If the hours were already counted

A video installation by Angelika Markul

Angelika Markul
If the hours were already counted, 2016
May 11-July 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-9pm
Sector 2337 / 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present If the hours were already counted, a single-channel, site-specific video installation by Angelika Markul.

This 2016 film was shot in Naica, Mexico—a crystal cave in the Chihuahua desert. The crystal cave is now closed and no longer accessible to humans. Projected in a site-specific installation, Markul translates and transposes the environment of the cave into Sector 2337’s gallery space to raise questions about scientific technology and aesthetic exploitation. Here, scientists try to move among giant crystals suspected to have formed more than 200,000 years ago. The figures struggle with high temperatures and the 99% humidity while looking for primitive life forms. In this ancient labyrinth, we don’t know if there is a way to get in or get out.


Angelika Markul was born in 1977 in Poland. She lives and works in France and Poland. In 2016, she received the COAL Prize awarded to an artist whose practice navigates between art and environment.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Centre international d’art et de paysage de l’île de Vassivière, Vassivière, France, 2019; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France, 2018; Naturaleza reimaginada, Muntref – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018; Tierra del Fuego, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2018; Excavations of the Future, Laurence Bernard gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2016; What is lost is at the beginning, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland, 2016; Terre de depart, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2014; The Unleashed Forces. Angelika Markul and Contemporary Demonism, Muzeum Sztuki Łódź, Łódź, Poland, 2013; Installation monumentale, Domaine de Chamarande, Chamarande, France, 2013; Galerie Foksal, Warsaw, Poland, 2012 ; Salon Noir, MAC/VAL, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry sur Seine, France, 2010; Now New Moon, CSW Zakii, Torun, Poland, 2009.

Among her recent group exhibitions: CAC La traverse, Alfortville, France, 2018; Muzeum Wspolczesny Wroclaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2018; Power Station of Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China, 2018; Départ, Solo Galerie, Madrid, Spain, 2018; Après, Kewenig gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, 2018; Laurence Bernard gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2018; Bienalsur, Centro Cultural Néstor Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentine; Fundación Migliorisi Museum, Asunción, Paraguay, 2017; Take me I’m yours, Buenos Aires, Argentine, 2017; 3 Years anniversary group show, Laurence Bernard gallery, Geneva, Switzerland, 2017; Summer After images, Angelika Markul, Konrad Smolenski, Leto gallery, Varsovie, Pologne; Sans réserve, Mac-Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France, 2017; Zone Yonaguni, Les Abattoirs, Frac, Toulouse, France; Take me I’m yours, The Jewish Museum, New York, United States, 2016; The State of Life, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China, 2015; Immigrantes, Muntref – Centro de Arte Contemporáneo. Sede: Hotel de Inmigrantes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015; Take me I’m yours, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France, 2015; Inhabiting the world, Busan Biennale, South Korea, 2014; Tristan da Cunha, Pavillion 0, Signum Fondation, Venice, Italy, 2013; Art Souterrain, Montreal, Canada, 2012; Monte Negro, Installation, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, 2012; Collectioneuse, Focus Biennale de Lodz, Lodz, Poland, 2010; PLASH, Wolnosc od-zysku, Galerie National ZACHETA, Warsaw, Poland, 2009; La chaine-artists of France and Japan, BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan, 2007; Via Space, Galerie Babel, Trondheim, Norway, 2007; The Pantagruel Syndrome, Triennal Castello di RIVOLI, Musée d’art contemporain, Torino, Italy, 2005; J’en rêve, Fondation Cartier, Paris, France, 2005; I still believe in miracles, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de la Ville de Paris, France, 2005.