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In Agata Zbylut's work, the body and convention play a leading role, and they most often appear in a duet: the conventions of representation and the exposure of bodies, the conventions of bodily beauty and aesthetics, conventional social roles of the body, everyday expectations towards the body and women’s bodies in general. Zbylut explores how the body finds itself in these conventions, how it succumbs to them and how it can effectively exceed them, or even dissipate them.

It would be hard to perceive Caviar Patriot as the artist’s self-portrait. It is a sculpture-installation created of white and red scarves of the Polish national football team, which shatters the question of women's roles, beauty canons, social norms and poses difficult questions about patriotism, the right to national colours and the changeability of understanding what Polishness means. At a time of the presidential elections, when according to some, adjectives such as ‘national’, ‘patriotic’, ‘Polish’ gave an excuse to exclude various members of the community, and according to others, government propaganda promoted ‘stadium’ patriotism, excluding the archetypes of Polishness.

  • Object type:
    gown (scarves of fans of the Polish national sports team, corset, wooden frame)
  • Year:
    2014
  • Dimensions:
    140 × 160 cm
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/30/D
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art
Agata Zbylut, Kawiorowa patriotka, 2014. Depozyt Gminy Miasta Gdańska w ramach Gdańskiej Kolekcji Sztuki Współczesnej, fot. © Archiwum MNG
fot. © Archiwum MNG
  • Object type:
    gown (scarves of fans of the Polish national sports team, corset, wooden frame)
  • Year:
    2014
  • Dimensions:
    140 × 160 cm
  • inv. no.:
    MNG/NOMUS/30/D
  • Własność:
    Deposit of the City of Gdańsk, part of the Gdańsk Collection of Contemporary Art

In Agata Zbylut's work, the body and convention play a leading role, and they most often appear in a duet: the conventions of representation and the exposure of bodies, the conventions of bodily beauty and aesthetics, conventional social roles of the body, everyday expectations towards the body and women’s bodies in general. Zbylut explores how the body finds itself in these conventions, how it succumbs to them and how it can effectively exceed them, or even dissipate them.

It would be hard to perceive Caviar Patriot as the artist’s self-portrait. It is a sculpture-installation created of white and red scarves of the Polish national football team, which shatters the question of women's roles, beauty canons, social norms and poses difficult questions about patriotism, the right to national colours and the changeability of understanding what Polishness means. At a time of the presidential elections, when according to some, adjectives such as ‘national’, ‘patriotic’, ‘Polish’ gave an excuse to exclude various members of the community, and according to others, government propaganda promoted ‘stadium’ patriotism, excluding the archetypes of Polishness.

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