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Olaf Brzeski

October 14, 2011

Divided throughout the 19th century, invaded and occupied by the Nazi regime during the Second World War, and subsequently hidden behind the Iron Curtain for decades,Polandbecame a democracy in 1989.  In response to this succession of oppressive regimes, a culture of resistance to order imposed from outside has flourished.  Polish artists like Olaf Brzeski responded to the violence and chaos of past events with art that reconstructs reality using elements of the fantastic and absurd.

“I was born in Breslau, which was a German city before war and then we got it back.  I have the influence of my grandparents, their experience with concentration camps and the city, dark and sinister, with tunnels and bunkers.  This sparked my imagination.”

Olaf Brzeski


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