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Józef Robakowski, Moskwa, 1986, gelatin silver print, 9 1/4 × 6 7/8".

Józef Robakowski

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Józef Robakowski, Moskwa, 1986, gelatin silver print, 9 1/4 × 6 7/8".

Can an artistic practice developed in resistance to—or maybe simply out of disregard for—one ideological system prove equally defiant in another? The answer is a resolute yes when it comes to the oeuvre of Józef Robakowski, who has been an active participant in the Polish art scene since the late 1950s.

Outside of his native country, Robakowski is probably best known as a structuralist filmmaker and experimental video artist. As such, he was celebrated in a traveling show at the Goethe-Institut’s Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38 in New York and at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2011–12. But otherwise, apart from exhibitions with lokal_30 and his Berlin gallery Żak | Branicka, solo appearances in Europe, let alone beyond, have been rare. Yet there is a lot to discover, since Robakowski has not only been open to exploring any medium whatsoever

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