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"No Meat Without Bones" exhibition

Agata Madejska

June 07,2022 - July 29,2022

June 7, 2022 July 29, 2022

Illuminated and laid out bare. Through sculptural installation, that expand photographic processes beyond the printed page, Agata Madejska’s practice considers systems of power and how we come to operate with and in different socio-political architectures. For her first solo exhibition with Belmacz, No Meat Without Bones, Agata builds on her ongoing research into the roots of differing socioeconomic models; be these the politics of the state or of the home. 

Here, through close readings of feminist writings, Agata weaves together historical Communism and the ‘Transformation Years’ of post-Communist Poland, using her own familial relations to question the systematic nature of dependencies, social contracts, fluctuating political contexts, and wider societal transformations.

Tracing the weave of Agata’s research, this exhibition takes us back to Friedrich Engels’s 1884 treatise The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State. In this anthropological text, Engels questions androcentric thought systems, focusing on the position of women in early communities, exploring how these forms of being with and together developed into modern forms of social organisation based upon class and private property. The treatise has had a strong influence on feminist debates; suggesting that social inequality arises not only due to the actions of the ruling elite and state but through the ways in which patriarchal power is embodied in domestic structures. 

Taking a closer look at the death of real Polish socialism in the 1980s, and the following years of turbulence as Poland transitioned into a market based economy, the work included in No Meat Without Bones emerges from these greyed mists. Working from a personal positionality, whilst rooting her research in original film footage, interviews, and texts, the foreground of the exhibition places an emphasis on the materiality of speech; specifically, its ability to disturb how power wafts through both our private and public lives. In doing so, No Meat Without Bones makes palpable some sense of being with and in different structures of control; offering a slivered glimmer into a world not yet.


Agata Madejska (b.1979, Warsaw, Poland), graduated from Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen in 2007, and the Royal College of Art, London in 2010. 

Selected exhibitions include: I Dialogue, Kinch, Belmacz, London (2021); Mother Mercury, Art Night, London (2019); Modified Limited Hangout, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven (2018); Technocomplex, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart (2017); Place.Tlomackie 3/5, Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw (2017); Entoptic Screening, Galeria ASP, Warsaw (2016); Conflict, Time, Photography, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Albertinum Dresden (2015) and Tate Modern, London (2014); Form Norm Folly, Kunstverein Krefeld, Krefeld (2014); Twisted Entities, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2013); Man and his Objects, Museum Folkwang, Essen (2012);Menos tiempo que lugar, Palacio National de las Artes, Buenos Aires (2010); reGeneration 2, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (2010) and Aperture, New York (2011); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2010); Menos tiempo que lugar, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Quito, Ecuador (2009); Agata Madejska, allerArt, Bludenz (2009); gute aussichten 2007/2008, Goethe Institut, Washington D.C., USA (2008); XIII European Photography Prize Riccardo Pezza, Triennale di Milano, Italy (2008); The poetry of the functional, SMWK, Dresden, Germany (2007); Kodak Nachwuchs Förderpreis, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany (2007); Agata Madejska, Projektraum Mikro, Düsseldorf, Germany (2006).

Agata was awarded the renowned Contemporary German Photography award by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation in 2008 and the Emerging Artist Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in 2011. She has also been the recipient of public funding awards in both the UK and Germany.

Photo: Agata Madejska, Pendulum, 2022. 

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