Postmasters is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of the prominent Polish artist Katarzyna Kozyra. As early as her breakthrough work Pyramid of Animals (1993) Kozyra has made the interdependent relationship of people and animals the focus and the metaphorical tool of her practice. For her sixth exhibition at Postmasters Kozyra presents a survey of important projects centered on human/animal power dynamics and culminating in the most recent photographic series, Homo Quadrupeds (2018).
Kozyra is, first and foremost, a creator of striking, complex, photographs, videos and performances where the symbols of subjugation and oppression have been intentionally complicated and jarringly re-presented in ways that make us question our assumptions of what is right, what we know, what we expect, and what we put up with.
She infiltrates, observes and documents the worlds to which she does not naturally belong - like in her Venice Biennale winning installation, “Men’s Bathhouse” (1998), where disguised as an androgynous boy, she entered men’s baths and secretly filmed the scenes inside. Or like in “Punishment and Crime” (2002), where she befriended Polish weapons enthusiasts and filmed their violent proceedings. Or like in “Looking for Jesus” (2012-2018), where she found and interviewed men who consider themselves the Messiah, in and around Jerusalem.