— Who are you?
— I am you, but stronger.
Barbara Żłobińska and Mariusz Maślanka in a joint exhibition entitled I am you but stronger will present works that are a thematic continuation of their work. In their objects and installations, they explore the concept of capitalism as a way of organizing a broadly understood concept of nature, including human nature. They are interested in socio-economic systems and the function they play in the global ecology mechanism. Their projects reflect the relationship between capital accumulation, heritage of our civilization and the pulse of life. Żłobińska and Maślanka’s concepts combine science, nature and spirituality; state, tribe and individual; economics, ecology and ethics; evolution, adaptation and mutation. The artists formulate an aesthetic and conceptual definition of the civilizational acceleration of the last decades. In the present project, they relate to the issues of economic and gender privileges.
Curator: Hubert Kielan
1993, Siemianowice Śląskie, Poland
Barbara Żłobińska is a visual artist working in the field of contemporary art and a graduate of the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. She defended her Master of Arts in 2019 by presenting the project included in the Bad Trip II exhibition realized in collaboration with Mariusz Maślanka at the Mieszkanie Gepperta Gallery in Wrocław. In her work, the artist uses spatial practices, creating installations and objects to which she transfers her personal sensitivity to contemporary civilization changes. In her works, she explores the dependencies of culture and nature, economy and ecology, technology and untamed primeval spirit, building a post-anthropocentric narrative about fears and hopes related to the future. Żłobińska’s outstanding academic achievements resulted in multiple awards and Rector’s Scholarship for the best students. Initially involved in the development of her drawing and sculpting workshop, she took part in numerous foundry shows and sculpture open-air workshops, and worked in a foundry and sculpture studio. In the following years, her practice became more chanelled and she focused on an individualized creative method, which allowed her to boldly enter the contemporary art scene.
1992, Rabka Zdrój, Poland
Mariusz Maślanka is a visual artist working in the field of contemporary art. He studied at the Art Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, and from 2016 at the Faculty of Graphics and Media Art of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, where he defended his Master of Arts in 2019 by presenting a project entitled Mimikry as a part of the Bad Trip II exhibition realized in collaboration with Barbara Żłobińska at the Mieszkanie Gepperta Gallery in Wrocław. Maślanka creates objects and installations – his oriented towards conceptualism art practice is based on the modification of the mundane products of contemporary culture and industry that surround us every day. In this way, the artist presents his interest in the forces capable of reorganizing the matter of our planet and influencing the shape of the surrounding reality. The artist examines the living relationship between the functioning of economies, the progress of civilization and broadly understood life. An important element of his practice focuses on reflection on the relationship between socio-economic models and global ecology, therefore he tries to find important meeting points between science, nature and spirituality; state, tribe and individual; economics, ecology and ethics; evolution, adaptation and mutation. The artist’s main determination is the clash of simple concepts and forms that create a partially abstract, imaginative and reflective representation of the present day. He also focuses on the aesthetic aspect of the issues raised and he supports his practice with concepts rooted in the field of contemporary philosophy. His artistic practice can therefore be treated as an interdisciplinary activity involving the fields of philosophy, economy, anthropology and aesthetics.
Both authors represented the young generation of artists showcasing their works at the invitation of various curators from Poland and abroad. In the last five years they took part in the following exhibitions: Connect in London (2016), Kunstzug in Dresden (2016), Zazieleniła się sztuczna trawa [Artificial grass has come into leaf] during the FOCA in Cracow (2018), two editions of the Survival Art Review in Wrocław (2015 and 2018), Double Tap during the Poznań Art Week (2018), Bad Trip in Szczecin (2018), Dead Snake in Leipzig (2019), Quake in Berlin (2019), Zimny Dryf [Cold Drift] during the Warsaw Gallery Weekend (2019), Jak nie później, to kiedy [If not later, then when] (2019), and Królestwo [Kingdom] (2020) at the SIC BWA Wrocław Gallery. In 2019, they were nominated for the Gazeta Wyborcza’s “WARTO 2019” award in the Visual Arts category. In the same year, they were nominated by three independent experts in the field of contemporary art to participate in a project presenting the most interesting attitudes of the young generation of artists, entitled Project Room, carried out by the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.