presents a new project ‘Artifacts’ by Pavel Polanski. After his ‘Artctic’ series Polanski retains his recognizable personal style (monochrome realism with single patches of color), but he is looking for new compositional solutions and ideas. In ‘Artifacts’ the artist thinks about human nature, influenced by scientific progress.
Polanski starts from the definition, that an artifact is any artificially created object, the product of human activity:
‘Artificial parts of the body, the technologization of the brain, genetic engineering. Sooner or later, technology will consume us and as a result new species will appear – posthumans, a product artificially created by a man himself.’
What will be the world where everything becomes artifacts? Once received technological immortality, a person will want to give it to all living creatures, which surround him: a beloved cat, a disappearing wild animal, but if everyone becomes robots, will it be a continuation of life?
‘I'm neither a big fan of progress’, says Polanski. – nor a fan of ideas of improving human nature. Progress in science and the development of irrational practices is a strange combination. A combination that completes the circle."