Aneta Grzeszykowskas exhibition at Mindepartementet

By on January 31, 2017
16 February to 14 May 2017
Mindepartementet, Art and Photography
Slupskjulsvägen 26 C
Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
Free entrance
In this year’s first exhibition Body of Work presents Mindepartementet Art and Photography the Polish artist Aneta Grzeszykowska, born in 1974 in Warsaw, where she lives and works.

Aneta Grzeszykowska is central in contemporary Polish art. Her installations, films and photographic series revolves around gender, identity and body but also touches on anthropological and existential issues. The exhibition features works from different periods, as the photographic series Untitled Film Stills (2006), Negative Book (2012-2013), Selfie (2014), Halina (2016) and video works Negative Process (2014) and Bolimorfia (2008).

The attention photo collection Selfie (2014), central in the exhibition, is about how we create the image of ourselves. Aneta Grzeszykowska moves in the borderland between sculpture and photography, life and death, artificial and real when she from parts of her own body creates sculptures in pig skin which she shows off against a backdrop of leather.

The series Halina takes Aneta Grzeszykowska the role as an artist as well as subjects. By replacing Halina Zamecznik, wife and model to the artist Wojciech Zamecznik, with a collage of her own naked body she challenges the passive role that is associated with the naked female body in art.

With its feminist perspective and focus on the body approaching Aneta Grzeszykowska artists such as Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta and Alina Szapocznikow. In the early serie Untitled Film Stills (2006), she refers to the role of artist / model in a reconstruction of Cindy Sherman’s classic work from the 1970s. The original black and white photographs have been replaced by color images in large format with herself in the lead role. Original compositions are carefully preserved but props, clothes and environments have been updated and reveals the passage of time.
The series Negative Book (2012-2013) continues Aneta Grzeszykowska to from images from her everyday life exploring the photographic medium and the relationship between negative and a physical photography. With Negative book and film Negative process she plays with the relationship between photography, painting and performance art. When she paints her own body black, with shadows marked in white, it gets on the negative a light almost luminous character and stand out against the other characters in the images, creating a sense of alienation and raises questions about how we shape our own life story.
Aneta Grzeszykowska is an extremely interesting artist. Based on feminist art, the body and the 1960s and ’70s performance art tradition, she is about to take a prominent place in the international contemporary art, says Estelle af Malmborg, curator and founder of Mindepartementet.

– It’s the first time she shown in Sweden and in an exhibition that gives visitors a broad and in-depth picture of her artistry. This should not be missed, continues af Malmborg.

Aneta Grzeszykowskas work has received considerable attention in recent years and has been shown in numerous exhibitions around the world. Several works from the series Selfie was recently purchased by the Centre Pompidou in Paris and she is represented in institutions such as Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Rubell Family Collection, Miami and Museum Folkwang, Essen.
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