* Zofia Cielątkowska, Too Close, “Punkt” 14, 2014, p. 316-325. The body – its stamina, sexuality, every, day existence, and commonality – definitely remains in the centre of one of the most frequently addressed topics in the field of “transgressing borders” in art. It appears in many contexts, indeed. The present time provides a vast… Continue reading // Too Close – An Essay on Intimacy (2014) // “What, however, makes it remain “too close” yet without transcending the flimsy borderline and not being regarded as pornography? “
*Jul 11, 2015, Interview published in Contemporary Lynx Zofia Cielątkowska: My first impression after listening to No More Stories (2015) was that it is an absence, which is actually a presence. Let me explain. I think No More Stories is very much connected – in a kind of reverse way – to your last major… Continue reading // The Sound Is Not Enough – Talk with Wojtek Blecharz (2015) // “In general, I compose very personal music and I am not afraid to admit it”.
Text published in Tique Art Zofia Cielątkowska, A stroll with Art in Warsaw. Absence and Presence with Intensity of Both, “Tique Art Paper”, #1Transition, 2016 Download PDF; Tique_PDF
“Obieg” Magazine, 7/2014* Zofia Cielątkowska:Tell me more about your project or rather presentation which we can see at the Jewish Museum. There are different stone pictures, a video in which you seem to be swallowing something and another video which is actually more difficult to describe. For the viewer who doesn’t know the context it… Continue reading // Element of invisibility – talk with Luísa Nóbrega (2014) // “Somehow when we get closer to history paradoxically we realize more and more how far we are from a throughout understanding.”
“Obieg” Magazine, 10/2014 Zofia Cielątkowska: Let's start with the main movie of the exhibition "REEL-UNREEL" (2011), which I think might be interpreted on different levels. The first level could be described as political, and is connected with the fact that Talibans on the 1st of September 2001 confiscated and damaged reels from the Afghan Film… Continue reading // A change in a society struck by crisis: an interview with Francis Alÿs (2014) // “I’m not trying to set a political agenda and so on. But I do take into account the political ingredient as much as the social one, economic one, religious one, etc.”
*Text for the exhibition folder; Grzegorz Kozera, DADAscali, 2014 Once, I spoke with a renowned painter about contemporary culture. „Theater? No way, I never go!” - he said with dismay and astonishment, when asked about a particular theatre performance. Let’s begin with margins, side notes, scribbles, author’s comments, stage directions (didascalia). That is with text, which… Continue reading // DADAscalia Pictures On the Margin – Text for the Exhibition Folder (2014) // “Let’s begin with margins, side notes, scribbles, author’s comments, stage directions (didascalia).”
Interview from took place at the European Culture Congress "Art for Social Change" (8–11 September 2011) Text published in Biweekly, nr 30/2011. Zofia Cielątkowska: Do you think that intellectuals or art can do something for social change? GAYATRI CHAKRAVORTY SPIVAK: No. You really think that there is nothing artist and intellectuals can do in favour… Continue reading // Talk With Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (2011) // “For me, the ethical is that moment which might or might not be encountered by the subject, and may produce the reflex for which it is or it is not trained.”
7TH October 2016, Dwutygodnik.com nr 196, 10/2016 Zofia Cielątkowska: Gob Squad has been performing more than 20 years now. SIMON WILL: Yes, we started in 1994. It is a while. Quite often you emphasize that you want to ‘escape from the stage’. Looking at your works from the 90’s till today, you are now closer… Continue reading // Interview with Gob Squad (2016) // “…We are politically engaged as we regard ourselves as political.”
Photo: Movie still from Elephant Flesh Elephant Flesh, 2017 (video performance of Aleksandra Kubiak) POLISH How to tell personal trauma story? Is there any good way to talk about it? Is there a good moment? The very first scene of the Elephant Flesh starts with dialogue between two women in a complete darkness of the… Continue reading // Elephant Flesh // How to tell personal trauma story? Is there any good way to talk about it? Is there a good moment? The very first scene of the Elephant Flesh starts with dialogue between two women in a complete darkness of the stage.