The video entitled "Pistols" is the first work of Agnieszka Polska (born 1985 in Lublin) made together with Witek Orski (born 1985 in Warsaw). Both belong to the most prominent young artists in Poland. Agnieszka Polska is a photographer and creates videos and animations. She raises the issues of institutional amnesia and focuses on the role of fiction and confabulation in the recovery of memory. Polska examines the mechanisms of legitimization, mythologization or exclusion of works of art, objects, attitudes and events. Witek Orski is a graduate in philosophy and a photograph. He describes his works in mutually accruing motives, approaches, and takes. Interested in relations between images, he examines social functions of photography, the medium itself, and its place in the field of art. In "Pistols", Polska and Orski are dealing with the (non-verified) history of activity of the Museum of Polish Army in Warsaw where, during the 1968 student protests, all the carbines, even the original rifles used during the 1830 anti-Russian November Uprising, were said to have been damaged just in case.
Ownership form: collection
Source: Galeria Żak& Branicka
Index: MSN: 4300-24/2015
Financing source: Cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the 'National collections of contemporary art 2015' priority