Miniature Wari or Inka Tunic
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Joanna Malinowska

Miniature Wari or Inka Tunic

2011 / feathers, linen / 52 x 40 cm / no. 0123 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć

In her work, Joanna Malinowska combines anthropology with art history. Some of her works are objects made of natural materials, characteristic of primitive cultures. They are juxtaposed with forms bringing to mind avant-garde works of art or readymade strategies. Some of her works may even be mistaken for tribal handicraft. Functioning in contemporary art, they evoke echoes of collections from the first half of the 20th century, when crafts and objects of cult from Africa and Asia were presented alongside with the works of avant-garde artists.

The Foundation collection includes 3 of many “Miniature tunics”, which were inspired by South American cultures. They can be associated with crafts and utility objects, not the uniqueness characteristic of contemporary art. Malinowska’s works bring together works of art and products of non-European and North American material culture. Key to these works is the blurring of boundaries set by the increasingly professionalised culture and the weakening of tools used by contemporary art.

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