Oskar Dawicki


Date and place of birth: 1971, Stargard Szczeciński, Poland

Living place: Warsaw, Poland

Theme: art

ECC Participation: artist

photo: private archive

Despite having graduated in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Nicolaus Copernicus University (1996), Oskar Dawicki’s creative endeavors focus on the field of performance art. His performance pieces range from one-man shows to group projects with the Azorro collective (with Igor Krenz, Wojciech Niedzielko, and Łukasz Skąpski). He was a founding member of the group Tu Performance in the 1990s. He began making public appearances in his signature glittering blue jacket in 1995. Dawicki has been venturing outside the confines of performance art with increasing frequency since 2000, exploring such fields as video-art, installations, photography, and documentaries.

“Art always happens among people, not just artists. A group of artists sent into outer space would simply turn into a club of eccentric aristocrats.”

In his work, he employs irony and the absurd, discomfort and embarrassment, grotesque and tragedy. By playing on his own presence in the public sphere, he addresses such issues as identity, existence/nonexistence, and the artist’s being vis-à-vis the audience (“Ontological Show,” “O”). He mocks the economic and marketing mechanisms of capitalism (“10,000 PLN,” ”Budget Story”). He professes an open disdain for the theater, a sentiment he expressed in a 2004 Baz@rt Festival performance at the Stary Theater in Kraków.

Dawicki has collaborated with galleries in Kraków (Bunkier Sztuki, Galeria Potocka) and Warsaw (Raster, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Zachęta) as well as the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko. His work has also been displayed at the Videozone 4 Video-Art Biennale in Tel Aviv and Manifesta 7 in Bolzano.

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