3-channel video installation, 2022, photographs, 2021
The photos show a young woman inside an empty Bauhaus space in Warsaw. She is adopting her body to the architecture, sometimes protecting sensitive areas such as her neck. Even though the woman leans on the handrail or the wall, her body postures are not natural or comfortable and require muscle tension. For the first time in my practice, I used myself as a model, too - within the series I combined the portraits of me and a choreographer so that it was not obvious how many women were depicted.
The video work presents two young acrobats creating figures together — the older girl becomes a support for the younger. There is also a pose performed individually, however on an object, which is the handstand canes. The exercises are recorded with two cameras, one of which is fixed on a bolt. The robot analyses the movements in close-ups and slow motion, in order that all the gestures and strains are detectable. It is visible in the distance shots and becomes a character himself.
The title of the project comes from Zygmunt Bauman’s From Pilgrim to Tourist – Or A Short History of Identity, from the passage The Player.
no mental scars, no nursed grudges video was realised with and thanks to ia:
Director of photography: Marcin Gołąb
Assistant director: Kuba Gryżewski
Perfromers: Zuzanna Ćwikła, Magdalena Wróblewska
Studio, bolt, cameras: bites studio
Lenses: Fast Media
Postproduction: Black Photon
The exhibition in eastcontemporary gallery in Milan in January 2022, when the project was show for the first time, was produced thanks to the support of the Consulate General of Poland in Milan, the Polish Institute in Rome and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Documentation of the exhibition in eastcontemporary
, Milan, 2022, with the text by Antonio Grulli
Documentation of the exhibition published by Contemporary Art Library
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