Izabella Gustowska

Centre for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle

Since the ’70s, Izabella Gustowska has played a leading role in the conceptually inclined Polish art concerned with the body and the feminist critique of representation. Comprising eight multimedia installations (she calls them “self-operating audio-visual objects”) from 1998-2001, her recent exhibition “Passions and Other Cases” blurred the boundaries between visible and invisible, solid and fragile, opaque and transparent, sensual and sexual. With video projections displayed orispecifically fabricated objects, with video monitors incorporated into elaborate constructions. several of them recalled fantastic machines the perpetuum mobile tradition; others looked like giant semi-transparent surveillance structures made of Plexiglas. Placed in darkness and generating cacophonous sounds, Gustowska’s dramatically illuminated installations were gathered into a labyrinthine passage in which they

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