Zofia Kulik

BORN 1947, Wrocław

Between 1971-1987, Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek formed a performance duo called KwieKulik. During this time, she ran an independent gallery/archive in her private apartment in Warsaw called the Activities, Documentation and Distribution Workshop, creating performance pieces, installations, objects, slides, black-and-white photographs, films, videos, paintings, stamps, mail-art works, interventions, and texts. Since the late 1980s, she has operated on her own, creating unique, detailed, analytical photo-collages. Zofia Kulik studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, taught also by Prof. Oskar Hansen. In 1997, she represented Poland at the 47th Venice Art Biennale.

The Splendour of myself III
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Zofia Kulik

The Splendour of myself III

1997 / multiple exposure silver gelatine prints / 182 x 152 cm / no. 0040    Wróć
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The Splendour of myself III is a distant echo of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth I. Zofia Kulik matches her own image against a majestic representation of a monarch from long ago. Instead of the royal insignia, she now holds a cucumber and a St. John’s wort flower. The artist’s unique attire has been woven of human figures, repeated in an almost hypnotic rhythm, performing strange, ritual gestures (Zbigniew Libera in this role). The symbolic costume in which Kulik is wrapped reflects an unsatisfied craving for images and pictures. It is with them that the artist builds her symbolic photographic worlds in which European history and tradition are reflected. “Well-off aristocratic women used to collect valuables, jewellery, all kinds of bric-a-brac (…) I collect images. You can say I’m rich in images. I dress in them,”  Kulik comments on the piece.

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