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Agnieszka Szostek

A Californian Plumber


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A Californian Plumber, 2020, Agnieszka Szostek at Fugitif, Leipzig, detail

Berlin, 30.06.2020 
Dear, 
It has been a long time since we last talked. A lot of things have happened in between. 
And here we are, we now have the occasion to speak again, but is there anything left to 
say? Something tells me that there is plenty left to say, and that the words are begging to 
be found and aligned, one after the other. In a way, the textures are here to speak for us, 
we touch and we believe. They are the ones making the call. It reminds me of this 
Californian plumber we met back then, do you remember? Yes, the one that fixed your 
sink. His appearance did make everything blur, I honestly cannot recall much from that 
afternoon. He was telling all these stories, of homes, of places, around and about. My 
attention span got sucked in into the black hole of a never ending monologue. Into a 
coded matrix of signs, numbers, skins and metals. It was hard to follow then and it is hard 
to fathom now. 
It was funny to hear about his relation to the idea of home though, entering private 
spaces, to fix things. He arrives in a broken environment and leaves a functioning one 
behind, once the work is done. Homemade work and techniques that were taught, are 
applied within the secrecy of walls, away from the undesired gaze of the other. What if 
this was in fact made for all of us to see? I like to entertain that thought, seeing all these 
man made constructions strip naked, left bare for the whole world to engorge, like those 
transparent ant houses where the viewers can see how they go on about their day, 
digging tunnels after tunnels. Anyway, I am drifting off here, it was just this idea of 
material and techniques as a discursive opener for all the rest that was to come. I found it 
fascinating. I think we can also become self taught plumbers, fixing homes and morphing 
those into stories and tales that are waiting to be told during the next call. I hope you are 
doing well where you are, and that people treat you good. You deserve it, it was best for 
you to leave back then and that was no easy call. I believe it is time for me to leave you 
now dear friend, I hope we can work together again, towards something better. 
See you soon, and in the meantime, I wish you all the best,