artists: Stanisław Dróżdż, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Izabella Gustowska, Marianne Heske, Marek Sapetto, Anna Witkowska, Artur Żmijewski
curator: Daniel Kotowski
collaboration: Maria Świerżewska, Monika Zaleszczuk
The latest show in the Living Storages series came about as a result of a search of the Zachęta collection for works depicting reactions to the experience of social pressure.
Anyone who wants to be a member of society must conform to the norm. They must be socially appropriate, statistically average, scientifically healthy and personally desired. Thus, they strive to achieve a state of normality. They do this by working on themselves and controlling their reflexes in everyday behaviour, conduct and habits. In this way, they become part of the power mechanism that regulates social life. The selection of works shows the difficulties posed by a system in which a model of the ‘statistical human’ is in force.
British Council is partner of the show as part of the Europe Beyond Access project.
More information on works presented as part of the show can be found on Zachęta website.