Kiki Smith, Wolf Girl, 1999

Katarzyna Lewandowska - WAR – Women Art Revolution: Femininity, body, fetish. An Creature-Artist

Katarzyna Lewandowska - w meeting within the framework of re.act.feminism #2, Wyspa Institute of Art:

12th of April (Thursday)
6 PM / Wyspa Institute of Art
Admission free

They arrive from far away, from beyond time, from the wilderness where they lead their lives of witches, from the beneath of our feet, from the beneath of "culture" so painful that you must forget it, dig it deep into oblivion. Little girls imprisoned in "badly raised" bodies. Full of reserve, inaccessible even to themselves, cold as stones. Insensitive. But how much stir is beneath all of this!
Helene Cixous, Medusa’s Laugher

A female artist became a Weird Creature, a Freak of Nature, a Peculiarity, an Exception, a Weirdie. Because she denied nature (the nature of a woman). The Disobedience towards the omniscient Father, the Other, Phallus, Language, Harmony, Mind, Sight, Constancy, and Logos permitted her to retain her identity and her feminine "I", to float naked in the world of instincts, develop the feminine creative power and wisdom. The essence of the art of presented artists is total freedom, unleashed imagination, unrestrained desire, carnal love. They tell shamelessly about lust, the sensual perception of the world, „the parched body". Creation is a natural need and an inner necessity for these artists. They scoop up space to give it back transformed under the form of perverse female phantasms – banal, crazy, ecstatic, dangerous and tabooed.

Katarzyna Lewandowska
(born in 1973 in Łódź), an art historian and feminist, Buddhist. A lecturer of art history at the Nicholas Copernicus University in Toruñ. She co-operates with the CSW, the Wozownia Gallery in Toruñ and the Institute for the Middle and Far East Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. Her interests concentrate on carnality in contemporary art and she often restores to the discourse of feminist philosophy (Lucy Irigaray, Helene Cixous) as a source of specific language, which incorporates other senses than sight into the analysis of art. She lives in Toruń.

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re.act.feminism #2, performative archive
Project authored by Cross links e.V. (Berlin).
Curators of the project: Bettina Knaup and Beatrice Ellen Stammer

Curators of the exhibition and the accompanying programme in Gdańsk:
Aneta Szyłak and Aleksandra Grzonkowska
Co-ordination of the project in Gdańsk: Aleksandra Grzonkowska
Production: Błażej Kroplewski

Polish edition of the project is realized in the frame of the International Festival of Visual Arts ALTERNATIVA 2012 and is funded by the City of Gdańsk, UE and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.