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?
The white woolen dolls are hand sewn by Grzeszykowska. They represent an image that the artist has of her own daughter, Franciszka – in different, future stages of her life. Each of the white dolls will be completed by a photographic equivalent of Franciszka when she reaches a particular age.