Koh-i-noor 2020

This object is based on the ambiguity of the term koh-i-noor, which on the one hand means the greatest
Indian diamond in the world and on the other hand, the flagship article of Czech company producing so
called magic pencils, the styluses of which contain several colors. These meanings are put together
with the form of a crystal on André Breton's grave, which for him was a metaphor for art, its complexity
and the multitude of possible solutions.


The object is meant to introduce you to the exhibition, evoking my memories from teenage period. I remember during one of the first French lessons in junior high school, the teacher asked if anyone knew how to say "enter". I don't know how or from where, but before I thought, the word "entrer" came out of my lips. Absolutely unconditionally, it was probably the trace of my first trip to France abroad when I was 4, written somewhere very deep in the meanders of my mind.

At the end of the gaze 2019

The multi-level project deals with issues related to bodily movement and physical presence. Wandering is a state that allows one to disappear momentarily, to blend in with the surroundings. On the other hand, it is conducting to observe certain phenomena, which remain invisible in other conditions. The exhibition, playing with the ways of exhibiting works, is a multi-layered game with the body and senses of the viewer, at the same time becoming fully understandable only after passing through the whole distance in the landscape of the Zachęta Project Room.

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Izabela Łęska



born in 1989, interdisciplinary Polish visual artist, interested in narration, repeatability, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (the law of linguistic relativism) and André Breton's objective chance. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland (diploma with honors in 2013) and the Faculty of Art at the Pedagogical University of Cracov (PhD studies). She studied as well at the École Supérieure d'Art de Clermont Metropole (Clermont-Ferrand, France). She has participated in many projects and exhibitions in the country (Zacheta Project Room in Warsaw) and abroad (imMoblized, Paris / Jeune Création Européenne, Paris). Resident at Institut für Alles Mögliche in Berlin and Centre Culturel Le Beffroi in Paris. Creates installations, objects and texts. Lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.

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