Blue Republic is a collaboration of two artists, Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski. Our socially conscious, multi-disciplinary work deals with discursive formations in several intersecting arenas - political, urban, environmental, and philosophical. Since our art has an aspiration to be socially charged, the experience of life is predominant. It animates forms that destabilize the system of values, swapping roles between the artistic and the non-artistic, between reality and representation, between truth and falsity in the process of dehierarchization. We are committed to the broadening of the definition of art, which would include in it a wider philosophical discourse than the traditional context now allows.
Our practice is inspired by global phenomena of our times: production vs. the product, consumption, aspiration, concerns, and dreams of global citizen. In our work we strive to engage with the broadest dimension of contemporary experience, pushing the borders where art overlaps with social space. These interests trigger the search for the most appropriate and economical formal means, resulting in a hybrid combination of cross-media strategies.
Artist Bio / CV
Blue Republic has been involved in research projects, presentations and exhibitions in Canada and internationally. Current project at the 2013-2014 Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Shenzhen, Hong Kong. Exhibition highlights are: XVI International Sculpture Triennial in Poznan, Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna (Officina America); Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen, Germany; CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Cultural Services Co-op/Fields of Dreams project in Siem Riep, Cambodia; Curitiba, Brazil; Tokyo, Japan. Canadian exhibition venues include Darling Foundry, Montreal, DMG, U of T at Scarborough, Oakville Galleries, Koffler Gallery, Art Gallery of Sudbury, MacLaren Art Centre and Rodman Hall, Brock University. Blue Republic collaborates with other artists, architects, urban planners, social activists, art groups and centers of independent artistic research around the world.