Video installation (colour), sync. loop, 4:3 PAL, duration: various, audio.
Stills series, various sizes, lambda on plexi dibond 3mm.
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 late 90. during which the artist was fascinated by dance and movement (“Lords of the Dance”, “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.
Internationally acclaimed dancers who participated in the project include: 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.
The work may be displayed in various configurations.
The Artist would like to thank all her collaborators and people who helped in the realisation of the project, in particular:
Magda Ciechowicz, Piotr Czubowicz, Carla Fracci, Robert Hartmann, Charles Jude, Karunakaran, Vladimir Malakhov, Richard Move, Eri Nakamura, Nazareth Panadero, Sylwester Pasniczek, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Niels Robitzky „Storm”, Carsten Schrott, Marion Siman, Andrzej Stasiewicz, Mirek Szewczyk, Claire Verlet, Nelisiwe Xaba.
Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Centre national de la danse – Pantin, Theorem – programme Culture 2000 de l’Union Europeenne,
Theatre de L’Opera – Rome, Teatr Wielki, Warsaw, IPolish Institute in Paris and Polish Institute in Rome, Staats Oper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Ballet de l’Opera national de Bordeaux, Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Teatr Rozmaitości, Warsaw, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie.