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View of “I’m About to Go Berserk,” 2019. From Left: Zuzanna Janin, Monkey (Femmage a Maria Anto), 2018; Maria Anto, Blue-Eyed, 1975.

View of “I’m About to Go Berserk,” 2019. From Left: Zuzanna Janin, Monkey (Femmage a Maria Anto), 2018; Maria Anto, Blue-Eyed, 1975.

“I’m About to Go Berserk”

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The relationship between mothers and daughters is famously supposed to be crucial for female creativity. In “I’m About to Go Berserk,” whose title is taken from a song by the Polish rock singer Katarzyna Nosowska, eight female artists explored their relationships with their mothers (in a few cases also artists) or looked at the mother-daughter connection more broadly. It was, understandably, an emotionally intense exhibition. Within traditionally patriarchal Polish culture, this bond has been so overlooked there is not even a word to describe it. We have motherhood, but, as in English, hardly anyone speaks of daughterhood. How then to invent a language that would allow these closely bonded women to communicate and translate their experience into culture?

The mother of the video and installation artist Zuzanna Janin was the well-known Surrealist painter Maria Anto (1936–2007). Elegant and

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