- textile bags (, chickpeas
“ho fatto giallo”
“Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons? -- M. Foucault
I was born in Socialist Poland in 1981. As a child, I remember the moments of joy: when Santa Claus brought us tangerines, when my father returned from his trip in Sweden and brought us licorice (what a strange taste it was!) For years, I used to leave my parents for summer camp vacations. Back then, I remember sandwiches with strawberry jam as a snack, green meadows, and lice. But also the discipline: maximum adherence to the rules with maximum results, effectiveness and efficiency and, for those who did not re-enter the ranks, the punishments. Get on your knees on bags full of dry peas, sit for so long in a "chair position," be forced to sit in the last row in the classroom, and be spanked in front of all the children. This was a world of individualized but depersonalized individuals, deprived of their privacy.
The purpose of this project is to work on memory, childhood and our contemporaneity. The basic research, witnessed via images and texts, finds its completion in one installation: Hundreds of small bags made of luxury fabric waste and filled with dried chickpeas. They recall the consumption raids we are part of in our capitalistic society, the mass production of the consumer market today.
However, bags full of chickpeas are still systematically used for postural corrections, and represent the dualistic and contradictory nature of our society.
We suffer to feel free, we're constantly on the lookout for adrenaline and extreme feelings of happiness and the desire to feel alive.