PEOPLE ARE STRANGE exhibition
BWA Galeria Sztuki, Olsztyn, Poland
opening: 23.10. , 6:00 PM
24.10. - 23.11.2014
In the English language the adjective strange is inextricably linked to the noun stranger. This peculiar lexical relation reflects a common connotation, spread rather widely, irrespective of culture and geography. A Stranger - an entity formed beyond the homogeneous structure of a group – is a carrier of different values. This is what makes him, in the eyes of "legitimate" citizens, a potential threat to the law and order which has been hammered out in a given community.
In the natural world some species are capable of adopting external physical characteristics which allow them for temporary metamorphosis and environment convergence – at the same time retaining the internal characteristics, typical of a given genus. In the modern world a Stranger camouflages in a huge agglomeration, in an anonymous crowd. Reality allows people to don masks of refinement and social correctness, tailor-made with the lining of culturally-embedded distance and discretion in private matters. This Superego costume is equipped with lining and pockets, cloaking rampant fantasies, repressed impulses of the animal Id nature and sometimes the gloomy abyss of misdeeds, which remain concealed.
The context of the exhibition "People are strange" can be provided by the climate of David Fincher's film "Seven", where two detectives (Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt) study cases of murders based on the motif of seven cardinal sins. Invading the private space of the victims' homes, the officers track the other side of human personality, which is set free when its "carrier" withdraws from social activity and is all alone. The viewer discovers the nature of allegedly decent citizens, or at least those with an acceptable place in society, who worship their weaknesses, obsessions and compulsions when no one sees them. The viewer of the exhibition "People are strange" may assume the role of a detective, or a Just Man, eager to severely punish the observed people, or finally - they can skittishly admit that looking deep into a mind similar to theirs, they secretly dream of breaking free from the abiding norms in order to indulge in their little sins.
Artists: Justyna Adamczyk, Ewa Axelrad, Marta Borkowska, Ola Cieślak, Martyna Jakubowska, Łukasz Jastrubczak, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Anna Orlikowska, Konrad Smoleński, Kamil Strudziński, Iza Tarasewicz, Mariusz Tarkawian, Pi Pa Piwosz Patrycja, Aleksandra Urban, Małgorzata Wielek-Mandrela
Curator: Ewelina Bobińska