Contemporary visual culture treats the body as a plastic material that can be formed, shaped, distorted and deformed as needed or desired. The images gathered for our exhibition are a special collection of such bodies subjected to various treatments and forms of subduing and controlling the body.
The cosmetic masks photographed by Grzeszykowska effectively reshape the artist’s face. The school lessons in anatomy in Koťátková’s collages results in deconstruction of the holistic unity of body and psyche. Araki’s nudes frankly address sexual practices grounded in domination.
The fabric of the skin, wrinkles, hand gestures. The joint exhibition of works by Zofia Rydet (1911–1997) and Aneta Grzeszykowska (born 1974) is a show of two artists who use the camera to construct captivating and rhetorically rich images of the female body.
In what way does the family life of artists merge into their art? Starting with the total practice of KwieKulik, a pair of artists who introduced their own child and other relatives into their poetic-structural “activities with a camera” in the 1970s, we take a look at how family ties and relations are tested in the public forum through the medium of art. So, does art work to create distance, or, conversely, does it contribute to a deeper understanding, empathy and unraveling of familial tensions?
16-23 January 2015
A roving art event that moves from city to city every couple of years, the VILLA project works with international art galleries to create a temporary, ongoing art community. This January VILLA touches down in Toronto to present an exhibition of contemporary art at Union Station.
(Polski) Mistyfikacja należy do ulubionych metod twórczych Anety Grzeszykowskiej. Artystka konsekwentnie, wręcz obsesyjnie rozkłada na części swój wizerunek, znika bądź podszywa się pod cudze tożsamości. Analiza procesów autokreacji – jednego z fundamentalnych tematów sztuki, ale także podstawowej kwestii dla kondycji dzisiejszego, postmedialnego społeczeństwa – jest również przewodnim motywem najnowszej serii zdjęć.