View of “Marzena Nowak,” 2011.

View of “Marzena Nowak,” 2011.

Marzena Nowak

Salzburger Kunstverein

View of “Marzena Nowak,” 2011.

In video, installation, and painted works, Marzena Nowak presents the human body as the site of psychic sensations and states of excitement. In the past, the artist has used a phrase from Freud, “Die Psyche ist ausgedehnt” (The psyche is expansive), to describe her project, representing a view of the body as both part of and an extended expression of internal processes. Experimental approaches to the body—measuring, localizing, temporalizing, and wounding it—constituted a central theme in the avant-garde art of the 1960s and ’70s, one that has remained an important component of contemporary artistic practice. The fact that, especially in the ’60s, interrogating the body tended to give work a certain subversive, socially utopian character is clearest in the work of artists from the former Eastern Bloc—for example, the sometimes quite drastic films and videos of Polish

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