Performance Art: Extension | Pamela Leończyk

  • What: Performance Art: Extension | Pamela Leończyk
  • Where: Conference Centre, level 1
  • When: 8 October, 5.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m., 7.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Performance art is a personal vivisection of a family relation, an attempt to face belonging to a specific social unit, and the desire to understand and get to know oneself through another person’s lens.   

The author prepared a silicone cast of her own body and then, inspired by the appearance of her deceased grandmother, gradually distorted it—the performance attempts to face one’s corporeality and how our bodies change over time. The objects used in the performance are a response to the feeling of emptiness and mourning caused by the death of a loved one.  

“I have heard many times that I resemble her. I fantasised about being like her in the future. Will I talk and move in the same way? Will I have the same face? Will I be her extension? How will I feel in such a body? The last time I saw her, she looked like a doll. As if someone had put a mask over her living and warm face,” said the artist.

Pamela Leończyk – director, author of artistic installations, theatre teacher, and accessibility coordinator. She is a member of the Board of the Theatre Directors Guild of Poland. She cooperates with the Association of Theatre Educators and the Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives.

Her theatre plays were shown during the FIST Festival in Belgrade; the play "Nocturnal Swimmers" won the main prize at the International Festival of Avant-garde Theatre and Culture PESTKA, and the play "body process" was awarded the Grand Prix at the National Festival of Independent Theatres OFTeN. She cooperated with the Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, as well as with the theatres in Toruń, Krakow, “Łaźnia” Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk, and the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Słupsk.