Artur Żmijewski

KRWP features the former soldiers of the Honor Guards of the Polish Army, who are marching naked – but armed. The artist persuaded them to act out a representative parade drill in front of the camera. In the beginning they do it in full uniform, at the square next to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In the second part of the video, the drill takes place in a gym hall, where the soldiers are either completely naked or clad only in boots and four-cornered caps. They follow their commander around the room, present the arms, make the usual gestures, simulate an attack. The video is one of the key new studies of the male nude in contemporary Polish art and a reflection on the norms of military masculinity.

KRWP, 2000, wideo 7'13"
Honor Guards of the Polish Military, 2000, video 7'13"

Kolekcja CSW Zamek Ujazdowski
Collection of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

KRWP, 2000, wideo 7'13"
Honor Guards of the Polish Military, 2000, video 7'13"

Kolekcja CSW Zamek Ujazdowski
Collection of the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz