Stroboskop (Warsaw, PL) and DĄĄB (Brooklyn, NY) are excited to present POWER POSE, a 50-minute video anthology that draws inspiration from Stroboskop’s first two exhibitions of the 2019 season, ‘Objects of Worship’ by Jan Możdżyński and ‘Trojan Horse’ by Leann Herlihy.
The notion of ‘power posing’ was first formally introduced in 2010 by a team of American social psychologists who claimed that by positioning the body in a specific way (think superhero: Wonder Woman) you create the illusion of power. This idea has been touted to American women ad nauseam, entangling stereotypes of gender, power, sexuality and patriarchy and condensing it to the maxim: fake it ‘til you make it.
POWER POSE brings together artists living and working across the globe (Poland, Germany, Australia, the United States), making work that engages ideas about emotional and political boundaries, and the flexibility and subversion of contemporary ideologies. Like Jan Możdżyński’s paintings in ‘Objects of Worship’ many of these videos are speculative exercises, exploring the possibility of creating monuments to queer or othered bodies and communities, monuments that commemorate joy, sexual pleasure, etc. Others echo a visual language floating between sport, traditional dress and S&M, a similar strategy employed by Warsaw-based Irish artist Leann Herlihy in her upcoming exhibition ‘Trojan Horse’. Herlihy often explores the tools and systems of subjugation and oppression of female bodies through time, this exhibition is focusing most directly on the history of equestrianism and its relationship to contemporary gymnastics. These themes play out through performance, sculpture, and photography.
POWER POSE is a conversation about power, queering, monuments, boundaries as well as gender and the (non)binary. It is a collaboration between two artist-run spaces, bridging distinct conversations on contemporary, universal themes.
Katie Zazenski, Stroboskop Art Space Martyna Szczęsna, DĄĄB
Participating Artists: The Motel Sisters (Liam Benson and Naomi Oliver), Bella Ćwir, Pixy Liao, Mutant Salon, Tommy Kha, Kuba Gliński, Mikołaj Sobczak, Hein Han, Mahsa Biglow, Catherine Cramer, Audra Wist
DĄĄB on Sunday, April 28, 6PM Warsaw on Tuesday, April 30 at Karrot
DĄĄB is located at: 135 Oak Street Brooklyn, NY 11222
You can find Stroboskop online at: https://stroboskop-space.pl/