Katarzyna Kozyra

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Two uniformed Russian officials stand among snowy birch trees, the pale forest background in contrast to the grey, bureaucratic foreground of their uniforms. It could be a chilling, serious scene, and yet, the whole effect is undone by the fact that these “officials” are locked in an intense kiss, hands clasped on each others’ buttocks: an absurd, yet tender reversal of the crackdown on “gay propaganda” in Russia. by contemporary Russian provocateurs The Blue Noses Group stands tall with... [more]
Transgression   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Katarzyna Kozyra at Museum Arnhem June 3rd, 2012 - October 7th, 2012
Posted 8/13/12
For all the talk of how shocking Polish artist Katarzyna Kozyra’s artwork is – her show at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem is called Transgression after all – it isn’t the ostensibly scandalous elements in her work that cross lines. Blood, violence, disability, slaughter, cross-dressing, and all manner of genitalia abound, but the sophisticated art viewer is likely unperturbed by the presence of these offenses. Kozyra’s true crime is her undermining of human autonomy, the way she... [more]
From the Archive   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Wojciech Bąkowski, Yane Calovski, Sławomir Elsner, Katarzyna Kozyra, Paweł Ksiązek, Zofia Kulik, Robert Kuśmirowski, Agnieszka Polska at ŻAK | BRANICKA June 26th, 2009 - September 19th, 2009
Posted 7/11/09
One of the most popular artistic practices is the filling system: the active construction of an archive. Philosophers such as Jacques Derrida and Hal Foster site this process in their search for a key to defining and understanding the trajectory of contemporary art. [1] ZAK BRANICKA presents work by seven of the gallery's artists based on different forms and interpretations of the archive.   Zofia Kulik is an artist who has self-constructed archives composed of collected documents and... [more]
Snow White meets John Waters in Kozyra’s 'summertale'   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Katarzyna Kozyra at Postmasters October 18th, 2008 - November 15th, 2008
Posted 11/9/08
In her third solo show at Postmasters gallery, polish artist Katarzyna Kozyra exhibits a video and suite of production stills representing the final installment of , a series of quasi-theatrical productions, video installations, and interactive performances initiated by the artist in 2003. Kozyra’s summertale is a grotesque and enigmatic loose rendition of the classic fairy tale, Snow White, including a quintet of female midget-dwarfs, a drag queen, and an operatic dandy known as the Maestro.... [more]
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