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Works from the Kinderturnen series evoke associations with both Byzantine mosaics and art deco aesthetics. Visually delightful, they simultaneously arouse a sense of horror and uneasy questions about the nature of power – how far can one in exerting control over an individual or a group, in this case children unaware that they are being coached?

The artist was inspired by a training manual regarding enhancing children's physical strength and shaping their thinking to ensure they grow up to be “decent citizens.” Orzechowska reinvents the images of training children, allowing them to play and open up to new kinds of games.

In many of her works, the artist traces the discreet forms of manipulation, that are present for example in social engineering techniques used in therapy and obsessions regarding individual and group actions as ways of building relationships in contemporary society.

  • Object type:
    collage (cardboard, paper, sandpaper)
  • Year:
    2012
  • Dimensions:
    40 × 30 cm
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/14/D/1
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art
Patrycja Orzechowska, Δ / Ornamenty, 2012. Depozyt Gminy Miasta Gdańska w ramach Gdańskiej Kolekcji Sztuki Współczesnej, fot. © Archiwum MNG
fot. © Archiwum MNG
  • Object type:
    collage (cardboard, paper, sandpaper)
  • Year:
    2012
  • Dimensions:
    40 × 30 cm
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/14/D/1
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art

Works from the Kinderturnen series evoke associations with both Byzantine mosaics and art deco aesthetics. Visually delightful, they simultaneously arouse a sense of horror and uneasy questions about the nature of power – how far can one in exerting control over an individual or a group, in this case children unaware that they are being coached?

The artist was inspired by a training manual regarding enhancing children's physical strength and shaping their thinking to ensure they grow up to be “decent citizens.” Orzechowska reinvents the images of training children, allowing them to play and open up to new kinds of games.

In many of her works, the artist traces the discreet forms of manipulation, that are present for example in social engineering techniques used in therapy and obsessions regarding individual and group actions as ways of building relationships in contemporary society.

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