Joanna Rajkowska

Painkillers are models of weapons often used in contemporary conflicts created as castings made from powdered painkillers and polyurethane resin. The concept of the piece refers to research into biological weapons. Its main assumption is that the same pharmaceutical companies often engage in the production of biological weapons and clinical research and medicines production at the same time, using similar technology and engaging the same people.

The Progress video was created during the preparation of the Painkillers project for the Progress and Hygiene exhibition at Zachęta in 2014. A girl is repeating names of different kinds of weapons after an off-camera voice: “bow and arrow”, “fire arrow”, “rocket” or “Little Boy nuclear bomb”. The names of weapons along with the place and date of their manufacture are indicated on an accompanying sheet.

Progress, 2014, wideo 02'11"
Progress, 2014, video 02'11"

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki, Żak|Branicka, Berlin oraz l’etrangere London
Courtesy of the artist, Żak|Branicka, Berlin and l’etrangere London

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

Obiekty z cyklu Painkillers, 2014; w tle: rysunki z serii Creating colors of books, 2015
Objects from the Painkillers series, 2014; in the background: drawings from the Creating colors of books series, 2015

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki
Courtesy of the artist

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

Obiekty z cyklu Painkillers, 2014
Objects from the Painkillers series, 2014

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki
Courtesy of the artist

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz
Rysunki z serii Creating colors of books, 2015
Drawings from the Creating colors of books series, 2015

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki
Courtesy of the artist

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz