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Katarzyna Kozyra

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Katarzyna Kozyra – A Dream of Linnaeu's Daughter  

"Biology and evolutionary theory over the past two centuries have simultaneously produced modern organisms as objects of knowledge and reduced the line between humans and animals...".

The quote from the now classic A Cyborg Manifesto (1985) by biologist and feminist Donna Haraway can easily become the motto of Katarzyna Kozyra’s upcoming exhibition at ŻAK | BRANICKA Gallery. The show features two photographic series presented alongside the artist’s latest video, from which the exhibition title originates. A Dream of Linnaeus’ Daughter was shot in Uppsala, in the gardens of Carl Linnaeus a botanist considered to be the father of modern taxonomy. Kozyra acts as Elisabeth Christina von Linné, one of Linnaeus’ five daughters, an exceptionally talented figure forgotten by history, who as a woman could never take up studies, but still followed the steps of her father and became a botanist. In Kozyra’s interpretation, Elisabeth conducts a choir singing Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous Ode to Joy (the Anthem of the European Union) but... with the voices of such animals as a dog, donkey, cow, horse, goat or monkey.