by Wojciech Tubaja

Emilia by Wojciech Tubaja


In many of his works, Wojciech refers to history and popular culture to draw analogies to the emotional state of his characters. To depict the extreme emotions of his subject Emilia, he literally frames her convulsive body in a cut-out photograph by Jean-Martin Charcot. Charcot was a nineteenth-century French neurologist who is known for his photographs of women in attacks of hysteria. The cut-out serves here as a universal model of the agonized, hysterical female figure that Emilia aligns to. The repetition of her movements, as well as the intervention of the photograph into the privacy of the space, turns the viewer into a spectator of the intimacy and the intensity of her emotions.