there is not, there is not a soul

Dorota Gawęda and Egle Kulbokaitė

opening 24 june 2021

With the support of prohelvetia and Bulgarian Fund for Women.
The artists' work is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.

opening: June 24, 18:00-20:00

YGRG 171: June 25, 16:00-19:00
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Swimming Pool is delighted to present "there is, there is not a soul", an exhibition by artist duo Dorota Gawęda and Egle Kulbokaitė that is to open on June 24. In relation to the exhibition, the artists will also run Young Girl Reading Group 171 on June 25. YGRG investigates the act of reading as an intimate experience and also potentially a public performance through the "outlouding" of words. YGRG 171 will be reading selected chapters from Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence by Timothy Morton and Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania, ed. by Gábor Klaniczay and Éva Pócs.

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Dorota Gawęda (b. 1986, PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (b. 1987, LT) are an artist duo based in Basel (CH). They work within a variety of media spanning performance, photography, installation, fragrance, sculpture, text and video. Gawęda and Kulbokaitė are MA graduates of the Royal College of Art, London (2012), and have been working together since 2013. In their work, the duo explore artistic production through collaboration and search for aberrant media that lend themselves to creating speculative environments. Formally, Gawęda and Kulbokaitė explore incompleteness and linguistic ingraspability, apparent both in their approach to performance as in the sculptural objects and environments that they propose, offering ways to renegotiate our complex relationship to Nature - ecological system that we have historically defined as separate to ourselves, as outside. Their recent solo shows include: Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (solo/film screenings, 2020); Body Archive, Zurich (2020); Trafo Gallery, Budapest (2020); Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (2020 and 2018); Fri Art – Centre d’Art de Fribourg / Kunsthalle Fribourg and Wallriss (2020); Futura, Prague (2019); Lucas Hirsch Gallery, Düsseldorf (2019); Cell Project Space, London (2018). Upcoming exhibitions include: Eat the Museum, Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil (group, 2020); MOUTHLESS (DZIADY), On Curating project space, Zürich (solo, 2020), Swiss Performance Award presentation, Le Grütli, Geneva (shortlisted, 2020), Lucas Hirsch Gallery, Düsseldorf (solo, 2020), Istituto Svizzero, Milan (screening/performance, 2020). Gawęda and Kulbokaitė are also the founders of YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (2013-).