Ewa Axelrad, ‘Anomalia’, 2015, BWA Warszawa
Ewa Axelrad, ‘Anomalia’, 2015, BWA Warszawa
Ewa Axelrad, ‘Anomalia’, 2015, BWA Warszawa
Ewa Axelrad, ‘Anomalia’, 2015, BWA Warszawa

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.

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

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