“Flower Placing” - performance
Wybicki Square, Gdansk-Wrzeszcz, “Günter Grass bench”
August 24th, 2019, 2:00 PM
This action was a part of a long-term project consisting in placing a specific type of flowers in front of monuments dedicated to men. Until now, such performances took place in i.a. Cracow, Warsaw, Grunwald and Milan.
“Flowers” made of clothes shall be placed in front of the Günter Grass monument as tribute to all baby-sitters, cooks, comforters, mothers, muses and lovers appearing in Nobel Prize winner’s novels. Ephemeral and transitory sculptures are supposed to be a symbolic monument erected for those heroines that proved caring, loving and patient for the patriarchy. The performance was dedicated to all the women thanks to whom men could stand on the pedestal of their own glory, but also to those who were refused their presence in the social memory and who spent their lives at the feet of their masters and rulers.
In a wider sense, the performance critically addressed manly point of view and the oppression of brutality affecting women depersonalised by men due to social functions in a male world superficially attributed to them. Women are still being evaluated based on their looks and age, often being depersonalised and reduced down to the function of those continuing the ‘dynasty’ or ornaments of male pride.
This year, flowers were placed on a hundredth anniversary of women being eligible to be admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. In addition, the “Flower Placing” project was featured in the “Feminist Visual Activism and the Body” book issued by Routledge series, Routledge Research in Gender and Art in London.
Małgorzata Markiewicz – lives and works in Cracow. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. Studied at the Media Action Works run by professor Antoni Poraczak in the faculty of sculpture, and graduated with honours. In 2015 she obtained a PhD degree. Since 2014, she has been working at the Faculty of Arts of Pedagogical University in Cracow, running an authorial Workshop of Critical Projects. In 2004 and 2011 Markiewicz received a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She was awarded by numerous prestigious residencies, including 2015 London Summer Intensive UCL and Camden Arts Centre, 2014 CRIR, Christiania, Copenhagen, 2013 Botkyrka Konsthall, Fitja, Stokholm, 2011 Factory for Art&Design Copenhagen, 2007 SPACES, Cleveland Ohio, USA, 2006 HIAP, Cable Factory, Helsinki. The artist is involved in sculpture, photography, fabric and performance. Her artistic practice explores the complexity of modern gender dynamics in the context of home environment and also within the widely understood society.