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Katarzyna Kozyra

Faces

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Artist
Katarzyna Kozyra
Title
Faces
Year
2015
Format & Technical

Video installation, Colour, sync, Loop, 4:3 PAL, duration:varios, audio

LOOP Edition
Ed. 2015
Presented in LOOP by
ŻAK | BRANICKA
  • Dancers: Magda Ciechowicz, Piotr Czubowicz, Carla Fracci, Charles Jude, Karunakaran, Vladimir Malakhov, Richard Move, Eri Nakamura, Nazareth Panadero, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Niels Robitzky „Storm”, Andrzej Stasiewicz, Nelisiwe Xaba.
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The work consists of a series of short video clips which can be displayed separately or as a synchronised multi-channel projection. “Faces,” like Kozyra’s “The Rite of Spring,” originates in ballet. The piece stems from a period started in the late 90’s. during which the artist was fascinated by dance and movement (“Lords of the Dance”, “Dance Lesson”, “Boys”). The original shape of “Faces” also formally refers to “The Rite of Spring” – the audience witnesses a peculiar presentation displayed on double-sided screens, forming circles around them. These screens present, in an unnatural, hyper realistic way, dancers’ faces shot from only several dozen centimetres away – and extreme emotions they display: Above all, enormous focus, tension and great effort. Lips pursed, eyes wide open, fast-moving eyeballs, forehead creased and beaded with sweat. Everything which normally isn’t visible, here was pushed into the foreground. In this work we can observe up close the faces of dancers doing ballet, modern dance or hip hop, and from such a vantage point they seem to resemble masks.

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