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#jb

2018, installation

‘Fuck poverty’ (jebać biedę) is an expression functioning in everyday discussions and on the Internet, often abbreviated to the hashtag #jb. It expresses ordinary contempt for the poor and admiration for all that is expensive and luxury. This phrase is often used ironically by people aspiring to a higher status, which is currently out of their reach. The abbreviation ‘jb’ could just as well denote ‘jebać bogactwo’ (‘fuck richness’). This phenomenon (pretending to be of a lower status) materialises as ‘poor chic’ or ‘poor tourism’. In both cases, what comes to the foreground is a desire to be somebody else. Taking on the form of a stained glass window, the work fits in with the extant architecture and style of the edifice. In Marusinska’s project, the virtual message materialises through the use of craftmanship, which is identified with high and timeless material value (due to uniqueness). It is contrasted with the ephemeral form of the hashtag (#), whose power depends on popularity measured as a number of repetitions.

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Silence

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Viewpoint

2017, print on vinyl curtain
Birmingham (UK)


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In an open space, a typical industrial strip curtain was installed in order to blend a distinct framework in a subtle manner. The work refers to one of the biggest society threats – the fake news phenomenon. We live in the world of post-truth which is driven by more and more sophisticated image manipulation, in the world of a global mistrust.

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Good visibility

2017, social project, installation
Birmingham (UK)

Social project, which was carried out in West Bromwich in Birmingham, encouraged the local community to participate in social and cultural life, and raised awareness of the possibility of change in their immediate surroundings. In the course of several workshop sessions participants shared their visions of the way they would like to see their world change. As a result the attendees painted individual stained glass pieces (to symbolise the new window through which they will view the world) which created a fascinating and colourful installation. The window became a colourful filter which has been imposed on the colourless reality.

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I would also like to tell you that…

2016, action, video, 16'39''
Wroclaw-Dresden 2016
Cooperation with Marcin Wokan 


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Who did not, at least once in their lifetime, feel regret because of not sharing an important message with a close person? What prevents us from doing it, and why are we so sure that there will be another time for that? Why do we postpone these situations? Travel is the perfect moment for examination of conscience and also a quite safe circumstance for this conscience. ‘It’s water over the dam’, we think, ‘I’ll do it next time’. How would we behave standing here and now, facing the chance to remedy the mistake? The project is a confrontation of our declarations with what we are really able to do.

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Handiwork

Installation, 2016
Cooperation with Beata Kwiatkowska 


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The project Handiwork is a collaboration between the visual artist, Karina Marusińska, and the radio journalist of Czwórka station, Beata Kwiatkowska. The project consists of two components: visual and audible ones. Visitors can rent a set imitating a protection kit usually worn by the factory workers: gloves and headphones. However, elements of Handiwork fulfill the reverse functions: instead of protection, gloves cause discomfort, instead of silencing, headphones are the source of sound – they transmit interviews with employees of the Lathing Machines Factory (FAT), in which the authors ask, among others, about the importance of manual labor in the production of lathing machines, and ask employees to talk about the work in FAT from the perspective of their own hands. Renting a set and surrendering to the senses of touch, hearing and seeing stimulates to reflect on the title. Handiwork relates to valued manual labor, handicraft, and negative actions of taking matters into one’s own hands, alike. In both cases, hands are the driving force. In the factory, handiwork have a tremendous value: every hand, every employee is essential for the final result. The paradox is that the same work, which provides dignified life for the employees, destroys their health. Here emerges a second, negative interpretation of the title. Hands are the main working tool, even when running the machines, they act as living extensions of the inanimate automata. Hands are covered with wounds, scars, degeneration. They can be very sensitive and delicate, serve to commune with a higher power, foretell the future, sometimes 'fall', sometimes 'you do not know where to put them' – as authors of the project comment.

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Afterimage

2016, video, 3'44'', loop
'Phantom' exhibition - BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice


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Hug

2015, action, installation, video, 8'29''
Wroclaw, Poland 2015


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Hug is a multidimensional project about the problem of exclusion. The basis of the conversations with random people was the question: How does the problem of social exclusion affect you? While giving their answers, each of the people who were asked could make a handprint in soft porcelain that was later fired in a kiln. The handprints, now durable, were used as handrails on one of Wrocław’s bridges. The bridge was so narrow that when crossing it people had to hold onto the handrails – symbolically holding hands with the outsiders, whose taped statements were played back on the bridge.

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Zabezpieczenie

Installation, 2015

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To, co zostało

2014, ceramics paper, 4 x 2 x 2 cm

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