A plain-colour dado and a number of doors as if leading to flats in a long, brightly-lit corridor… In her installation ‘Dummy’, the artist used the surroundings which resembled the interior of a staircase in a block of flats, so-called panelak. This almost ready-made entourage was made complete with some props: spyholes, door handles, door locks, doormats. The almost-private space thus created, despite the presence of some objects which usually perform a decorative function, emanated void and coldness. Some visitors fell for the illusion: they pulled down on door handles, peeped through blank spyholes, rang silent doorbells. That was when the illusion was shattered. Originally, the numerous alcoves (doors) led to dozens of tiny rooms scattered on all levels of the bunker. These claustrophobic quarters provided shelter to civilians during air-raids and bombings. This fact brought to light an additional aspect of the installation which, by showing the shelter as a temporary flat and forced accommodation, said that illusion is also a game between what is visible and what is, at a glance, invisible.
photo: Justyna Fedec