An online exhibition that brings together five video works by Alicja Rogalska, our artist-in-residence.
Alicja Rogalska’s interdisciplinary work focuses on social structures and the political subtext of everyday life. Through the works brought together in this show, she explores issues such as labour, migration and class divides, exposing the reliance of capitalism and its global markets on mechanisms of exclusion and marginalization. Rogalska works in collaboration with various groups and individuals as she creates space for different voices to be heard and co-exist, whilst collectively searching for emancipatory alternatives for the future.
As Rogalska tells us, “I am interested in trying to unearth revolutionary, utopian potential in the everyday and creating small shifts in what is politically imaginable and thus possible”.
Over five weeks, we launch a film a week including ‘The Aliens Act’, ‘Tear Dealer’, ‘My Friend’s Job’, ‘The Royals’ and ‘What If As If’. Through these films we will witness a pop-up shop where people are offered cash for their tears, a new protest song and music video made with street musicians in Jakarta, agricultural migrant workers in Jersey discussing their labour conditions whilst designing a bronze potato prize for best employer, and the chance to sit down with lawyers directly affected by UK immigration policies as they are invited to come up with speculative fictions in immigration law.
Born in Poland, Alicja Rogalska exhibits internationally and lives and works in London, UK.
As our artist-in-residence, Alicja is sited in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex. She is currently making a new video work which responds to the urgent necessity of re-imagining our relationship to each other and to the natural world to sustain planetary life. It will be screened at Art Exchange and Focal Point Gallery later on this year.