Elżbieta Jabłońska

BORN 1970, Olsztyn

A graduate of the Fine Arts Department of the Nicholas Copernicus University in Torun, she earned her diploma in 1995. She currently lectures at the Drawing Institute of her alma mater. She won the first edition of Deutsche Bank Gazes in 2003. Theorists call her work (post-)feminist critical art; she herself prefers the motto “turning anger into laughter.” Her work deals with the status of contemporary women – their roles and prevailing stereotypes. Regardless of the medium she uses, these works are full of humor, taking and intimate and sympathetic looks at people.
She lives and works in Bydgoszcz.

House Games
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Elżbieta Jabłońska

House Games

2003 / c-print / 130 x 264 cm / no. 0065    Wróć

Elżbieta Jabłońska’s Household Games can be read on many levels. In terms of basic iconography, the artist makes a link with the Madonna and Child; her costume, however, draws from a different tradition of representation – contemporary superhero pop culture. The coexistence of these two motifs into one figure suggests a certain paradox. Superheros are part of the patriarchal order: they work and tone their muscles in spandex. The biblical figure of the Madonna holds an interesting contradiction – delicacy (traditionally attributed to women) and courage (a stereotypically male quality). In addition, the Madonna’s qualities are characteristic of another figure equally deep in the collective consciousness – the mythic Polish Mother.
Creating Household Games, the artist drew from personal experiences, both as a mother and an observer of the everyday expectations of mothers.

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