The Wake

Dominika Olszowy
The Wake



fabric, wood, cement, Swarovski crystals, epoxy resin, dried plants, video animation 5'10", 410 × 700 × 600 cm


Two-part installation entitled The Wake resembles the visualisation of a dream with a motif of a ceremony dedicated to bidding farewell to a departed person, and relief and consolation for those who say goodbye to her loved ones. Olszowy refers both to funeral rituals and to the wake, understood as a failed party. The work in the form of an installation and a video shows the remains of the party. It is built of food leftovers with tables and tablecloths turned upside down, hiding inside the secrets of life.


The installation was presented at the exhibition organized as part of Views 2019 at the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art.