MARIJA MOJCA PUNGERČAR
JULIA VAN KOOLWIJK
MARJOLIJN VAN DER MEIJ
Security Service. Let's Have a Rest,
2005 (foam, clothes)
In the work entitled Security
Service. Let's Have a Rest, thread
is used as a means of creation
of the artwork. It is visible as a stitch binding the garments
of public workers into a piece of cloth. The fabric enwraps or
virtually dresses up three pillows casually placed in the space,
and thus the work acquires its applied value. In this work, the
essence of the sitting objects, which invoke perception through
the criteria of design products, is consciously employed in the
manner of pluralistic strategies of contemporary art production
– in fact, as play. Janin's artwork is visitor-friendly. It offers
him/her a chance to rest – on the physical and the mental level.
not redundant to mention that every exhibition room requires a
spot that offers a possibility for introspection. This work presents
such an island at this exhibition. The primary goal of the installation,
however, is to invite the viewer to think about the substance
of the work. The garments of cleaners of (outdoor) public spaces
and members of first aid crews, or protective jackets in general,
as well as cordons that adorn these packages, connote the restricted
of movement. The work raises awareness in the viewer about the
unselfish work of those employed in the mentioned sectors. Is
it not precisely individuals from these sectors who sacrificed
their health and frequently their lives after terrorist attacks,
for instance on
September 11? The comfortable sculptural emplacement is a monument
to all unselfish individuals, who are most frequently forgotten
as soon as the "catastrophes" come to an end.
Born in 1964 in Warsaw (Poland).
She completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
She creates in different media – performance, photography, video,
mixed-media sculpture, installation and actions. Her works were
exhibited at over 150 group and personal exhibitions around the
world. She participated at the biennials in Istanbul (1992), Sydney
(1993), Sonsbeek (1993) and Liverpool (1998). She is one of the
three managers of the
Lokal_30 Gallery in Warsaw. She lives and works in Warsaw.
Solo exhibitions (selection):
tytułu, Galerija Foksal, Warsaw
BWA, Jelenia Góra; Instytut Polski, Paris
(Mois de la photo 2002).
Galerija Zachęta, Warsaw; Galerija Kronika, Bytom; Galerija Bunkier
A.v. Scholz Galerie, Berlin
za piekło, co za raj, cd., Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej,
Me, A.v. Scholz Galerie, Berlin.
Group exhibitions (selection):
Croatian TV Program of Film and Video Art, Zagreb
Monument zum Markt, Kunstahalle Wien, Vienna
between. Art from Poland 1945-2000, Chicago Cultural Center,
moitie de l’Europe, Jeu de Paume, Paris
The Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool.