SYBREN RENEMA / CRITIC’S GUIDE: WARSAW (FRIEND OF A FRIEND) / FRIEZE / KRZYSZTOF KOŚCIUCZUK

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“LETO hosts Sybren Renema (Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague) a Dutch artist, musician and author working in Glasgow whose interest spans fine arts, history, geography and the natural sciences. Here Renema presents a meditative video Discovery (2017) documenting the fictional journey of a small piece of wood from the Antarctic research vessel, the Royal Research Ship Discovery launched in 1901 from Dundee (where the original vessel is now on display), that drifts through the stratosphere. Having reached an altitude of 32,000 feet the object landed in the north of England. Featured in the Antarctic Pavilion in last year’s Venice Biennale, ‘the video’, LETO comments, ‘reflects a general human penchant for escapism’. A timely remark considering Poland’s political situation which shows no sign of improving despite the fact it’s not making the front pages of newspapers. The presentation is made complete with a neon sculpture quoting an utterance made by the British Royal Navy officer and explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott who upon reaching the South Pole found that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten him to it: ‘Great God! This is an Awful Place.’”

LETO is closed till November 13 due to technical reasons