Joanna Pawlik

A night-time scene showing a large digital screen embedded in an outdoor setting

Performance of Stairs, 2019, Gdańsk

A female performer uses her hands to climb a grand staircase

Performance of Stairs at Muzemu Sztuki, 2020

A female performer with one leg climbs a grand staircase

Performance of Stairs at Muzemu Sztuki

A pair of legs on a black plinth, one seems to be a mirror reflection/inversion of the other

Black Pasta, exhibition view at CCA Kronika, Bytom

A plush red floor and blue-lit scene features an ensemble of diverse musicians

I wonder... directed by Joanna Pawlik

A visually impaired woman in a buttoned up black outfit

Film still: Threnody, HD, 2017

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On 14 and 15 November 2019 the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute showed the premiere performance of I wonder... by Joanna Pawlik,a part of the 4th edition of the "Placówka" program.

In the project the artist creates a polyphonic concert/performance, which is a recording of the numerous forms of oppression andexclusion, experienced by people with various disabilities in everyday life. Drawing on the many years of experience of her own physical disability and the creation in the field of visual arts,film, performance, and music, Joanna Pawlik invited artists with movement, speech, hearing, and sight impediments to participate in the project.

The script contains the artists' statements, but also fragments of their dreams, poems by Wiktor Okrój, as well as dialogues created during rehearsals together by all the participants. It is a kind of patchwork of personal expressions contrasted with statements bypoliticians. All of this in excellent, free jazz and punk rock arrangements, because music is equally important in this project aswords - it improvises on the topic of emotions which appear on stageby means of words.

The I wonder... title refers to the personal condition of aperson in the state of threat: disability, disease, and social exclusion. The creators of the project also take up topics connected with the political, economic and social situation of people withdifferent disabilities in Poland, making use of, among others, the experience of the protest of parents of disabled children in the Parliament in 2018.

Stairs is a series of on-camera performances started in 2013. The common denominator of recordings shot at different locations – staircases, parks, and even a mine – is the repeated image of the author climbing stairs on one leg.
For those with mobility issues, stairs constitute an obstacle in accessing public space. For the artist they are a symbol of hindrance as well as an object of fascination. Within this project Joanna Pawlik examines disabled bodies. In this series of films she documents attempts at an extreme task: climbing to the top with one leg.

Stairs is a series of on-camera performances started in 2013. The common denominator of recordings shot at different locations – staircases, parks, and even a mine – is the repeated image of the author climbing stairs on one leg.
For those with mobility issues, stairs constitute an obstacle in accessing public space. For the artist they are a symbol of hindrance as well as an object of fascination. Within this project Joanna Pawlik examines disabled bodies. In this series of films she documents attempts at an extreme task: climbing to the top with one leg.

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