presents, a body text series by @malgorzatadawidek
as part of ‘Caressing History’ curated by @iaghastwind
Exhibition at Shrine Empire, on view till 19th May.
“Somewhere between 2005 and 2006 I've developed a term that could best define my artistic activity. My attempt was to include in it both the articulated and the neglected narrative of the body. I've tried to describe with it what the body says as well as the manner in which it speaks; what it feels and how it feels. I've also tried to describe with it what we (I) say about the body, about its reactions, behavior and perception. Thus, bodygraphy was born.” — Małgorzata Dawidek
Dawidek’s Body Text series employs what she refers to as “bodygraphy” – a dialectical chirographical practice that shapes the body in the process of shaping itself after it, occupying the space between body language, body as a medium for language and body as its subject. Bodygraphy, thus inaugurates a double consciousness where the acting body proceeds from the awareness of simultaneously being a screen for socio-cultural inscriptions as well as an object of judgment, appraisal, critique and gossip. Since 2012, the artist has taken to this evocative mode of scribing and translating the welter of sensations and observations of the everyday life filtered through the lens of an ailing body, projecting it back on to the source that serves as the medium for the illness, the affects that if gives rise to, as well as the language that struggles to capture that affect. In a similar vein, The Wheel of Emotions attempts to map out the inconsistencies and incongruities that become apparent when one sets to translate emotions across languages. Some languages have evolved multiple cognates for a base emotion whereas certain emotions altogether fail to signify in a particular language. .
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