Delegated performance

performance / action

duration ~ 2h
exhibition Cohesion, Nowy Theater, Warsaw 2013
exhibition Arte Laguna Art Prize 13.14., Venice 2014

To introduce the project a team of 36 waiters was hired. They regaled the guests with sugar during the opening session. Each waiter carried a 1kg tray of soft sugar. They were working in organized group. Combining a personal family history with performance structure, the action was designed to produce an uncomfortable response in the audience.

The starting point for this work was a history of my great grandparents and their relocation during war from west of Poland
to work at the camp in Saxony. After the WW2 they planned to return to Poland. Because of the political situation they couldn’t travel directly to Poland through the German border. That’s why they travelled through Czechoslovakia. They lived there for some time during the period of great hunger. Not so far from where they settled, they discovered a sugar factory. The sugar has been caramelized and then frozen after the factory suffered bombarding during war. My great grandfather went to the factory and dug out this sugar. 

It was the basis of their diet and sustenance for a long time. Before the WW2 my great grandmother weighed 36 kg. Upon return to Poland her weight and figure changed drastically. She maintained her slim legs but stomach was morbidly obese.