Yaga is a photobook about the idea of emancipation of socially excluded women that the system finds inconvenient. It provides a subjective view of women and inequality existing even in the queer world, where men still get more space for telling their stories than non-heteronormative women who seem to go out of sight.
Yaga constitutes an archetype of a contemporary witch, but Yaga is, above all, an emancipatory idea. Agata Kalinowska’s first publication is a book about freedom – about non-heteronormative standards of attractiveness, age shaming and deconstructing the male-female myths that shape the system. It is also a work about the relationship between beauty and socially imposed female identity. It is about the liberating power of a conscious choice to be excluded, to function outside the confines of norms and the established cultural context about the isolation that allows one to exist on one’s own terms.
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Book Specs: Yaga by Agata Kalinowska published by BWA Wrocław 2021 | Edited by: Agata Kalinowska & Łukasz Rusznica | Curated: Łukasz Rusznica | Design: Agata Bartkowiak | Partner: TIFF Festival | Language of publication: Polish, English | Dimensions: 200×265 mm | Number of pages: 176 | ISBN: 978-83-63505-50-9. Available here.
Agata Kalinowska – photographer, writer and bartender affiliated with BWA Wrocław, Ośrodek Postaw Twórczych (Creative Arts Centre), and the Wrocław bar scene. Her interests include the experiences of the precariat, which she documents on her blog Relativelyhuman.blogspot.com.
Agata’s work has been presented in Poland and abroad. Her exhibition Just Don’t Fall in Love, held at the Miejsce przy Miejscu Gallery in Wrocław in 2015 and curated by Łukasz Rusznica, enjoyed immense popularity. Her dummy Scum was shortlisted for the Kassel Dummy Award in 2018 and made it to the finals of the Gomma Grant 2019. Yaga, created in collaboration with Łukasz Rusznica, was released by BWA Wrocław in August 2021.
BWA Wrocław are four venues linked by one programme presenting art and design in new, sometimes surprising forms. The shows, exhibitions, events and publications of BWA Wrocław concern contemporary visual practices and new social, political and spiritual ideas. These galleries are BWA Wrocław Główny, Dizajn, Studio and SIC!. They also publish Biuro – a magazine about art, culture and new thoughts.