list of projects and studio works

Siennik / palliasse
single channel video, with audio, 8 min,

‘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 unpaid labor — and issues resulting from economic inequality and economic migration.

Siennik / palliasse
Theatre of chance
2019 Drywall, wood, charcoal paint, hay, inkjet print on foamcore, canvas
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.

Futile experiments in mimesis
Futile experiments in mimesis
Single channel video with audio, 18 min
The performative action in the work addresses classical (mimetic) system of representation. It engages ritualized and mundane gestures (clasped arms, rocking motion) as repetition that is at once a reenactment and re-experiencing of a set of meanings already socially established. The action is an attempt to challenge the patriarchal representation, rooted in the writings of Aristotle and throughout Western philosophy, of a Mother and a Woman figure as a performative subject.

Futile experiments in mimesis posits a claim for a political and representational visibility in contemporary culture through an examination of text, embodiment and a notion of feminist mimesis to dislodge women from their prison-house of historical pain and contestation and to release the transgressive corporeality of the female performer.