Aleksandra Kubiak

(b. 1978, lives in Zielona Góra) is a visual artist, author of performances, film, and installations. She is a graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts of the University of Zielona Góra, where she currently runs the Studio of Performative and Multimedia Practices. She earned her DFA at the Magdalena Abakanowicz University of Arts in Poznań. Her performances, films, objects, and theatre projects frequently deal with complex and traumatic themes from the artist’s own autobiography.

They Are Special. They Shine, 2022, film, courtesy of the artist

Photos: Krzysztof Gawałkiewicz, Błażej Stachewicz 

The film comprises footage from three parties, stretched apart in time, organized by Kubiak for and with women – friends, colleagues, members of the public. The work is underpinned by the idea that functioning in a female community supports one in working through one’s anxieties and traumas. The first of the parties deals with the transition from the role of a child to that of a woman and mother; the second one with the public revealing of one’s secrets. The triptych ends with a get-together where the invited women are accompanied by the figure of Kubiak’s father in the shape of a puppet.

For Them, 2022, print on polyester fabric, courtesy of the artist and Mózg Foundation

The text printed on the fabric invokes Kubiak’s poem that served as a point of departure for her film Live, You Silly! In public space, it gains a political dimension, asking about the shape of a community that is no longer defined by ethnic, local, biological, or family kinship, but can be a result of a mature choice.

[based on text by Anna Mituś,]


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