Katarzyna Kozyra, Olimpia, 1996
Katarzyna Kozyra

After studying at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, Katarzyna Kozyra (*1963, Poland, Italy, Germany) decided she no longer wanted to make sculptures and began working with photography, video, performances and installations instead. In 1999, she was honoured with a special award when she represented Poland at the 47th Venice Biennale. She received a grant from DAAD in 2003, which she used to study to become a makeup artist and opera singer.

In Olimpia (Olympia), Katarzyna Kozyra, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1992, presents herself as a ‘chemotherapy Manet painting.’ After her work Piramida Zwierzat (Animal Pyramid) from 1993 caused a scandal, she started turning her private life into a public stage. The video is accompanied by a photo installation.

Courtesy Katarzyna Kozyra & Galerie Zak | Branicka

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Video, colour, sound, 12:40 min

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health/illness, private/public, re-enactment, vulnerability

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