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NEXT: Rafal Zajko, SLOT

Rafal Zajko
SLOT
Opening 21st July, 6-8pm.
The exhibition continues until 03 Sept

Opening times: Thu-Sat, 11-4pm.

Rafał Zajko is a polish artist based in London, UK. His work deals with issues around the industrial past exploring its environmental impact in relation to working class heritage and queer identities. His sculptural practice incorporates diverse materials and processes, including ceramic, ventilation systems, prosthetics, and performance.

Slot comprises a series of new sculptures and mural works commissioned by Abingdon Studios, establishing the artist’s first solo presentation in the north of England. Zajko offers an aesthetic becoming of Blackpool as a past, present, and future pleasure palace and destination historically rich in notions of progress and innovation.

The slot machine offers a realm of chance. Strategy and whimsy collide in playful yet sinister levels of frivolity, pleasure, and escapism. What multiverse might we be in when viewing Zajko’s Slot !?. Innuendo, sex, amusement, and gaming collaborate in a queer encounter hosted in a leading location for camp, kitsch and award-winning civic engineering- Blackpool.

“Slot” will be accompanied with a short text by Sam Moore.

Curated by artist and studio director Garth Gratrix.

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Rafał Zajko (b. 1988, Białystok, Poland) lives and works in London, UK. He holds an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art, London, UK. Recent solo exhibitions include “Song to the Siren” at Cooke Latham Gallery (2022) Amber Waves at Public Gallery (2021), Resuscitation, Castor Projects, London, UK (2020); We Were Here/My Tu Bylismy, Galeria Im. Slendzinskich, Białystok, Poland (2019); Unputdownable, White Cubicle, London (2018). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including New Contemporaries 2021 and shows at X Museum, Beijing, China (2020); TJ Boulting, London, UK (2020); Bold Tendencies, London, UK (2020); Goswell Rd, Paris, France (2019); Ashes/Ashes, New York, USA (2019); EXILE, Vienna, Austria (2019); Vitrine, Basel, Switzerland (2019); Litost, Prague, Czech Republic (2018); Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK (2016). His work will be on show at Whitechapel Open 2022. 

image: Rafal Zajko