Description by Filmoteka Muzeum
Cheerleader is a variation on the pop star style produced in the form of a music video. In this musical episode of the cycle In Art Dreams Come True Katarzyna Kozyra addresses the ossified gender-related clichés.
Singing Gwen Stefani’s What You Waiting For, she acts as a cheerleader in men's gym changing room (which was purpose-arranged for the video in the small hall of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw). Between the dance scenes, Kozyra returns to the characters from her previous works, acting as a diva or a man. The chorus features the curators and directors of the Zachęta Gallery.
The above described characteristics establish the work as somewhat of a game on the meta-level, where the play on the stereotypes of manhood and womanhood is interlaced with the fundamental questions about the essence of artistic activities.
References: Katarzyna Kozyra, Casting, exhibition catalogue, M. Sitkowska, H. Wróblewska (eds.), Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw 2010.