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《Jacob's ladder》 2020


Jacob's ladder

Łukasz Surowiec has been actively involved with people who tend to be excluded and isolated by society. In this work, he invited homeless people to the accommodation in Krakow, where tourists have stopped coming due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They relax in their own way, make some tea, take a shower, and sleep. During a global pandemic, we glimpse the possibility to build a new community. The title "Jacob's ladder" comes from a mysterious dream (the ladder to stretch from heaven to earth, angels are seen ascending and descending on it) that Jacob had, appearing in the Book of Genesis and being tired of traveling. It indicates the possibility of social and economic equality on earth.


Born in Rzeszów in 1985, Łukasz Surowiec is based in Katowice. In 2010, he graduated with a sculpture degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and later studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin. His practice encompasses video works, performance, sculpture, and installations in public spaces, and also intersects with political and participatory art. He exhibited at the Berlin Biennale in 2012. He was a finalist for the Views 2017 contest. Surowiec’s work is founded on concepts of individual or collective responsibility. It has been shown at many exhibitions at home and abroad including the Berlin Biennale, Kochi (India), CCA Kronika (Bytom, Poland), and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. He has been the recipient of a Poland Ministry of Education scholarship.



Kamagasaki University of the Arts

2-3-3 Taishi, Nishinari-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 557-0002

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