Renata Kaminska: One or Thing


The spread of urban areas and the growth of the human population have reshaped and destroyed natural habitats, creating tensions between the city and natural environments. Hazards such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes show that the destructive relationship between the elements and humankind is reciprocal. Since the dawn of civilization the four elements have been a central theme of art.

Kaminska’s practice examines the relationship between humanity and the four elements perceiving a primordial relationship between humankind and nature as two interwoven and similar types of force. ‘One or Thing’ focusses on mankind’s status as a kind of ‘natural hazard’ – unpredictable, uncontrollable and often destructive. Furthermore, the artist explores the four elements as prisms for ideology and culture, which also illuminate our ecological and environmental debates.

To see at
Klyde Warren Park

Section within the
Dallas Arts District

Renata Kaminska studied at Art Akademie in Lublin, Poland, Zürich, Switzerland and Leipzig, Germany and finished her MFA at Art Institut, UMCS (prof. Mikołaj Smoczyński) in Lublin and Academy of Visual Arts, HGB (prof. Astrid Klein) in Leipzig, Germany. Since the 2000’s she has produced social and site-specific sculpture, installations, photographs, videos and performances.

In 2009 she started her artist project BEL ETAGE and continues this work annually. Her work examines social, cultural, political, economic and linguistic backgrounds of misunderstandings in the communication within relationships (privately as well as publicly) in our societies. She focused on a discursive practice, which on a visual level can analyze and uncover, shift and maybe overwrite cultural codes and signs. In this relation the artist frequently used ‘everyday materiality’ such as daily newspapers or ‘ad hoc’ press kit. Her work is shown nationally and internationally and she lives and works in Berlin.

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