Series of photographes
Three colour photographs: Homo Quadrupeds Black (160 x 217 cm), Homo Quadrupeds Friends (166 x 308 cm), Homo Quadrupeds Blue (164 x 217 cm).
In photographs from the series Homo Quadrupeds naked men are led on a leash by burqa-clad women who tame their instincts. This is a reference to the legend of unicorn, in which only a virgin could tame the wild animal. While the women meet during the walk, the dogs sniff each other and seek to dominate. It is no longer only a matter of freeing women from male domination, as in the performance Aus der Mappe der Hündigkeit (From the Portfolio of Doggishness, 1968) by VALIE EXPORT and Peter Weibel, in which Weibel obediently waddled at the artist’s side. Kozyra expands the feminist approach with a political aspect: the dogs in her work, played by Arabs and Americans, are aggressive and ready to jump down each other’s throats any minute. Kozyra might therefore have more in common with Oleg Kulik, who attacks the establishment in his performances as a dog, but also dreams of a non-anthropocentric, ecological society and fights for democracy.
- Photos of the cycle were made by Ela Bialkowska.
- The image of a man in a dog pose was previously used by the artist in Lou Salome project.
- Homo Quadrupeds premiered during “A DREAM OF LINNAEUS’ DAUGHTER” exhibitionat the ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery in 2018.
- Katarzyna Kozyra | A Dream of Linnaeus’ Daughter. Galeria ŻAK BRANICKA