Home is a place we left. The next generation of young adults is setting out into the world. They leave behind a space that, so far, has protected their uniqueness and helplessness. The empty space, however, still waits for its dwellers and beckons them tirelessly, causing a mysterious feeling of non-fulfillment, permanent anxiety, a sense of instability, and sleep disorders. Dominika Olszowy creates a fictional space that never could have existed, but which constantly marks its presence. Like a phantom, it wedges itself into the actual realm of life and resonates in unconscious everyday practices.
In her artistic practice, the artist uses video, mockumentaries, performance, TV programs, spiritualist sessions, installations, objects, sets, music bands, galleries, and motorcycle gangs. Unusual conventions and unfashionable aesthetics, which she employs in a daring way, get a second life in her works. The boundaries between fiction and fact blur, real stories develop their fantastic character, and actual places gain a supernatural dimension. Her productions are saturated with bitter humor and irony. Sometimes they are ugly and often touching.
DOMINIKA OLSZOWY (born 1982) studied Intermedia at the University of Arts in Poznań, as well as at the Faculty of Media Art and Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has presented her works, among others in Zachęta –– National Gallery of Art, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Museum of Modern Art, Plato Gallery in Ostrava (Czech Republic), Raster Gallery in Warsaw, lokal_30, MOS in Gorzów Wlkp., and at the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA). Since 2008, he has been creating the ephemeral Sandra Gallery. She co-founded the radical hip-hop group Cipedrapskuad and the moped gang Horsefuckers M.C. She often collaborates with theater makers, creating sets for performances. In 2019, she received the “Spojrzenia” Deutsche Bank Award for the most interesting young Polish artist of the last two years. She lives and works in Warsaw.