28 april -21 may 2010

Leszek Knaflewski They sleep for them

In her story “Dreamers” from the volume entitled “Americki fikcionar” Dubravka Ugresić succumbs to a dream when looking at the New York homeless. Hidden in backstreets, on park benches or under the city’s many bridges, they spend most of the time asleep. The author spins her poetic vision suggesting that the glass-and-concrete world of today might rest on this immovable and dream-like presence of social dregs and “dreamers”. The dazed outsiders “spin the thread of a dream” that all of us participate in. In this way Ugresić introduces an imaginary order into the world’s chaos, combining dream and reality, making social order contingent on its anomalies, and her own existence on the non-existence of other people. A similar fantasy obtains in the exhibition of Leszek Knaflewski.

It is hard to write about the project They Sleep For Them, because the exhibition is intended to concern matters that words cannot express. The subjects addressed by Knaflewski in his most recent works are the fluidity of existential forms, living a substitute life, incompleteness, deficiency, a communicational alienation, and ossified patterns of learned roles are. The enigmatic videos complicate the work of the eye, which is accustomed to zero-one messages. The series of photographs-objects that give the title to the entire show is concerned with the problem of interpersonal communication with its inherent unfeasibility and misunderstanding. Portraits of women ruthlessly stripped of their faces build up a paradoxical image of a certain community, composed of identical, mute individuals stripped of the ability to express themselves. This time the irreverent and ironic Knaf is both serious and poetic.

Zuzanna Hadryś
Michał Lasota

  • Leszek Knaflewski / They sleep for them
  • Leszek Knaflewski / They sleep for them
  • Leszek Knaflewski / They sleep for them
  • Leszek Knaflewski / They sleep for them