Zofia Kulik
”I feel that a great value of my work is the fact that I’m a talented organizer of compound visual structures. In turn, all of the details are simple, like in a common song about love, death etc. My whole work is based on the fact that I permanently collect and archive the images of this world. The complexity of this work comes from the richness of the archive that I possess.”
Zofia Kulik started to create large photographs after 1987, which brought an end to her collaboration with Przemysław Kwiek. Between 1971–87 the artist did not act autonomously but as a half of the artist team KwieKulik. The self-portraits came as a manifestation of an awakening of self-identity in the artist. Along with this self-justification came the ornament. The ornament served as a way for Zofia Kulik to unravel a vision of history, politics and art as a continuum of recurring signs and gestures, organised by the artist’s individual experience and materialised in her private archive of images. Between 1987-91, Zofia Kulik implemented about 700 photographs of a naked male model, presented on a black background, striking poses and performing symbolic gestures taken from ancient Greek vases, catholic iconography as well as Stalinist memorials. This collection of photographs, titled by the artist as the "Archive of Gestures" had been incorporated into a larger, extensive archive, created by Kulik from the very beginning of her artistic practice. The works of Zofia Kulik are produced as photomontages, using multiple exposures of negatives on photo paper through precisely cut masks. In this way, one work can consist of hundreds single images.
Zofia Kulik was born 1947 in Wrocław, Poland. Lives and works in Łomianki (Warsaw). Her work was presented during documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, at the 47th Venice Biennale (1997) Museum Bochum (2005). Her most recent exhibitions include Glasgow Sculpture Studios in 2016 and Badischer Kunstverein in Karlsruhe. Her works are part of renowned international collections such as Tate Modern, MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Moderna Museet.