curators: Natalia Wiśniewska & Piotr Lisowski
Isolation, white cube, supervision, flaw, boredom, alienation, higher temperature. Exasperation arising from becoming aware of ones maladjustment. In such atmosphere you shall easily overlook the void, both the emotional and physical. Each time the process of adapting to the reality has ones location in a particular space and moreover it is submissive to material objects situated there, which both may be a useful tool as well as a determinant of limitations.
Exhibition „Hidden Flaw” by Katarzyna Malejka remains as a kind of exercise with the uncertainty which takes places in a certain place – gallery and comprising specific objects (installation, photography).
The artist’s intuitive concept of the unit’s mental and physical conflict with the reality may take the form of experience exploration. The title „hidden flaw” refers to the fear and impotence resulting in involvement in the areas in which we operate every day (social, cultural, political). When tailor-made structures fail to adapt, the flaw remains an intuitive instrument for measuring reality.
In the exhibition space arises a bubble – isolatorium – being a place refering to the mobile medical solitary confinement destined to isolate, to observe and as a result treat persons constituted as a threat. Transparent room of a deformed – flaccid – form stays empty. However, this fact can not deprive it from it’s control properties, which are in this case seen by Malejka through the prism of the mechanisms associated with medicalisation. Due to this process areas of social life are defined in medical terms (health or illness). Medicalisation is one of the most important form of social control, accompanying the man at every stage of life.
At this exhibition, the concepts of physical isolation and control are opposed to conditions associated with the sense of alienation of the external world (derealisation) and the uncertainty regarding the existence of oneself (depersonalisation). Both mental experiences affect distinct perceptions of reality and ways of mapping of the environment. In this case the uncertainty assumes the form of prevailing adaptation processes.