Anna Jermolaewa: Good Times, Bad Times

20 October – 29 November, 2015
exhibition moved from the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw

Anna Jermolaewa: Good Times, Bad Times

20 October – 29 November, 2015
exhibition moved from the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw

(PL) Wystawa współfinansowana przez Austriackie Forum Kultury w Warszawie


October 19th, 2015, 6 PM – meeting with the artist
within the City of the Future project of the European Capital of Culture – Wrocław 2016
hosted by Magdalena Komornicka, Zachęta

October 20th, 2015, 6 PM – opening of the exhibition

November 5th and 26th, 2015, 5 PM – curator guided tour

October 25th, 2015, 12.30 PM – a special Sunday Matinée
the Russian animation + a family workshop for kids and parents

About the exhibition: Anna Jermolaewa talks to Christiane Erharter

Anna Jermolaewa, born in 1970 in St. Petersburg, has been living and working in Vienna since 1989.

She is considered one of Austria’s most outstanding contemporary artists. As a media artist, she works mainly with photography, video and installation. Her main interests are the analysis of society’s functional structures, as well as social relations and the circumstances of everyday life. With her works, she puts a focus on the basic conditions and requirements of human existence.

Good Times, Bad Times is the title of the first solo exhibition of the artist in Poland, now showcased at WRO after its premiere presentation at Warsaw’s Zachęta National Gallery of Art. The exhibition features artworks that were created over the last 15 years and brings into focus new and very personal productions by the artist. Besides projects about the current oppositional movement in Russia, political works that deal with her personal history are also shown. It is borrowed from a series of unpretentious photographs from 2007 that capture an urban everyday life situation: on a grey facade pigeons use the arrows of a wall clock to sit on. Through the serial arrangement of the photographs, it turns out that a quarter to three is a better time for them to rest there than five minutes to five. The title at the same time refers to the German soap opera Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten that has been broadcast from Monday to Friday in the early evening programme on the private TV channel RTL since 1992.

curator: Christiane Erharter

curatorial cooperation and coordination: Magdalena Komornicka, Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka

co-financed by the Austrian Cultural Forum in Warsaw


Trying to Survive, wideo, 3 min, 2000

Hermitage Cats, instalacja, fotografie, rysunki, wideo, 2013

Good Times, Bad Times, fotografia, druk cyfrowy, 2007

Step Aside, 2-channel video installation, 7 min., loop, 2006-2008

Number Two (After Solomon Asch), rzeźba neonowa, rysunek, 2015

Methods of Social Resistance on Russian Examples, instalacja, mixed media, wideo, 2012

Volga etc., fotografie, c-print, 2008

Untitled (Goats), fotografia, druk cyfrowy, obiekt, 2015

Research for Sleeping Positions, wideo, 18 min., 2006

Untitled (GULAG), instalacja, mixed media (wideo, fotografie, obiekty), 2012

Shopping with Family, instalacja, wideo, monitor, peruki, 2013

Self Portrait with Dictator, fotografia, druk cyfrowy, 2007

Accompanying events

(PL) 19 października 2015, 18:00 – spotkanie z artystką w ramach projektu Miasto przyszłości Europejskiej Stolicy Kultury Wrocław 2016. Prowadzenie Magdalena Komornicka, Zachęta

20 października 2015, 18:00 – wernisaż wystawy

5 i 26 listopada 2015, 17:00 – oprowadzania kuratorskie

25 października 2015, 12:30 – specjalny Niedzielny Poranek Filmowy. Animacja rosyjska oraz warsztaty dla dzieci i rodziców

About the artist

(PL) Anna Jermolaewa urodziła się w 1970 roku w Petersburgu, od 1989 mieszka i pracuje w Wiedniu. Jest uważana za jedną z najwybitniejszych współczesnych artystek austriackich. Do analizy struktury, w jakich funkcjonuje społeczeństwo, stosunków społecznych oraz sfery życia codziennego wykorzystuje głównie fotografię, wideo i instalację. W swoich pracach koncentruje się na ukazywaniu warunków i ograniczeń ludzkiego istnienia.