26 January 2019 - 8 March 2019
|Place||ul. Rynek 26, 41-902 Bytom, POLAND|
|Organizer||Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Kronika / Centre for Contemporary Art Kronika|
Curator: Agata Cukierska.
In separate quasi-residential rooms of “Kronika” gallery in Bytom, well hidden behind heavy curtains, an autobiographical story is being told: it is personal and uncomfortable, but also morbidly captivating, shocking and fascinating. It consists of three stories. Each of them is happening in a different house in Olszyna Lubańska, a small town. Aleksandra Kubiak numbers them: the first, second and third house. The artist cannot remember the address of the first one, and that is where the events depicted in the work "Elephant Flesh" have taken place. In the third house, the mother got killed, and is resurrected by Kubiak in the work "You’re a Cute One, Sweetie". To the second house - the one at Wolności Street, the artist has returned in the latest project - "Live, Silly!". Three video works are three experiments. The artist enhances in them the tools of performance art by redefining its form - including third parties, elements of theater or documentary film, but also by carrying out experiments on herself, i.e. on her own memories and traumatic experiences. This is a kind of reckoning with the past, self-therapeutic working through, and not only difficult memories are processed, but also deeply rooted, long-term shame.