Paulina Olowska: The Mother

This interview with Paulina Olowska about her staging of Witkacy’s play The Mother at Tate Modern appeared in Tate Etc. online: Paulina Olowska, Re-stage of ‘The Mother’, Collage, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist What drew you to Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy)? Witkacy is a name that haunts you, where I come from. As a teenager, I found his novels unsettling. I remember my uncle telling me that Witkacy painted and made drawings under the influence of drugs. He operated a portrait painting firm where he would sign his works with the names of the drugs he had taken and charge … Continue reading Paulina Olowska: The Mother

If Tate Modern was Musee de la danse?

This review of Boris Charmatz’s Musee de la danse appeared in the Autumn 2015 issue of Tate Etc.: Photo: Brotherton Lock ©Tate Photography. 2015 Spanning the glass panes of the building’s façade, the expansive proposition ‘If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?’ slowly impressed itself on me as I approached the Tate from the Millenium Bridge on day one of its 48-hour ‘occupation’ by another institution: the Rennes-based but itinerant Musée de la danse. The tentative way in which the question was phrased made it less of a rebranding exercise, perhaps, yet it gave a measure of the project’s … Continue reading If Tate Modern was Musee de la danse?