Honorata Martin has won the 2017 Spojrzenia (Views) Deutsche Bank Award. The most important competition for young Polish artists is organized by DB and Zachęta – National Gallery of Art.
Martin is a painter, performer and multimedia artist whose works we've shown at Raster on the occasion of a group show Society is Mean. For the Views contest exhibition she has prepared a moving work in the form of a wigwam built out of things left in the apartment of her grandmother that has recently passed away.
As the artist says herself, "I don’t want to produce new objects. I want to build a sensible model made of things which lost their meaning, a model reminding of those who lost their foundation of security and permanence. I want to face issues I feel overshadowed with since I was a child. I wonder if such attachment to things still makes sense in the modern world, or will various forms of nomadism dominate in the near future."
Photos by Marek Krzyżanek
This exhibition takes place in a country whose society has a rather poor opinion of itself. The society is mean, the society is aging, and the force which is driving us toward all this is the progressive stabilization, which seems to have effectively conquered us after years of fighting on various fronts. Life in Poland has become terrifyingly ordinary. The works making up the Society Is Mean exhibition are not essentially asocial, but they do brilliantly render the distance between the individual and the society around him or her. The artists whose works we are presenting give us a wholesale revision of this consensus; the sphere of their confrontation with society is its language, its living space, and its dominant, stereotypical interpersonal relationships.