Deskur Marta

Born 1962 in Kraków—photographer and video artist. Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Aix-en-Provence in France (1983—1988). Collaborates with Grupa COMMBO. Holder of scholarship from the Künstlerdorf Schoppingen, Germany (2000); artist in residence at Location One, New York (2001); Philip Morris Kunstforderung—Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2002—2003); holder of scholarship from the French Government (2005—2006).

By discarding superfluous details from her works, Marta Deskur gives them a painting-like character. While minimalist, her works have a decorative value. Cut-out human figures or body parts, as well as deletion of unnecessary fragments, help her draw the viewer’s attention to what she considers important. She takes up socially relevant issues (e.g. migration, cultural strangeness), as well as feminist questions (e.g. the issues of virginity or motherhood). She deals with stereotypes and customs cautiously, criticising them mildly but, at the same time, admitting that they are needed; she examines emotional relationships between people (the cycle Family).

selected solo exhibitions: Human Clear, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa (1996); This is Clara, and this is me Pico, Narodowa Galeria Sztuki „Zachęta”, Warszawa (1998); Family, CSW „Łaźnia”, Gdańsk (2001); Fanshon, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2003); Not to be touched, Minoriten Galerien, Graz (2006)

in Bunkier Sztuki – solo exhibition: Deskur. Family (2000); group exhibitions: Novalog in Kraków. Tête–à–tête with the Unknown Neighbour (1997); Transfer Poland—Nordrhein-Westfalen (1998); Wanted! International Video Program + After hours. Polish Supplement – video review (2000); Negotiators of Art. Facing Reality (2001); White Mazurka (2004); Parallel World—Poland 50°//N—52°//N. Young Art from Kraków (2004); Test Card_1. Latest Polish Video (2004); From the Bunkier Collection (2005); Bunkier Sztuki Collection (2006); At last, Something New! Collections of Modern Art from Malopolska (2007)

works in Collection: Last Supper, 1999, duratrans on foil, 150×1000 cm; Three Kings, 1999, duratrans on plexiglas, 151×241 cm; Can You Play with a Nun, 2000, duratrans on plexiglas, 104×150 cm