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Winter Holiday Camp: Bringing Crisis to the Ministry of Culture

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Minister of Culture
Bogdan Zdrojewski

We, a group of artists and activists, the audience of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, turn to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage because we recognize that the institutions entrusted with the protection of artistic expression are in crisis.

The main points of crisis at CCA are well known. Employees are in a years long dispute with the management: director Fabio Cavallucci, vice-director Joanna Szwajcowska, and vice-director Adam Wroblewski. The Solidarity union has given voice to this situation publicly in a number of letters. Local and international artists have also called attention to an abuse of power. Numerous articles have appeared in the press.

Recent developments at the CCA have further complicated the situation. We interpret the blasphemy trial of artist Jacek Markiewicz and curator Marek Goździewski from the British British Polish Polish exhibition as an attack on freedom of expression that has resulted in pressure on the Ministry and the management of CCA from the right.

In this situation, we lend our unequivocal support to the entire community and institution of CCA. Given this impossible situation in which an historically important art institution finds itself, we think it is imperative for you to join the CCA, to strengthen rather than dilute artistic freedom, and to stand firm against the forces of violence and intimidation that seek to silence voices that cause them discomfort rather than engaging in dialogue. Culture is the most valuable and often vulnerable asset in any society. History shows that when it is used as a political target, societies at a crossroad march along the path in the opposite direction from freedom.

Therefore, we petition the Ministry of Culture to support the CCA in their mission to promote artistic freedom.

Members of Winter Holiday Camp:

Paweł Althamer, Raquel Gomez Amborosio, Tal Beery, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Antonio Calleja-Lopez, Maureen Connor, Gabriella Csoszó, Noah Fischer, Federico Geller, Zuzanna Ratajczyk, Dorota Sajewska, Igor Stokfiszewski, Joulia Strauss, Paula Strugińska, Martyna Sztaba, Zofia Waślicka, Katarzyna Wąs, Artur Żmijewsk

Occupy Museums at Momenta Art

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Occupy Your BFF, Seven Billion Bloombergs (Occupy Museums at Momenta Art Museums' closing event at Momenta Art is this Sunday, 10/28 beginning at 4pm. Hope to see you there!Momenta Art: 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY 11206 |This event is followed by a closing party from 6-8pm.

1. We hope that Momenta Art’s willingness to support the questions our movement raises can be an example for many others.We’re aware that by working with an institution that is partially supported by the Bloomberg Family Foundation (BFF) in its current season, we operate from a position of impurity. In recognizing our complicity and by engaging rather than ignoring the issue, we underline our commitment to experimentation and activating change in the existing world. We intend to push art institutions to question and act against injustice, and to highlight BFF as a case study in the blatant use of arts and non-arts funding as a means of whitewashing massive 1% power-grabs.

2. The physical space of Momenta Art is a Commons for the Occupy Movement (and beyond) during the show.

For the duration of this exhibition, the gallery will be available for use by the Occupy Movement and other interested groups as a common space. Use the Bushwick gallery to plan meetings, paint signs, group facilitation, yoga, or whatever needs a big space in Bushwick might fulfill.  The space offers a beautiful wooden floor, high ceilings, tables and chairs, and wireless internet access.  If you would like to use the space, please check the calendar link and sign up to use the space by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This space is available from Thursday to Monday, 12pm to 6pm, but other times may be available upon request.

Ceremony at the Pergamon Altar

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Ceremony at the Pergamon Altar for

Restitution of Art and Culture to the Commons!

 There is a famous treasure in Berlin known as the Pergamon Altar. This giant relief sculpture from Ancient Greece depicts the battle between the Giants and the Olympian gods known as the Gigantomachy. It was originally hewn from stone by workers from a culture that celebrated victory and ethics.  In the late 19th century, the Pergamon Altar was displaced from its original site in present-day Turkey and brought to Museum Island in Berlin. Since then it has been used and abused as a symbol- a representation of power by both Germany and the USSR.  The Pergamon Alter has come to symbolize the displacement and occupation of culture by the powerful elite.  A call has been issued for its return to Turkey.



International Targets Round 1

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International Targets: Round One Deutsche Bank June 13th     

The crisis of global capitalism requires a global response. We will now act against its leading institutions one by one. Transnational banks are central to this crisis and profit from the suffering of the people everywhere. Our first target will be Deutsche Bank.

Deutsche Bank is active in over 70 countries in the world, creating complex local crisis in various regions. For example, Deutsche Bank is speculating on the lives of people in Southen Europe, using economic and political mechanisms to ensure the payment of odious debts. In the United States, Deutsche Bank is known as the "foreclosure king" for driving millions of people from their homes.


Occupy Museums and the 7th Berlin Biennale

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Arriving at the “Occupy Biennale,” the Occupy section of the Berlin Biennial, was shocking. Although interesting lectures and discussions were held in our ground-floor space, architecturally it was a sunken pit, a fishbowl. Visitors could enter and stand on an elevated viewing platform to observe the occupiers go about their activism. Seemingly unaware of the institutional frame within which they were viewed, the occupiers who had organized and decorated the space painted the walls with slogans and hung banners to create a kind of Occupy themepark. We dubbed the space the “Human Zoo.” The setting was complicated further by a very strong curatorial frame, based on Artur Zmijewski’s desire to display only effective political action, and not “art” per se. Zmijewski, an internationally renown artist in his own right, has a track record of using people as marionettes and creating ethically and politically ambiguous scenarios. We were afraid we unwittingly agreed to play a role in his latest piece, an Occupy time-capsule and tomb that historicizes and deactivates the movement.