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The video is inspired by Olga Boznańska. Swinarska focused on the painter’s work clothes, an old-fashioned, 19th-century dress and an apron. She rented a similar one from the theatre and arranged her own room to resemble Boznańska’s studio in Paris.

Playing the part of Boznańska, Swinarska says that the dress adds momentum and that thanks to it her gestures become more expressive, emphasizing the importance of the dress in building the artist-painter identity and the medium of painting itself, deemed irrelevant by the contemporary art world. The dress becomes a symbol of the conventional language of images — simultaneously attractive and out-dated.

  • Object type:
    video
  • Year:
    2015
  • Duration:
    14 min 7 s
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/2/D
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art
Katarzyna Swinarska, Dygresyjna tożsamość, 2015. Depozyt Gminy Miasta Gdańska w ramach Gdańskiej Kolekcji Sztuki Współczesnej, fot. © Archiwum MNG
fot. © Archiwum MNG
  • Object type:
    video
  • Year:
    2015
  • Duration:
    14 min 7 s
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/2/D
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art

The video is inspired by Olga Boznańska. Swinarska focused on the painter’s work clothes, an old-fashioned, 19th-century dress and an apron. She rented a similar one from the theatre and arranged her own room to resemble Boznańska’s studio in Paris.

Playing the part of Boznańska, Swinarska says that the dress adds momentum and that thanks to it her gestures become more expressive, emphasizing the importance of the dress in building the artist-painter identity and the medium of painting itself, deemed irrelevant by the contemporary art world. The dress becomes a symbol of the conventional language of images — simultaneously attractive and out-dated.

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