Julia Poplawska


Tension talks about the moments: when you know what you want but you chose completely different direction. When you run, you do something which makes you active but you don’t know why you are doing that. Tension is also about why we use a plastic form to isolate body from water during summer. We run on the plastic things at the gym and it makes us cut off from the nature.

“Julia Poplawska’s works touch the problem of economical transformation process after 1989 in Poland. She’s interested in the phenomenon: how the work that we do is putting an impact on who we are. She is also interested in questions of failure and woman’s precarious work, and how the image of woman’s body exists in a public space. All her videos touch the social and cultural context, they come from observing the tensions and interpersonal emiotions from every day life. She creates mainly the video, video performance and installation. During a process she tries to not be passive in the face of outside situations which are created by politic and culture. The video Three worlds and a half of America shows in a poetic way the problem of using the image of a woman’s body by advertising in the process of goods production. She was inspired by silicon ball which she found at Chinese market. It is a reflection about the commerciallisation and sexualization of every area of our life. This topic is presented with the background of a class society. A silicon, antistress ball in a shape of woman’s breast is visible in every scene what makes a connection beetwen all of the social stratum. In the video named Scamper-Progress-Urge she deal with social problems. Video is an attempt to analyse polish society. Progress shows a young person smoking a cigarette and reciting a prayer of a Jasnog√≥rski appeal. The words express a hope in the young generation. Both, smoking and prayer learned by heart, are habits, repeated without hesitation, and both seem to come from unconscious mind. The last part of the video named Urge shows a polish-german couple kissing on the bench. This romantic activity happens next to the national monument. Urge shows a new attitude of some of young Germans and Poles, who seek to reconcile through forgiveness and oblivion. They want to be free from historical disputes, which still exist beetwen the two nations.”