Marta Deskur

BORN 1962, Kraków

A distinctive feature of Marta Deskur’s works is a neutral background on which the artist leaves only the essential elements of the representation – a human figure or its fragment. Deskur negotiates social and feminist themes, sometimes reaching for Christian iconography. Her work confronts the symbolically significant with the artificial or virtual. Initially a painter, she now concentrates on video and photography. Deskur is a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Aix-en-Provence.

Klara, Screaming
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Marta Deskur

Klara, Screaming

1998 / duratrans, plexi / 180 x 130 cm / no. 0054 1/ 2 Wróć
Description

The photographs from the Family series are a radical example of Deskur’s interest in the mysterious nature of interaction between people living in close relationships. Two photographs show children pretending to be bloodthirsty monsters. The gesture of rescaling the pictures changes the meaning of the otherwise innocent childish game. The large format causes the children’s figures to become much closer to what we regard as dangerous and wild. Anger and aggression in place of the expected innocence – Deskur plays with emotions and symbols. Mystification and the credibility of representation are frequent motifs in the artist’s work.

Pico, Screaming
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Marta Deskur

Pico, Screaming

1998 / duratrans, plexi / 180 x 130 cm / no. 0055 2/ 2 Wróć
Description

The photographs from the Family series are a radical example of Deskur’s interest in the mysterious nature of interaction between people living in close relationships. Two photographs show children pretending to be bloodthirsty monsters. The gesture of rescaling the pictures changes the meaning of the otherwise innocent childish game. The large format causes the children’s figures to become much closer to what we regard as dangerous and wild. Anger and aggression in place of the expected innocence – Deskur plays with emotions and symbols. Mystification and the credibility of representation are frequent motifs in the artist’s work.
 

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