“Art is the search for freedom. Freedom is a goal in and of itself, and art realizes that goal.” A spotlight the provocative work of Natalia LL, the early-1970s Polish-born pioneer of feminist avant-garde image making.
The Polish artist had an influential impact in the 1970s in the international rise of feminist art. LL (Lach-Lachowicz) originally studied printmaking and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroblow. She would drop out in the 1960s to pursue photography. Her photographs would dabble in performance and installation while touching on common day-to-day actions from talking to sex.
The most acknowledged series is Consumer Art (1972) a combination of photographs and videos. It consisted of women eating, drinking and/or playing with suggestive foods or drinks. In light of our current day, seeing a woman eat a banana sexually isn’t anything new but, let us channel ourselves to the 1970s in communist Poland; at the time, products such as bananas were expensive and imported during certain times of the year such as Christmas.
To seductively play with something that was seen to be a level of delicacy at the time sparked a reaction and message amongst the country and movement. Around the 1980s, she would survive a serious illness that would steer her work in a supernatural, spiritual direction. Though she is notorious for her photographic work in feminism, it must also be known how a part of her resides in each photo and how personally she took each of them.
Words: Maylyn Bertorelli / @twiggymay