5.12.2015 – 30.01.2016
Corporal Punishments /
On the Corporal Punishments exhibition, Propaganda presented the newest series of works by Jakub Ciężki, which was a confrontation with the issue of school, connected with its oppression. In this context, Ciężki posited the deep analysis of the relation between image, body and existence. In his hyperrealistic paintings, which are also the abstract compositions, Ciężki enclosed the essence of contemporary education – the institutionalized power/knowledge system.
Corporal Punishments may appear to be a nostalgic presentation of the recognizable view for every one of their school parquet floors, windows, doors and roofs. It doesn't demonstrate much as a story about which education method was used by schools, but above all, how this education can be physically felt. These paintings are like a child who is starring at a point, while he/she tries to re-establish its autonomy from the surroundings. Simultaneously, they present a unique painting experiment, which aspires to materialize that impression and to establish a physical relationship between the image and the viewer.