I went to Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park last Saturday and it was quite fun – as always with such things, a bit of a mind-blowing experience. But that’s to be expected from Frieze. What I didn’t expect to see was a Polish newspaper turned into a piece of art.
I came across this piece by Suzanne Treister, called Alchemy/Dziennik Polski:
Now, as you may or may not know, Dziennik Polski is a Polish daily, which has been published in London since 1940. (The Polish community here is nothing new and it’s had its presence on the British media scene since, well, since the Polish Section of the BBC started broadcasting in 1939. At least.)
But what the hell did the newspaper do as part of an art fair, in a massive frame and with highly symbolic signs? It’s part of Suzanne Trester’s series of works
which transcribe front pages of international daily newspapers into alchemical drawings, reframing the world as a place animated by strange forces, powers and belief systems.
A quick visit to her website reveals that The Guardian, the Evening Standard, Le Monde, Die Welt, FT, and my personal favourite, The Sun, plus scores of other newspapers all became part of the artistic process. I’ve never heard of Suzanne before, but – being a ‘media type’ – I fell in love with her work. If I could only express so accurately and poigniantly what I think about the state of modern media…..