Built with Berta.me

  1. Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    • 1

      Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7

      Exhibition installation view at California Institute of the Arts. Fot. Rafael Hernandez

    • 8

      Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    • 9

      Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    • 10

      Detail view, "Untitled". California Institute of the Arts. 

    ‘Palliasse’, an early 16th century word for straw mattress, from French ‘paillasse’, based on Latin ‘palea’ meaning ‘straw’. In French, it is also a derogatory term for a clown or a fool.

    Taking a straw mattress (in Polish, ‘siennik’) as a departure for the exhibition, the artist examines a neglected everyday object of the past as a site for an investigation into the emergence of a political subject. The conditions of this emergence point back towards systems of oppression — class, poverty, forced and upaid labor — and issues resulting from economic inequality, such as economic migration. Palliasse represents a kind of horizontality of labor expressed in a multitude of functions that play out as acts of resistance against power, desire against domination, relationships against rule, and body against authority.

    View video here