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Urban Beast
November 29, 2012   
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Izabella Jagiełło’s exhibition Bestia (A Beast) is now on display at the Zachęta art gallery’s Project Room. Bestia explores primeval humanity and examines our animality against the backdrop of the modern world. Jagiełło is a Polish artist who has been living in Spain for a number of years. She graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

Jagiełło describes Bestia as the story of the “problem of the degeneration of the world, and how sick relationships and economic preeminence are the result of being torn away from nature.”

The exhibition consists of four parts, two of which are given over to Jagiełło’s earlier works—mostly drawings and sculptures. The works of this period attempt to analyze what is animal and natural in us as against what has been culturally determined and which is therefore more alien and far removed from nature. Jagiełło creates human-animal hybrids and human-sized sculptures of animals leaning forward to reflect on the existence of humanity and animality, the boundary between the two, what emanates from us by virtue of our nature and what is imposed from outside.

The other two parts feature Jagiełło’s most recent work. She herself has said that these were partly inspired by the protests in Madrid, which she had the opportunity to observe.

In the photographic part, Jagiełło seeks out the beast in the urban environment. The drawing and photographic installation “Contact with Nature” includes photos the artist took of protesters clashing with police during street demonstrations. The photos from the demonstration are interspersed with snapshots of real and imagined animals.

The last part of the exhibition is a multimedia collage of the Madrid riots entitled “Indignados” (Outraged). This is then mixed in with shots from a recent march on behalf of granting more rights to pets in the city.

Open until Dec. 9
Tue.-Sun. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Zachęta Project Room
3 Gałczyńskiego St., Warsaw
tel. (22) 826 01 36
For more info, go to www.zacheta.art.pl
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