Majak, Katarzyna

Katarzyna Majak, Warszawa, Poland

Katarzyna Majak (Poland) received a PhD from Multimedia Communication Department at Poznan Academy of Fine Arts.

She is a curator for “Warsaw Photo Days”, sits on the editorial board of ‘Fotografia’ quarterly where she is a regular contributor, and cooperates with other photo and art magazines.

Katarzyna curates and coordinates photography shows in and out of her native Poland; lectures on Polish and Eastern European photography as well as photography collecting. Curator and adviser for private photo collections.


Dechirer is the final phase of the project on a wedding dress called ‘Desire’. To some it is “just a story of a wedding which did not happen”. To me it is a story about life, and how external factors, objects, people influence our choices and attitudes.
In the era where documentary photography  is abundant and people travel to other people and places to shoot–
I decided to start a journey through the process of fascination, idealisation, and finally “disengagement” from external factors that have influences on us (be it objects or people).
My journey started with receiving a wedding dress for the wedding which finally did not take place. Left with the object (the dress) – no doubt the object of desire - I searched for  the phases an individual goes through on the path to disengagement from it – from fascination, idealisation, attributing power to what is outside us (in this case the dress of course) to gradual awakening to “reality” and “winning” one’s own powers and objectivity.

In the case of the dress the last phase of this process – the phase of disengagement  from the external (in the project shown here this phase is entitled “Dechirer”) the artistic process started with creating (sewing) a number of copies of the dress and destroying each of them in a different way – up to burning it. All – the process itself and the result of those activities was photographed, videotaped or (sometimes) performed.
To me the whole process is not just “artistic gesture”, but also a universal story rooted in real life. Making of the project gave me enormous insight into how things, objects or people around us may easily influence our lives and behavior and how important it is to maintain our inner strength and individuality in that.
From the images attached: “Torn” is the result of 4 women sitting in a circle and tearing one of the dress’s copies
“Black” was painted black as a symbol of mourning, and worked on until it showed the good-bye to the dress.


Her works are in collections, e.g. Museum of Cinematography in Lodz (Poland), Elektrownia CCA, Madelscy collection, Zderzak Gallery Collection, Pinhole Resource Collection, and others.