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

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

    • Paperback $37.00

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  • 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.

    Eastern Sugar was the name chosen by Générale Sucrière and Tate & Lyle for their joint venture to acquire sugar factories across Central Europe after the fall of communism in 1989. In the mid-2000s, the Franco-British consortium cashed in its investment to take advantage of a European Union compensation scheme and permanently shut down its sites. This book takes as its starting point artist Ilona Németh's extensive research into the history of sugar production in the region, from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century, when northern sugar beet emerged as a competitor to southern sugar cane, to the social impact of the rapid decline of the industry in the era of peak globalization. The fate of Eastern Sugar is explored as a microcosm of the mechanisms of postcommunist transition across Central Europe from the opportunism of financial speculators to the endemic corruption of privatization, posing the question of whether neoliberal marketization was the only viable exit strategy from state socialism. Contributions dealing with the social and environmental legacies of Caribbean sugar plantations situate the sugar histories of Eastern Europe within the spread of a monocultural system based on (neo)colonial extractivism. Through critical texts, conversations, and artistic interventions, Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar restores complexity to the history of the rapid decline of the Slovak sugar industry, and by extension the wider social and economic infrastructure of transition in Central Europe, while at the same time opening up planetary trajectories for postcapitalist alternatives.

    ContributorsEdit András, Fedor Blaščák and Rado Baťo, Johanna Bockman, Kathrin Böhm, Anetta Mona Chișa, Cooking Sections, Annalee Davis, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Ferenc Gróf, Dušan Janíček, Edit Molnár, Ilona Németh, Michael Niblett, Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore, Joanna Sokołowska, Imre Szeman, Raluca Voinea

    copublished with Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava

    • Paperback $29.95