in Frieze London | 16 SEP 22

Goshka Macuga (Kate MacGarry, Stand A16)

b. 1967, Warsaw, Poland; lives and works in London, UK

in Frieze London | 16 SEP 22

Presenting at Frieze London 2022, as part of Indra's Net curated by Sandhini Poddar

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Assuming the roles of an archivist, historian, curator and exhibition designer, artist Goshka Macuga is deeply invested in historiography and the most pressing issues of our time. Of late, Macuga has been working on 3-D tapestries, which enable viewers to actively participate in their narratives.

At Frieze London, the artist includes a jesmonite head of Indian polymath and Nobel Prize Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) as a flower vase. The work relates to her larger series of 73 bronze sculptures from 2016, the “International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation” depicting 61 historical and contemporary figures in imaginary dialogue across cultural and temporal divides. Tagore is perhaps best known for his experimental outdoor school, Visva-Bharati in present-day West. Bengal, India. He had a particular sense of ecological philosophy and ethics, influenced by ancient Indic thought. For Macuga, Tagore’s partial colour vision deficiency, and how this impacted his writing and his art, is of central interest.

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Courtesy of the Artist and Kate MacGarry