Background

QUESTIONS Grzegorz Kowalski

30 USD Polish version

Grzegorz Kowalski’s book, Questions, recalls three actions/questions from the turn of the 1970s/1980s when the artist was actively involved at Warsaw’s Repassage gallery: Would You and Would You Like to Portray an Animal in Front of the Camera? (1977-1978); Would You and Would You Like to Treat Me Like an Object (1979), and Would You Like to Return to Your Mother’s Womb? (1981-1987).

For Kowalski, who studied under Oskar Hansen and was intimately familiar with his Open Form theory, art was a form of communication. He used existential questions to provoke friends and sometimes strangers to look within themselves. He would then collate the replies – short texts and posed photographs – into tableaux or art books. 

Grzegorz Kowalski
When nagging questions emerge, I try to ask them to several other persons in order to learn their reactions. This creates a sum total of reactions, a statement no longer just mine but ours. A multiplicity of reflexes reflected, as in mirrors, in other people’s experiences. A person who needed contact with an art work becomes involved in the process of its making.

Grzegorz Kowalski

Grzegorz Kowalski (b. 1942) is an artist and pedagogue who in his practice has consistently sought to erase the boundary between art and life. In the 1970s he was active at Warsaw’s Repassage gallery, where art was used as a means of gaining knowledge about oneself and fellow humans, becoming a communication tool. Artists (and non-artists) participated in each other’s projects, working towards and with each other. Kowalski collected various worn objects (shoes, gloves, suitcases), provoked situations at the gallery and his own studio, and took photographs. He was preoccupied with existential issues: the human being, notions of life and death, interpersonal relations. From these areas arose the three actions/questions he asked to his friends: Would You and Would You Like to Portray an Animal in Front of the Camera? (1977-1978); Would You and Would You Like to Treat Me Like an Object (1979), and Would You Like to Return to Your Mother’s Womb? (1981-1987). He then collated the replies – posed photographs and brief texts – into tableaux and art books.

%alt_title%

QUESTIONS

Grzegorz Kowalski

30 USD Polish version
  • Editors: Grzegorz Kowalski, Karol Sienkiewicz
  • Text: Karol Sienkiewicz
  • Graphics and layout: Honza Zamojski
  •  
  • Format: 165 x 230 mm, 220 str., offset print
  • Paper: Munken Print White 115 g/m2, Arctic Volume Ivory 150 g/m2
  • ISBN: 978-83-64353-08-6