Hubert Czerepok

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Date and place of birth: 1973, Słubice, Poland

Living place: Warsaw, Poland

Theme: visual arts

ECC Participation: event curator

photo: private archive

Visual artist, creator of artistic objects, installations and films. Hubert Czerepok explores in his works various relations between everyday usage articles, public places and people who make use of those things and objects; he is frequently doing that in an ironic way or with an absurd sense of humour. In the installation TV Room two persons nodded off whilst watching TV, in Recreational Kits (2000) the artist used popular devices and articles, like solarium and grill.

„Even being in opposition, artist is a part of the system. Counterculture always ends up as culture.”

His art often interferes in the public space, it also transforms and makes use of various aspects of the contemporary visual culture. Czerepok ‘utilises’ press coverage, like he did in the project Strange Tourists that referred to the substantiated by ufologists meeting of Jan Wolski with aliens in Emilicin (1978). He looks with fresh eye on such places like public cultural institutions. In his film Library (2003), a workstation turned into a recreational area, while the installation Everything is Fine (2003) showed how a gallery gets transformed into an office filled with computers. In the latter work Czerepok raised also questions about the way the arts function in the society. These issues were also addressed in Survivors of the White Cube (2003-2004), a board game co-created with Sebastian Mendoz. The player had to maintain in the art market by discovering the mechanics of the title white cube. “The artist plays with the viewer, with another artist and with the curator, the curator plays with another curator and so on... In the white cube, the work is in full swing”, says Czerepok.

Czerepok graduated from the Poznań Academy of Fine Arts in 1999. He co-managed (with Sławek Sobczak ) the ON gallery in Poznań (1998-2001), while together with Zbigniew Rogalski he worked in the artistic tandem Magisters (2000-2002). Scholarship holder at, among others, National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp.

As a participant of the European Culture Congress he is, together with Katarzyna Roj, the curator of the exhibition Tomorrow Never Dies.

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