The Monument Without a Passport, 1978 | © the artists, Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA
KwieKulik is an artistic duo consisting of Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek who were active between 1971 to 1987 in Poland. They suggested connecting art and politics by using artistic demonstrations and performances, which they called ‘activities.’ Their work originated from their interaction with the society they lived in and the effects on their daily lives. Partly, the artistic expression of their critical attitude towards the regime resulted in restrictions of their own personal freedom – an effect they again processed into art. This can be seen in the work “A Monument without a Passport” (1978), which gives this show its title. It was an activity the artists carried out in response to the denial of their passports for travelling to a festival in the Netherlands. This constraint had been imposed upon them on account of the publication of a state-critical piece of work. Despite such difficulties, the duo continued working and documenting all of their artistic activities. They described and photographed their practices, creating an archive, which was always of a radical, social and highly political bent. Put in the context of the current political situation today, the critical approach of their work assumes new relevance.