Wojciech Dada, Katarzyna Górna and Rafał Jakubowicz: Cleansing

Wojciech Dada, Katarzyna Górna, Rafał Jakubowicz, Cleansing, 2020, 22:42 mins. Selected by Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

2 February – 28 March 2021

By Wojciech Dada, Katarzyna Górna and Rafał Jakubowicz, Cleansing refers to the 2001 American production entitled Conspiracy (distributed in Poland with the Polish title reading: Ostateczne rozwiązanie, literally meaning “final solution”). The American film is based on archival protocols documenting a conference held in Wannsee on 20 January 1942, where a group of Nazi dignitaries gathered to “resolve the Jewish question”. During the conference, the Nazis make the tragic decision to mass-exterminate Jews with the use of gas chambers.

Cleansing refers to the aesthetics and drama of the American original, but takes on an entirely different issue: the legitimacy of human existence as a species in the eyes of animals. As part of the narrative, animals plot to take revenge on their enemies.

Wojciech Dada (b. 1964) is an artist and graduate of the Faculty of Painting, Graphic Design and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań (1995). He has since taught at the University of Arts in Poznań. In 2002 Dada joined the Wunderteam artistic group, together with Rafał Jakubowicz, and, since 2005, Maciej Kurak, previously also with Paweł Kaszczyński and Włodek Filipek, who passed away in 2005. Dada has presented his works at solo and group exhibitions, including shows at Galeria Działań in Warsaw, National Museum in Krakow, Wyspa Gallery in Gdańsk, Kubus Gallery in Hannover, Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, ON Gallery in Poznań, Zona Sztuki Aktualnej in Łódź, Entrepôt (port du canal) a Venarey-Les-Laumes, France, Anarchistyczny Klub/Księgarnia Zemsta in Poznań, and CSW Znaki Czasu in Toruń.

Katarzyna Górna (b. 1968) is an artist, graduate of the “Kowalnia” studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and representative of the genre known as critical art. Over the course of the last decade, Górna’s works have become socially engaged manifestos concerning, among others, the exploitation of workers, climate change, and multinationals. Since 2009, Górna has also been involved in the struggle for the rights of artists and cultural workers. She is the co-founder of the Citizen’s Forum for Contemporary Arts. In 2019, she received a doctorate in art from the Academy of Art in Szczecin.

Rafał Jakubowicz (b. 1974) graduated from  the Academy of Fine Arts (Faculty of Art Education and the Faculty of Painting, Graphics and Sculpture) and the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań (Faculty of Modern Languages, majoring in Hebrew Studies). He is a member of the Workers’ Initiative Trade Union (Inicjatywa Pracownicza). In his projects and teaching practice, he addresses the problems of the precariat, the trade union movement, exploitation, and the practices of resistance in special economic zones. He is also interested in the social costs of transformation in Poland and Eastern Europe, unemployment and class discrimination, antisocial housing policies, poverty ghettos and penal management of poverty, as well as the appropriation of memory in the context of historical policy. In 2015, he created an illuminated relief portraying Jolanta Brzeska, the Warsaw tenant rights activist, entitled “Musicie coś zrobić” [“You have to do something”] for the WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION festival