Artworks by Paweł Kowzan and Ola Kozioł in the ms2 windows
Paweł Kowzan and Ola Kozioł’s projects – on display as posters in ms2 windows in the neighbourhood of Manufaktura – are statements questioning the "normality" of production and consumption. They provoke reflections about care, the meaning of labour, the role of art and artistic institutions, as well as the situation faced by artists in times of crisis – one we are experiencing at the moment (pandemic), and one that is the result of industrial breeding of animals and the destruction of nature and "natural" resources (climate disaster).
ms2 windows, 19 Ogrodowa St
Saint Vacca, from the Saints series, 2017, fabric, haberdashery, thread, 250 × 150 cm, courtesy of the artist
Each minute, over 600 cows are slaughtered at industrial farms all over the world. In her work from the series of banners entitled Saints, Ola Kozioł explores our attitude towards the death of industrially bred animals that are deprived of all traces of life during the processes of production and consumption. Along with the cow, a hen and a pig are elevated to sainthood. By placing these animals on banners, Kozioł not only wants to restore their subjectivity, but point to their deaths preceded by immense suffering. She poses the following question: why should their deaths be seen as different than the deaths of human martyrs? Since research indicates that industrial breeding of animals not only causes their suffering, but also contributes to the devastation of natural environment, shouldn’t we try and move away from mass production of meat?
100% cotton (Do something for yourself), 2020
Courtesy of Maybe it’s the bees, some rights reserved for: Ewelina Taraska (photography), Paweł Althamer / Manual CC (graphics on the T-shirt).
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What is the meaning of care, empathy, and commitment, when the hitherto frail social contract, shows that it doesn’t work at all? What is the point in requiring artists to be involved, work for the benefit others, and progress when social institutions have nothing to offer to them, no real form of security? Paweł Kowzan’s work, 100% cotton (Do something for yourself), is an artist’s self-portrait during the crisis. Using Paweł Althamer’s instructions (“Do something for yourself”) and the ethos of creative commons, he expresses a refusal to generate new ideas. Instead he suggests pausing and focusing on oneself, one’s own body and needs.