Joanna Sokołowska

Joanna Sokołowska is Curator at Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź.

  • All Men Become Sisters

    All Men Become Sisters

    Joanna Sokołowska

    A record and theoretical expansion of an exhibition of feminist art.

    This book is both a record and a theoretical expansion of the exhibition All Men Become Sisters. The exhibition was a manifestation of sisterhood in art from the 1970s until today. The creation of the exhibition was guided by art that resonated with feminist perspectives on work, production, and reproduction. “Sisterhood” is a key concept and an impulse to work with imagination; built on the foundations of second-wave criticism of the patriarchal exploitation of women, it poses questions about the future from the perspective of feminist economics and ethics of care.

    • Paperback $29.00
  • Apple. An Introduction

    Apple. An Introduction

    (Over and over and once again)

    Aleksandra Jach, Antje Majewski, Amy Patton, Joanna Sokołowska, and Susanne Titz

    A supplement to exhibitions held at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, this book centers around the apple as an art object and as a case study in biodiver sity under threat. Developed over the course of an ongoing, five-year correspondence between artist Antje Majewski and the Polish conceptual artist Paweł Freisler, the project explores the idea of diversity in all of its possible meanings and manifestations, tying together collaborative and associatively connected works by Majewski and Agnieszka Polska, Freisler, Piotr Życieński, and Jimmie Durham in a museum exhibition dealing with the apple.

    The remarkable range of ornaments in Freisler's collection of carved, dried apples is echoed in the diverse colors and shapes found in Majewski's paintings of different apple varieties, while her film The Freedom of Apples traces the fruit's genetic reduction to a handful of commercially profitable varieties, an undertaking that requires making sense of the complex relationships behind global food production in capitalism, genetic technology developments in the agricultural sector and in politics and legislation, but also of dissenting voices in favor of another kind of community economy and the pr eservation of diversity. Freisler and Majewski founded a new tradition of planting apple trees in the city space as a communal activity that brings together diverse groups and individuals. So far, two hundred local-variety apple trees have been planted by tree adopters in Mönchengladbach and Łódź.

    Copublished with Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, and Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź

    Contributors Jimmie Durham, Anders Ettinger, Paweł Freisler / Piotr Życieński, Katherine Gibson / Ethan Miller, Antje Majewski, Agnieszka Polska, Joanna Sokołowska, Susanne Titz, Fundacja Transformacja

    • Paperback $37.00


  • Ilona Németh

    Ilona Németh

    Eastern Sugar

    Maja Fowkes, Reuben Fowkes, and Ilona Németh

    A look, through the work of Ilona Németh, at the transitioning social and economic infrastructure of Eastern Europe.

    The dramaturgy of neo-liberal capitalism's spread throughout Central and Eastern Europe appears today in the wake of the financial and political crises of the last decade, refracted in a new light. Taking as its starting point artist Ilona Németh's multifaceted investigation of the de-industrializing history of Slovak sugar refineries in the post-communist period, this collective volume brings together critical and artistic reassessments of the processes of social and economic transformation, the dislocation and re-composition of labor relations and working practices, as well as the disintegration and rekindling of notions of community and social well-being. Challenging the inevitability of the adoption of the western capitalist system, it examines how, in the rush to uproot the institutions and structures of socialism, the communitarian, microeconomic, and ecological potentialities of non-capitalist modes of living have been lost or endangered. The literal and metaphorical ruins of Eastern Sugar also offer themselves as a site to extend and expand upon the discussion of economic forces to incorporate environmental and decolonial approaches, for example present in the parallels and discrepancies between colonial and neo-colonial histories in the disparate geographies of sugar beet and sugar cane production. Through newly commissioned texts, conversations and focused contributions by artists, critics and curators, the publication Eastern Sugar restores complexity to the history of the rapid decline of the Slovak sugar industry, and by extension the entire social and economic infrastructure of transition in Central Europe, while at the same time opening up planetary trajectories for post-capitalist alternatives.

    copublished with Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava

    • Hardcover $29.95