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9 February 2022
The Most Beautiful Shop

Viola Głowacka

  • where?

Pavilion at the bazaar at ul. Namysłowska 8 (pavilion no. 42). It is a very popular place, in a sense also an escalation of mass culture. Such a bazaar as at Namysłowska Street is the heart of trade powered by the painstaking work of small traders, fast businesses, a living image of the law of supply and demand.

  • what could we see? 

In the Most Beautiful Shop, we saw works by Viola Głowacka, several paintings that were part of the series “Kiosk Ruchu i Fear” and “Toothstreet”. They were inspired by the exploration of the urban space of Praga Północ from Ząbkowska Street to Hallera Square and juxtaposed with bazaar objects, i.e. ready mades.

  • context?

WORKING CONDITIONS, WOMEN, LUXURY. Working conditions at the bazaar are not easy, which we often forget, focused on our shopping, searching for treasures. In addition to groceries, fruit and vegetables, there is room for luxury products in a different way: plastic toys, cheap perfumes and handbags, achievable even with rising inflation and low income. They become a kind of available luxury, which is determined not by the price or the prestigious location of the store, but by the sense of satisfying one’s own hunger for beauty and aesthetics. Women and children are important groups of recipients, customers, clients. Bazaar or Ruchu Kiosk is like a religious book for an exegete, a temple of human needs. It can be explored daily through and through and find hidden and literal truths and rules.

Viola Glowacka – born in Biała Podlaska, studied at the Art Department of UMCS Lublin. The most important individual and group exhibitions include: 2021: Who Will Write the Story of Tears. Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw (2021), 2020 / 2019: The end of expressionism, Jan Kaps Gallery, Cologne, Germany, 2019: Paint means blood, woman affect and desire in contemporary painting, Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Young Polish Painting, Collection, National Museum in Gdańsk, 2016: New Horizons : The identities of others, Frissiras Museum, Athens, 2015: Artists from Kraków. 1980-1990, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, 2013: The diamonds cutter mystery, Trafo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

www.violaglowacka.com

The description uses extensive fragments of Viola Głowacka’s text.

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