Good Times, Bad Times


Good Times, Bad Times is the title of the first solo exhibition of the artist Anna Jermolaewa in Poland. It is borrowed from a series of unpretentious photographs from 2007 that capture an urban everyday life situation: on a grey facade pigeons use the arrows of a wall clock to sit on. Through the serial arrangement of the photographs, it turns out that a quarter to three is a better time for them to rest there than five minutes to five. The title at the same time refers to the German soap opera Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten that has been broadcast from Monday to Friday in the early evening programme on the private TV channel RTL since 1992.

Anna Jermolaewa. Good Times, Bad Times
Exhibition: 28 February–10 May 2015
Opening: 27 February
Curator: Christiane Erharter
Collaboration on the part of Zachęta: Magdalena Komornicka

The exhibition features artworks that were created over the last fifteen years and brings into focus new and very personal productions by the artist. Besides projects about the current oppositional movement in Russia, political works that deal with her personal history are also shown. Very often, banal and trivial scenes that Jermolaewa observes in her own life and the everyday become the point of departure for her projects, as in Step Aside (2008) and Trying to Survive (2000). “These scenes serve as metaphors for social and political processes”, states the artist.

Anna Jermolaewa is considered one of Austria’s most outstanding contemporary artists. As a media artist, she works mainly with photography, video and installation. Her main interests are the analysis of society’s functional structures, as well as social relations and the circumstances of everyday life. With her works, she puts a focus on the basic conditions and requirements of human existence.

Caption: Anna Jermolaewa, Untitled (Goats), 2015, installation (video, objects), courtesy of the artist, photo Anastasia Jermolaewa