SPAH Seminar Series Week 2: Dr Marta Zboralska

‘Wouldn’t it be fun to pee in a bun’: Impotence and Incompetence in Edward Krasiński’s Art

  • Thu 14 Oct 21

    15:00 - 17:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Dr Marta Zboralska

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    SPAH Seminar Series, 2021-22

  • Event organiser

    Philosophy and Art History, School of

  • Contact details

    Abby Connell

Part of the SPAH Seminar Series, Dr Marta Zboralska gives a talk on Impotence and Incompetence in Edward Krasiński’s Art

Arguing for the inextricability of Edward Krasiński’s writing from his visual art, this talk will explore his uses and abuses of the gendered body as a site of dialogue with Polish culture.

A perverse and embarrassing aspect of Krasiński’s practice, the artist’s transcribed outbursts are seen to constitute expressions of his mischievous personality instead of being taken seriously as artistic interventions.

Studying the ways in which Krasiński initiates exchanges with writers such as Witold Gombrowicz, this talk will investigate how his written preoccupation with the failures and deficiencies of the material body develops a link between conceptualism and embodiment, shedding light on aspects of his sculptural output that have thus far gone unnoticed.


About the speaker:
Marta Zboralska is a Lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex and Associate Lecturer in History of Art at UCL, where she completed her PhD in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Briony Fer. The first major article based on her doctoral research, which deals with Henryk Stażewski’s interior models from 1976 and their relation to colour theory, anti-psychiatry and the Polish hippie movement, will be published in the upcoming issue of Art Journal.


To attend, please email spahpg@essex.ac.uk for the Zoom link. The seminar will also be streamed in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall Seminar Room.

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