Zofia Kulik

In her works, the artist often shows the “male-war” culture. In the works of the Columns series, the products of the so-called heavy industry – missiles, cannons, cogwheels and similar objects surround a figure of a naked man, whose vulnerability is enhanced by a black background, emptiness around the model and lack of any support. “Shapes” and “relations” between them refer to the visual language of persuasion and propaganda. They show that, regardless of space and time we use similar symbols, similar systems of characters.

The Ethnic Wars piece deals with the theme of the relationship between a real contemporary ethnic war and its portrayal in the media, where the images of corpses and skulls of dead men are accompanied by the misery of women. The repeatability of gestures, tears and wailing turns the report into cruel theater. Attention of the spectator is drawn by the permanent visual attribute of these scenes: headscarves of the grieving women – patterned squares, saturated with color, sensual, decorative, precisely composed, often according to an abstract pattern. They seem timeless, coming from a different world than the one of blood, suffering and sorrow. During the screening the same skull appears on the screen in a monotonous rhythm against a background of yet another headscarf.

Księżycowa czaszka Monstrancja, z serii: Kolumny, 1995, fotografie wielokrotnie naświetlane
The Moon Skull and The Monstrance, from the Columns series, 1995, multi-exposed photographs

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

Wojny etniczne, 1995–2012, wideo 4'40"
Ethnic Wars, 1995–2012, video 4'40"

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz

Wojny etniczne, 1995–2012, wideo 4'40"
Ethnic Wars, 1995–2012, video 4'40"

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz
Wojny etniczne, 1995–2012, wideo 4'40"
Ethnic Wars, 1995–2012, video 4'40"

Dzięki uprzejmości artystki i Żak|Branicka, Berlin
Courtesy of the artist and Żak|Branicka, Berlin

Fotografie/Photos: Wojciech Pacewicz