Agata Ewa Kordecka: Micro-Publishing and the Fine Arts

Moving to foreign lands was a tradition in Agata’s family. Even before the Yalta Conference, Stalin was redrawing national borders to project his geo-political power westward. By then, Agata’s grandparents, from Soviet Ukraine and Belarus, had already been forced to leave their homes and move to Krakow. Shortly thereafter, they moved even further west to the former Prussian city Breslau (today called Wrocław, Poland), where they actively participated in the former German city’s Soviet renewal. Agata, albeit for different reasons, moved from Poland to Northern Italy, where, as she ironically laments, “nobody understands her jokes.” Likewise, nobody understands her art: Agata, a professional visual artist, has no local art center to exhibit at and no local artistic community to take part in. Her innovative solution to that artistic solitude was to dispatch her art around the globe by founding her own publishing company. Come welcome to Agata to our show!

When: Wednesday, April 27th, 2022, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time   (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time / 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Suis-je un imposteur ? / Am I an Impostor?

« Bonjour ! Êtes-vous un imposteur ? » Président Richard Nixon et « The
King » Elvis Presley se serrent la main dans le Bureau ovale (décembre 1970) / “Hi! Are you an impostor?” President Richard Nixon and “The King” Elvis Presley shake hands in the Oval Office (December, 1970) [Photo courtesy of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum]

Chers Collègues,

À peine le nouvel an 2022, il m’a été proposé d’animer un atelier de prise de parole lors du programme “Femmes d’Avenir.” Dans l’offre, il m’a été souligné que souvent les entrepreneuses ont de la difficulté face au “syndrome d’imposteur” et qu’un atelier qui les aiderait à avoir plus d’assurance en elles en présentant leurs projets, serait bienvenu. Alors, j’ai créé l’atelier “Suis-je un imposteur ?” pour montrer les rôles sociaux selon le sociologue Émile Durkheim et faire comprendre que chacun de nous est en train de “jouer” plusieurs rôles à la fois, en essayant de communiquer soi-même. À ce jour, j’ai animé l’atelier plusieurs fois et rien ne me satisfait plus qu’écouter les participantes avouer que, “Non, je ne suis pas un imposteur !”

Un grand merci à Positive Planet France et ACTION’ELLES.

Bien à vous,

Siméon

Dear Colleagues,

As the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2022 (ok, shortly thereafter), I was asked to do a public speaking workshop as part of the “Women of the Future” initiative. In the request, it was mentioned that female entrepreneurs often have to deal with the so-called “impostor syndrome” and that anything I could do to help participants feel more “themselves” when presenting their projects would be welcome. So I created the workshop “Am I an Impostor?” to show the social roles of sociologist Émile Durkheim and drive home the point that we are all “playing” several roles at a time as we try to communicate “me” to everyone else. To date, I have done the workshop several times and nothing satisfies me more than hearing the participants declare “No, I’m no impostor!”

Big thanks to Positive Planet France and ACTION’ELLES.

Yours,

Simeon

Maria Krasinski: Art Hiding in Paris 

Self Portrait (2022) by Maria Krasinski

Can the fine arts flourish outside of curated galleries and museums?  Maria Krasinski, an artist & illustrator, says yes.  Her forthcoming book with author Lori Zimmer portrays the “hidden” works of art that transform Paris into a permanent exposition en plein air, yet one which only admits the carefully attentive viewer.  What makes their guide to Paris’ hidden art all the more noteworthy?  Maria brings each artwork to exuberant life through the frame of her own perceptive illustrations.  Oh, and did I mention that Maria is Managing Director of News Decoder, an innovative news service that publishes news by and for a global youth readership?  As journalists are being attacked on all fronts by the many who consider them to be enemies of “the people,” what is the state of journalism today and, ideally, what role should it play in the modern West?  Come welcome Maria to our show!

When: Wednesday, April 20th, 2022, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time   (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time / 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Lviv Municipal Art Center, Ukraine: The War Exhibition

Russian soldiers rape women in Ukrainian cities (2022) by Kinder Album

In Shakespeare’s King Lear, as the decisive field battle against the conniving imposters is to begin, the blinded Earl of Gloucester is led by his legitimate son, Edgar, to sit under the quiet shade of a tree.  Edgar then rushes off to fight the imposters and Gloucester anxiously waits out the battle under that tree.  By now, we all know that Lviv is a city on Ukraine’s western border and – for now – somewhat removed from the Russian Armed Forces’ invasion to the north, south and east.  The residents of Lviv still hear the air raid sirens day and night and look up at the sky wondering which bombs will rain down, but perhaps the city’s most unbearable moments come from the same thoughts that troubled the blind Gloucester as he waited in the soft afternoon breeze.  

Last week, the Lviv Municipal Art Center unveiled its wartime “Shelter” Exhibition of Ukrainian Artists, an extraordinary gesture of defiance that is sure to make all other artists rethink their work’s potential.  As we will experience, these valiant Ukrainian artists are no strangers to bravery and the overwhelming power of “Shelter” will be felt far beyond the frontlines.  

When: Wednesday, April 13th, 2022, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time   (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time / 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Sylvia Eisenburger-Kunz: The Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Vienna

The Rape of Orithyia by Boreas (ca 1615) by Peter Paul Rubens

Vienna is well-known for its classical music, but what about its huge contribution to the visual arts?  Vienna’s premier visual arts institutions – The Academy of Fine Arts, the Albertina Museum, the Museum of Modern Art – are all supported by Society of Friends of the Fine Arts Vienna, the mission of which is to procure new acquisitions for their collections and commission new artworks.  Sylvia Eisenburger-Kunz is the Society’s General Secretary and nobody knows the visual arts of Vienna better than she does.  Come welcome Sylvia to our show for an exclusive look at Vienna, City of the Visual Arts!

When: Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time  (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time / 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live