An event to mark the debut of 'Californication', the first major book by Magdalena Kita, published by Snoeck Verlag, Cologne. The programme will be presented in a 'talk show' format, with panel interviews of the book's contributors and a performance display of Kita's work.
'Californication' represents the culmination of Kita's two-year project conducted in Los Angeles and several other cities, consisting of a large series of painted beach towels, choreographed performances with fitness models, and television advertisements. The book connects these outcomes with ten essays from art critics, professional colleagues, and the artist's ex-boyfriends, establishing a tone typical for her work which blurs the boundaries between Kita's personal life, public persona, and the social consequences of sexual politics.
Kita maintains several concurrent bodies of work where products of her elaborate visual style, drawn on her own symbolic parables of feminine power, are inserted into everyday engagements as a mode of maximizing their effect and putting these narratives into being.
Magdalena Kita (*1983, Poland) lives in Cologne. She recently won the 2016 Van Bommel Van Dam Prize at the eponymous museum in Venlo, Netherlands, and completed a six-month residency in Brussels and Athens developing a new series of Byzantine-style icons. Kita is the resident artist at SUPERDEALS, Brussels this May.
Event participants include: Matthew Licht, writer and publisher; JL Murtaugh, the book's editor/designer and director of Syndicate in Cologne; moderated by Marthe Ramm Fortun