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Janek Simon

In conversation with
Florian Weigl

As part of the exhibition: META FOLKLORE
This took place before the opening on 04/08/2022

The artists invited to realize a project at 1646 are asked to engage in conversation with a correspondent via email or DM, be it someone previously unknown to them or whom they’re already familiar with.

This conversation spans the period before an exhibition is completed. 1646 invites the correspondent at the other end of this exchange to ask questions so they may be guided through the artist’s decision-making process and how their initial ideas develop toward completion. It provides insight into the artist’s body of work and is intended to paint a picture of the otherwise untraceable choices that constitute the artist’s practice.

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About Janek Simon: Simon (b. 1977) is a conceptual artist and an occasional curator based in Warsaw. The main motivation behind his work is curiosity. On a more concrete level he is inspired by travel, history of science and political ideas, and the practice and ethics of the DIY culture, always filtering the theories through his personal experience though. In recent years Simon developed a body of work investigating notions of distance and difference between places, working on projects that try to remap semi-peripheral position of Eastern Europe through geographical experiments.   Simon’s works were shown, amongst others, at Manifesta 7, Liverpool Biennale, Prague Biennale, and numerous individual exhibitions in major public art institutions in Poland and elsewhere (Arnolfini Bristol, Casino Luxembourg, Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski and others).
About the correspondent:
Florian Weigl (1985) is a curator and researcher based in Amsterdam. His interests are in art and contemporary technology, in collaboration with artists in the development of critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice- oriented research. 

Since 2015 he works as curator at V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands) where, besides curating various exhibitions, he initiated spaces for experimentation and development. Alongside his work at V2_, Florian works as independent curator, researcher and advisor. 

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