Fragment from the curatorial text for the exhibition:
“I recollect all those various memories for they will become the material for Dominika Olszowy’s exhibition. Nonconventional, nonverbal, with a unique background story. The Bare Belly turns out to be a story of the illusory sense of safety. As soon as we think that we have figured out this whole mindfulness business, that everything fits perfectly into its place, that the time has finally come for us to lie down and breathe, feel and be yourself… well, little did we know. Things happen on their own accord out of our control. You plan your holidays in hot countries to get some air and clear your head, you think of the actual sunrays, not daily supplementation with vitamin D, when suddenly you find yourself in the middle of an earthquake. Can you really plan for safety?
“It’s kind of funny, Gabi, how I always begin working on my exhibition and really want to say something on good emotions, but things somehow get awry and eventually the dark side swallows everything up”.
I say that it’s like trying to cheat your destiny.
Dominika Olszowy has now embarked on an artistic journey working with stained glass. Gluing together pieces of colour glass, she tells stories of her daily life locked in a Chinese-box format. She puts the laborious craftsmanship to the foreground, leaving behind the scenographic concept. Is that good?
Intuition prompts us to say yes. The glued thought creatures are completely autonomic. They need silence and space to tell us about themselves.
They don’t need the illusion of far-away countries.”