The trigger for the entire project has been the increasing tension and distrust between the public and the authorities manifesting itself in the police-civilian encounters.
Anomalia originates from my interest in the shifting power dynamics (domination-submission) with the focus on a moment of capture of a suspect with the use of often disproportional and hence grotesque level of force.
The sculpture reflects on the self-perpetuating image and The sculpture reflects on the self-perpetuating image and rethorics of primitive beast-hunting-like practices, as a result of which the capture of a suspect becomes a social spectacle.
The title of the project refers to guideliness for US police The title of the project refers to guideliness for US police officers defined after a number of incidents involving exes- sive use of force. The force used should be only ‘minimal, necessary, objectively reasonable’.
Other works in the project focus on the grey areas of this term: on a ‘slippage’, on the fluidity of thresholds between protection and opression, on actions-gone-wrong and in particular on opression in the name of ‘protection/care’. This subject falls into my ongoing interest in violence under the guise of - widely understood - hygiene.
Image rights: BWA Warszawa
13 SURVIVAL Art Review “Prohibited Acts”, Wrocław 2015; "Minimum, Necessary, Objectively Reasonable", BWA Warszawa, Warsaw 2015; "La memoria finalmente. Arte in Polonia: 1989-2016", Galleria Civica, Modena 2016; "Contemporary Art from Poland", Central European Bank, Frankfurt/Main 2016
"La memoria finalmente. Arte in Polonia: 1989-2016", Galleria Civica, Modena 2016 exhibition catalogue; "Contemporary Art from Poland", Central European Bank, Frankfurt/Main 2016 exhibition catalogue
About Ewa Axelrad
Polish, b. 1984, Poland, based in London, United Kingdom