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Katarzyna Kozyra [Videonale.13]

* 1963 in Warsaw POL, lives in Warsaw POL and Berlin GER
Studied at Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst in Leipzig GER, at The Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw POL and at the Faculty of German Philology of the University of Warsaw POL


Exhibitions [selection]: 

2012 Katarzyna Kozyra. Master of Puppets, Schmela Haus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen,
         Düsseldorf GER [S]

2011 Casting, Zacheta National Gallery, Warschau POL [S]
         Thank You For The Music, Kiasma, Helsinki FIN

2010 Minimal Differences, White Box, New York USA
         The Surreal House, Barbican Art Gallery, London GBR

2009 Gender Check. Femininity and Masculinity in Eastern European Art, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung
         Ludwig Wien AUT
         Performing the East, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg AUT

2008 Summertale, Postmasters, New York USA [S]

         Strafe und Verbrechen. Cheerleader. Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen GER

2007 Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York USA




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Summertale, 2008, 19:59 (2:47) min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.13]

The idyll is too perfect – a summer garden and a country house occupied by female dwarves with blond braids, who wear traditional costumes. They apply themselves to house- and garden work. One night, three huge mushrooms spring up and a man in red rococo-like clothes climbs out from one of them. From the others emerge a red-haired beauty in heels and a creature in overalls whose gender remains undefined. The guests are treated well and the sexless creature is given some girl’s clothes to wear. But the hospitality soon turns into displeasure when the dwarves hear the man’s singing and see his untidy room. They poison him, but the girl brings him back to life. The red-haired beauty is also observed with suspicion, and when one of the dwarves discovers splashes of urine and shaving equipment on the floor of the bathroom, they are not so sure anymore of her femininity: what woman doesn’t sit down to pee? She and the man are then captured and brutally slaughtered. Order is restored, but the girl is inconsolable. Standing on the balcony, she throws seeds on the ground, and new mushrooms spring up, while the dwarves disappear.  “Summertale” is the last part of Kozyra’s series “In Art Dreams come true”, in which some characters appear repeatedly in various genres. Fairytales, costumes and sex changes, with their inherent questions of identity and stereotyping are typical of Kozyra’s works, even if not all of them end up in tragedy.

Elisabeth Wynhoff

Katarzyna Kozyra