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Angelika Markul is one of the most interesting artists of the new generation. She uses an extremely unique repertoire of forms, combining video images with installations constructed of glass, wood, black foil, eye irritating lamps, or industrial ventilators. Certain elements constantly appear in her works, forming new configurations and arranging the space differently. During the NEW MOON exhibition - an extensive presentation of Angelika Markul's art - CoCA's interiors will become a giant installation, composed of her previous videos, sculptures and a site-specific project.

The title of Markul's exhibition is derived from one of the phases of the Moon - a period described in many cultures as extremely fortunate, as the time of purification, balance, transformation, the time of sowing. Paradoxically, the works of Angelika Markul manifest neither harmony, nor alleviation. The sensual world created by the artist is disturbing, even repulsive; a world on the verge of decay, that makes us avert our eyes. While manoeuvring through this world, the viewer is forced to lean on one's senses and intuition. Reality mixes with irrational, overscaled landscapes, inhabited by trapped exotic plants and animals. Movie scenes take place in radically composed, dramatic background, illuminated with pale, glimmering light, surrounded by latex forms and wheezing ventilators.

Angelika Markul was born in Szczecin, Poland. She has lived and worked in Paris since 1997. In 2003 she graduated from Paris Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in multimedia, directed by Christian Boltanski. Markul collaborates with the Galerie Frédéric Giroux in Paris and Kewenig Galerie in Koln. During the inauguration of CoCA in Torun (2008), she presented her spectacular foam sculpture entitled Iceberg.

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Angelika Markul