No 1 (65) 2006
January - March

The Best...

Among Polish artists born in the 70’s, preoccupied with photography, two kinds of approach can be noted: a return to formally diversified photography records and staging which keeps referring to history of art.

Krzysztof Jurecki

B. in 1960. Art historian, AICA member. Lecturer at the Łódź Academy of Arts and Design.

Krzysztof Jurecki

Since 2003, Anna Orlikowska has been combining, in her artistic photography and videos, these two theoretically opposite trends. Though she has not been very prolific, she can easily find her place in the Polish media art since all her works have been quite convincing. The artist has been dealing with her own existential problems, referring to the old art model understanding which – as it was the case with the art by Jeff Wall – serves to diagnose life by means of history and historic myths. Her vision has been rooted in the staged art – particularly by Konrad Kuzyszyn – who has revealed the dual nature of human existence; its biological and simultaneously sacral dimensions. Orlikowska has been following in his footsteps. She has stressed the futility and savage qualities of human existence (The Movie about Warms I, II, III), and everyday life problems. On the other hand, she mentions the need for sacral aspects of life (Kyrie angelicum). This is not the feministic art since she has been referring to autobiographical motives, as well as to the religious events in her own family, thus representing in the Dans makabr a pessimistic, though presented in subtle shades, picture of a dull life. Interesting videos by Orlikowska belong to the inter-media current. The artist deals here with the same topics as in her photography. She makes installations and then films them, the best example being the work presented at the 2004 Łódź Biannual Exhibition. In my opinion, her Early Experiences has been the most interesting work shown during the event. Orlikowska has nothing in common with the views and experience by Władysław Strzemiński. Nevertheless, her Self-Portrait presented at the After Views (Powidoki) exhibition (Art Museum 2005/06) has confirmed this artist’s great talent.