"Girls and Cars" is a car calendar created by Katka Blajchert and Urszula Kozak. As part of the project, which started in 2018 and is ongoing, the artists annually publish a calendar with their photographs. It is an alternative version to those often hanging in car repair shops, filled with sexism and stereotypes about women. The artists' idea is simple: to show real girls, with their real cars, in their everyday surroundings. A simple feminist statement and, at the same time, an aesthetically pleasing look at contemporary Poland.
Urszula Kozak, Katka Blajchert
Katka Blajchert creates installations, films and photographs. In her art, she deals with her immediate environment, its multilayers and issues. She is interested in the anthropological dimension. She often creates works involving interventions in public spaces. She is also the fourth generation of hairdressers in her family. She combines a strong ideological stance with the practice of craftsmanship in the hairdressing salon Ciach, which she runs, giving her immediate agency. Currently, she is also the organiser of the monthly 'Kurtynka' events, which give artists the opportunity to showcase their work in everyday spaces. Originally from Nowy Port in Gdansk, she lives and works in Warsaw. She holds an MA from the Department of Sculpture and Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and a BA from the Department of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She has exhibited in Poland and abroad. She completed an artistic residency in Białystok thanks to Arsenal Gallery and in Chicago, USA, thanks to Ciach Fryzjer.
Urszula Kozak works with video art and photography, and in her works she addresses the relativity of time and space. She started her studies at the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, after two years she moved to the Faculty of Intermedia, from which she graduated with a master's degree (2014). Since 2012, she has participated in exhibitions and audiovisual projects in Poland and abroad, and co-organises the cyclical events "Share PL" and "ZacieRGB". She received the Grand Prix award at the Interference Festival in Szczecin (2014). She is currently involved in social projects in Warsaw, and participates in the KEM residency and other initiatives that expand awareness of individual potential in social space.
Rok powstania: 2018/2022