Siennik / Palliasse ︎︎︎

Single channel video with audio,
6:47 min
drywall, wood, concrete, chalkboard paint, framed print, canvas, hay

The exhibition hinges on a neglected everyday object, a straw mattress (in Polish, ‘siennik’), 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, unpaid labor — and issues resulting from economic inequality and 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.

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. Committee: Leslie Dick, Harry Dodge, Tom Lawson. 

Images: Rafael Hernandez