ARTIST STATEMENT


IN THESE WORKS, MY INTENTION IS TO DEPICT HUMAN BODIES THAT ARE SHOT WITHIN SCENARIOS STAGED BY MYSELF. I AM TRYING TO TURN SIMPLE ACTIONS INTO ENIGMATIC RITUALS, WHICH EVOKE THE HUMAN BODY’S EMOTIONAL FRAGILITY.FOLLOWING STUDIES OF FRENCH PHILOSOPHER GEORGE BATAILLE (1897-1962), I INTEND TO EXPLORE THE DOMAIN OF EROTICISM, WHICH BATAILLE CLAIMS IS A DOMAIN OF VIOLENCE AND VIOLATION.

IT IS WITHIN CONDITIONS OF DISORIENTATION, PROBING AND SEARCHING FOR A SENSE OF BELONGING THAT I ANALYSE  PSYCHOANALYTICAL CONCEPTS OF FETISH, DESIRE, AMBIVALENCE, VOYEURISM, SADISM, LONELINESS AND THE DARK GRUESOME SIDE OF SOCIETY.

THE WORKS ARE AN ATTEMPT TO UNDERSTAND LIFE AND DEATH BY INVESTIGATING EROTIC LIMITS AND OUR UNCONSCIOUS FEARS AND DESIRES.I WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE THE VIEWER ENTIRELY ALONE TO DETERMINE THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE WORK. IT IS INTENDED THAT THEY UNRAVEL DETAILS IN ORDER TO DECIPHER A NARRATIVE.

ONE SUCH NARRATIVE IS THE QUESTION OF THE PRIMORDIAL STATE IN HUMANS BEING QUICK TO EMERGE DEPENDING ON CIRCUMSTANCE.  FOR EXAMPLE, IT IS STATED THROUGH RESEARCH THAT THE HUMAN WILL REVERT TO THE HUNTER-GATHERER MENTALITY AND KILL IN ORDER TO SAVE THEIR YOUNG IF WITHOUT FOOD FOR FIVE DAYS.

 

I AM PURPOSEFULLY EVOKING SCRATCHES ONTO THE WORKS, AND USING THE DECAY OF EMULSION OR OTHER MATERIALS. IT IS A CHEMICAL VIOLENCE THAT IS PARALLEL TO THE BODILY MUTILATIONS OFTEN DEPICTED IN MY WORKS.WITHIN THAT REALM, THE INTEGRITY OF THE BODIES AND THE INTEGRITY OF MY IMAGES ARE SIMULTANEOUSLY DISMANTLED.I REFERENCE THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS AS A BASIS FOR THE DIALOGUE MY WORK.

GEORGE BATILLE, EARLY DADIST WORK HANNAH HOCH, MAN RAY PHOTOS AND RESEARCH OF THE SCHOOL OF PARIS. HANS BELLMER AND DISLOCATION OF THE FIGURE THAT LED ME TO LOUISE BOURGEOIS, JAN SAUDEK, SAMUEL WITKIN AND THE WORKS OF MAN RAY.I HAVE USED VARIOUS MEDIA. STARTING FROM ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY, THROUGH TO CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART, THERE IS A COLLABORATION WITH POETS AND DANCERS, WHICH CREATES A MARRIAGE OF FILM, DANCE, POETRY AND MUSIC. I AM ATTEMPTING TO CREATE AN UNPRETENTIOUS COLLECTION OF VIGNETTES THAT ARE DARING AND CURIOUS RATHER THAN MERE DOCUMENTATIONS.

BIO

 DOROTA KONCZEWSKA IS A POLISH, COMPOSER AND AUDIOVISUAL ARTIST  LIVING IN IRELAND.  FROM AN EARLY AGE SHE WAS AN ACTIVE SINGER AND BECAME INTERESTED IN SINGING USING EXTENDED TECHNIQUES, AND ELECTRONIC MANIPULATIONS.

DOROTA IS AN ACTIVE COMPOSER, PERFORMER OF VOICE AND LIVE ELECTRONICS SCENE. OTHER RECENT WORK ENGAGES VIDEO ART, MIXED MEDIA INSTALLATIONS AND CROSS-AUDIOVISUAL GENRE PROJECTS.

 

KONCZEWSKA IS AN ARTIST WHO ISN’T AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT.HER DISTINCT AND ECCENTRIC SOUND BLENDS ELECTRONIC SOUNDSCAPES WITH BEATS , ATMOSPHERIC MELODIES AND TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTATION

 

SHE HAS BEEN COLLABORATING WITH NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL PERFORMERS, SOUND ARTISTS, DANCERS, AND FILM DIRECTORS. HER WORK HAVE BEEN COMMISSIONED BY ART INSTITUTIONS, BROADCASTED, AND ALSO PRESENTED ON INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVALS. 

FESTIVALS / COMMISSIONS

 

PERFORMATICA, PUEBLA- MEXICO CITY, MEXICO


LA MAMA MOVES DANCE FESTIVAL - NEW YORK, USA


ROMA AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA- ROME, ITALY


RE-NEW DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL – DENMARK, COPENHAGEN


LONDON KINGS PLACE CONCERT HALL- LONDN, GB


NIME CONFERENCE–CARNEGIE MELON– PITTSBURGH, USA


GDA VETRINA, FESTIVAL AMMUTINAMENTI RAVENNA, ITALY


FESTIVAL EQUILIBRIO, PREMIO EQUILIBRIO, ROME


DIVADLO KONVIKT, OLOMOUC, CZECH REPUBLIC


DUBLIN DANCE FESTIVAL REPRESENTING IRELAND


DEDA, QUAKE PLATFORM, DERBY UK


DINAMICHE COMPOSTE - FLORENCE, ITAY


FRINGE FESTIVAL - DUBLIN, IRELAND


STANICA S2- ZILINA , SLOVAKIA