Aneta Grzeszykowska / Poland / 2008 / 7 min.

Section: Art


Director, screenplay, cinematography, editing, producer & production, choreography, dance: Aneta Grzeszykowska

Music: Krzysztof Penderecki, „Polimorfia” (1961); Maurice Ravel, „Bolero” (1928)

World sales: Aneta Grzeszykowska

Language: without dialogue 


In “Bolimorfia” – to the rhythm of the “Bolero”, onto which the artist has superimposed the composition “Polimorfia” by Krzysztof Penderecki, perfectly disrupting and deconstructing the drive towards culmination of the classic Maurice Ravel piece – we witnesses a constant multiplication of Anetas, which in turn create decorative choreographic arrangements, one after the other. In this video, with every minute, the artist's body becomes more and more machine, element of a perfectly working clock mechanism, it becomes an ornament; to the extent that at some point a new “organism” emerges, with the many Anetas playing the role of head, hands, torso, legs.


Description based on the text by Krzysztof Pijarski (after Filmoteka of Museum of Modern Art in  Warsaw). 



 Born in Warsaw in 1974. Works mostly in photography and film, focusing on the performative aspect of the media. The main theme of her art is the analysis of the processes of self-creation – one of the essential topics in the history of art, but also a question which is fundamental for the condition of contemporary postmedia society. In her works Grzeszykowska explores the possibility of escaping from cultural and artistic stereotypes that shape our identity. She deconstructs her own image and manipulates the picture of her body to finally reach for sculptural substitutes of the flesh. By doing that she leans towards asserting that self-creation is merely another means of struggle with the mortal nature of the body. Aneta Grzeszykowska took part in many important international shows such as Berlin Biennale (2006) and La Triennale in Paris (2012). Her works were exhibited in, among others, New Museum in New York; SculptureCenter in New York; Art Museum in St. Louis; Folkwang Museum in Essen and Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. In 2014 she was awarded the Polityka Passport for her solo exhibition in Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. Works by the artist are held in prestigious museum collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Fotomuseum Winterthur and Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz. Aneta Grzeszykowska is represented by Raster Gallery in Warsaw and Lyles & King in New York.