"The Big Plant", video still
opening & performance: 21.12.2022 | 19:00
Galeria Pracownia Wschodnia, Hallera square/Skoczylasa 8 st., Warsaw
concept, video, installation | Katarzyna Debska
vocals, performance | Weronika Bielecka and Olga Kozieł
light design | Mikołaj Szulczewski /__n_o_k_o_
music for CPR | Jerzy Mączyński
choreography for CPR | Annabel Zoe Paran
text | Agata Ostrowska
photos from the installation opening | Natan Kryszk
production | Paulina Mirowska/Pracownia Wschodnia
Can you imagine world without plants? Let's move for a moment to the near future.
As a result of progressive crimes against the nature of the plant practically
they became extinct in 2040 - they disappeared as a result of systemic negligence, ecocide
ceased to be just a symbolic concept. How would we live if we only co-existed with
non-physical plant substitutes? Humankind has contributed to the extinction of hundreds species of plants and animals,
destroying entire ecosystems. Plant endurance, even succulents that store water and are equipped with thorns, was not able to
allow them to adapt to new conditions in which excess, satiety
consumption and global overproduction, caused their natural environment to succumb deformation and destruction.
The constant obsession with growth has led us to a state of emptiness. What do you feel walking on barren ground?
Will the plant hologram experience replace us? real experience? In her latest work, Katarzyna Dębska checks how she can
gruesome fantasy about the future of plants. Only in theory for now.
- Agata Ostrowska
"By photographing the night life of plants in cities, I wondered how it would feel like to be trapped
behind the fence, under the concrete, deprived of the light needed to self-develope. Plant situation,
that are bound to certain conditions because someone decided to do so, showed me
at the same time their incredible determination, wisdom, strength and deep symbiosis,
in which we live together."
- Katarzyna Debska
A. The Big Plant 1., video, 2:50 loop, object, GR 2022
B. The Big Plant 2., video, 2:50 loop, object, GR 2022
C. The Big Plant 3., video, 2:50 loop, object, GR 2022
D. CPR, video excerpts, 12:33, DE 2022
E. Still alive, phone photo, DE 2022
F. (untitled/Athina’s nightlife), analog photography, GR 2021
photos from the opening by Natan Kryszk