Katarzyna PrzezwańskaBORN 1984, Warszawa
Katarzyna Przezwańska was born in 1984 in Warsaw, where she lives and works. She references Modernism in a way that has never been seen before in Polish art. In contrast to the Polish artists who debuted around the year 2000, Przezwańska’s Modernism is no longer an aesthetic fetishism, the picturesque ruins of a fallen utopia, or a sentimental journey to the concrete-gray lands of her childhood years. It is the exact opposition: her work alludes to Modernism in its heroic period, still filled with optimism, hope and... bright colors. In this regard, it extends to architecture focused on the individual, adapted to his/her personal needs, and laying claim to totality. Przezwańska’s interventions and spatial projects are an attempt to recapture some of its ideas for contemporary times. Constructing multicolored, strongly individualized spaces, details and objects, Przezwańska, with her tongue firmly in her cheek, convinces us that what was truly revolutionary in Modernism can be quickly replaced. Modernity is our antiquity, because we have warped its original nature: colorful facades, multicolored walls and ceilings of private homes, rainbow-colored ornaments on public buildings and their surroundings, furniture tailored to the owner’s needs... For those who were brought up in the raw, concrete Modernist environment of the Communist Poland, doesn’t this sound like... a utopia? Przezwańska’s work allows us to view the spot where the Polish public space has found itself from a distance.