Marta Krześlak – Ruins of my Dreams

Galeria Labirynt, 5 Popiełuszki Street
Opening: 13.04.2019 (Saturday), 7 p.m.; the exhibition opening is going to be translated into English by Krystian Kamiński
On display: Tuesday-Sunday, 12.00 p.m.-7 p.m.; until 2.06.2019
Admission: PLN 1

Curator: Aleksandra Skrabek

Ruins of my Dreams is an installation that was the diploma work of Marta Krześlak at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. An inflatable playground for children with elements from Disney’s fables, considered useless, was thrown away and became a huge piece of plastic waste. The artist brought it back to life by treating this piece of waste as ready-made and giving it new artistic significance. Krześlak is fascinated with unnecessary and abandoned objects, but most of all, by the potential possibility to transform them into imaginary worlds. In her actions, the artist refers to co-existence of economic processes with natural ones. She is inspired by the space within which the effects of human action influence nature. The latter is often irretrievably destroyed. The installation is accompanied by a sound recording – songs about dreams from the 90s sung by the artist herself.

Marta Krześlak (born 1994) – she graduated from the Faculty of Graphics and Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź in 2018 and also studied at the Faculty of Media Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw as well as at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Krześlak is a Grand Prix winner of the Young Wolves 15 Art Festival in Szczecin, laureate of Grey House Foundation award as well as of Best Diplomas Competition in Gdańsk. Works of Kreślak have been presented on various group exhibitions as well as individually in Poland and abroad. She is holder of the scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as well as 2017 Marshal of Lodz scholarship. Her interests are concerned around dreams and flashbacks of memorised or imagined landscapes. Using found objects, Kreślak creates narration analysing the nature of human actions and often emphasising its absurdity. She lives in Grabina near Łódź. The artist has already worked with the Galeria Labirynt, taking part in the ‘(Non)presence’ exhibition (2016). She also participated in ‘VideoNews’ (2017) – the review of video art works by students of Polish art academies.

Aleksandra Skrabek, Ruins of my Dreams, curatorial text