“Art is a mortal fight for human consciousness,” says Polish video artist Artur Żmijewski.
He frequently turns to deformed people as subject matter, resisting all demands toward political correctness. His work has attracted controversy — for example, a recent video installation of in which his subjects played a game of tag in a gas chamber used in the Holocaust.
Born in Warsaw in 1966, he says “The goal of my films is not a literal change of reality, for example… an improvement of the well-being of invalids.” Rather, he wants his work to allow viewers to think of the Other with tenderness.
Żmijewski’s work is on view as part of the New Skin exhibition at the Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib.