Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga

Double elf lift, 2008
From: Acrobat Book

C-print on cardboard, 38 x 38 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 2010-015-017

Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga
Aneta Grzeszykowska, b. 1974 (Warsaw, PL); Jan Smaga, b. 1974 (Warsaw, PL), live in Warsaw, PL

In the form of a twenty-part accordion-fold book, the photo series Acrobat Book shows the artist Aneta Grzeszykowska in various acrobatic positions. Together with her partner Jan Smaga, Grzeszykowska explores the boundaries of corporeality by stretching and deforming herself into almost painfully extreme positions. The project creates a connection between real performance and projected fantasy, and the artists intend it to be viewed as a kind of visual illusion. The deformed body is a metaphor for the image as a flexible, malleable object without boundaries.