Mikołaj Sobczak Upends History Painting

Krzysztof Kościuczuk, Frieze
November 18, 2022

The genre of history painting is arguably the most egregious lie perpetrated by visual artists. It seldom provides an accurate account of past events, nonetheless, it has been an efficient tool in exercising power and, as such, a primary source for the popular imaginary. Combining painting, video and performance, Mikołaj Sobczak dives into this realm, dissecting and stitching together historical scenes to conjure encounters that, while impossible, are no more preposterous than their source images.


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