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Christian Jankowski, Heavy Weight History (Brotherhood of Arms), 2013, ink-jet print, 55 x 73 1/2".

Chistian Jankowski

Lisson Gallery | 27 Bell Street | London

Christian Jankowski, Heavy Weight History (Brotherhood of Arms), 2013, ink-jet print, 55 x 73 1/2".

At the heart of Christian Jankowski’s exhibition “Heavy Weight History” was a project encompassing seven black-and-white photographs and a twenty-five-minute-long video realized in the summer of 2013 in Warsaw. Jankowski, in close collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, selected seven city monuments and organized a group of professional weightlifters to attempt to raise them. In this symbolic way, through a sort of sports competition open to the public, he proposed lifting the burden of the complex and turbulent history whose remnants lurk in every corner of Warsaw. As recorded in the video and photos, the sportsmen successfully lifted some of the sculptures and surrendered to the weight of others. The monochrome palette of the photographs is here skillfully used to blur the distinction between the bodies of the contemporary musclemen and the honored

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