ANNA KROLIKIEWICZ - GRASSOMANIA 11 / WRZESZCZ NIGHT 2019
May 18th, 2019
As a part of the Wrzeszcz Night, Anna Królikiewicz, visual artist, presented two projects referring to tastes described in Günter Grass’ works. Both works were strongly inspired by one of the most popular novels of the Wrzeszcz Nobel Prize Winner. Similarly to Günter Grass in “The Tin Drum,” Królikiewicz was teasing a number of senses and wanted to introduce viewers to her story in a comprehensive manner. As opposed to the Nobel Prize Winner, her way of telling a story was modest, she did not hit the drum – counterbalancing the destructive scream of Oskar with a whisper full of concentration.
At the Tajna Galeria, an installation “Fizz Powder. Does That Ring a Bell?” which was an impression on the store of Matzerath from the nearby Labes street (currently Lelewel street) and other numerous colonial stores present in Grass’ novel was presented. We had a chance to look through the eyes of Oskar, an ambiguous and multi-dimensional character, a protagonist outside time, an adult who wants to be a child forever, an artist. The mentioned place became an alchemical kitchen, a symbolic place of searching for the meaning and tearing away the memory membranes.
The second work, entitled “Is There a Black Cook Here?” was presented at The Culture Garrison in Wrzeszcz, and also made a reference to “The Tin Drum.” Participants of the event were able to taste the soup made especially for this occasion, appearing both at the beginning and at the end of the novel. The history of Oskar is closed by reference to child’s nightmares; on the last pages of “The Tin Drum” the “Black Cook” who seemed to be the only source of fears of the sociopathic protagonist, returns. Perhaps the reason behind this was a child’s trauma – a culinary nightmare provided by children in Wrzeszcz, neighbours from the Labes street, who used to feed the ‘stranger’ with a disgusting soup. Anna Królikiewicz adopted the role of the “Black Cook” who this time, as it turned out, failed to make the participants of the event scared. The artist (using fully edible and plant ingredients!), in cooperation with the “U królika” restaurant, brought back the taste or perhaps the vision of the soup. The soup was served at the end of the Wrzeszcz Night and the travel with Oskar.