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From the catalogue of the exhibition:

"I don't imitate death, but I'm using its signs," said Kantor. But it was also Kantor who unceasingly named and defined things using names connected with death, e.g. The Theatre of Death, The Dead Class... In Bałka's art there is no clear-cut and easy read symbols. However, everything in his art is pervaded by the omnipresent experience of death as the end of being. Thus, being becomes dying out. "For me, each sculpture I'm just working out is the last one. In such a sense I'm accompanied by dying, experiencing little deaths before the big death. For the time being, these are sculptures." The word "death" has never appeared in Bałka's art. "First of all, I'm avoiding great words."
Rafał Jakubowicz, Death and Memory
Truly, there's only one face of death. It is a great void that arouses fear. We are defending ourselves in various ways - we believe in the afterlife, in the eternal cosiness of the void or in the eternal reward. We try to ensnare or humiliate death and to grow accustomed to it in this world. Maybe we even want to revenge ourselves on death. To get it, we use almost schoolboy's operations, adding mug to it and dressing it up in clumsy grotesque masks or in jester suit (if naked body can be called a suit). And we call it gently with diminutives; my father used to call it deathy (śmiertka in the highlanders' dialect). Such a death can sometimes be mocked, but this happens rather in fairy tales. And a picture is a fairy tale. More than one mocking counterfeit of the great persecutor can be read in my father's pictures. Nevertheless, I've got an impression that he had never forgot that in the end we could deceive neither death nor ourselves. I feel that respect in his pictures.
Wawrzyniec Brzozowski, In evry stain of paint
The motive of vanitas has been present in the whole creation of the artist. Not only her imagination was baroque; the same was with her attitude towards the world and her relation to death, I mean her relation as a human being and an artist to death, notably to her own death. Don't forget that she was one of those who survived. Much of her adolescence she spent in concentration camps, conscious of ubiquitous death and knowing that every survived moment is given by fate. Maybe the camp and then the almost fatal disease were such intensive experiences that they caused the change in her attitude towards the world, death and life. Those experiences made that she felt strongly fragility, transition and impermanence of life. Illness, dying and eventual death stopped to be taboo for her
Anna Król, Alina Szapocznikow (1926-1973)
Usually, death is painful. Death is the decay of form. If you identify with form or if you got used to it, you will see death as a catastrophe and as the end. Actually, on a certain level of existence it is the end of certain manifestation within the world of form. There is not only identification with the body that is at stake here. Much more important is identification with feelings, emotions, mind and individual structure of ego. The problem of death is, in fact, the problem of identity. If you identify with certain isolated and specific dimension of your existence, then you will be terrified with the decay of that existence.
Marek Rogulski-Rogulus Death as the Technique of Transcendence
Do you consider fear as the fundamental human experience?
A fear of death is the basis for any reflection, any religious thinking.
But a Christian should not fear dying.
Only young priests say so. As long as he is young, he does not fear to die, but when it happens that he has to stay in bed and to suffer, then he fears a little. Christ in the Garden also feared death.
How is it possible that God allows such horrible reality to exist? Shouldn't He be brought before court?
These are Job's questions, the questions from the canon of Hebrew Bible. Man has the right to accuse God, and the right to ask God about essential things.
Or, blasphemy doesn't exist?
Blasphemy resulting from recklessness or opportunism is something horrible and ugly. However, blasphemy resulting from despair is fully entitled. I live now in ultimate times, for I am old and sitting in the so-called waiting-room. I am waiting for death, anyway.
Has god given up to control the World? Jerzy Nowosielski in talk to Dariusz Suska

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