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Artur Zmijewski

Artur Zmijewski

An Eye for an Eye

7 - 23 September 2000

 

We all have needs. In Polish artist Artur Zmijewski's video An Eye for an Eye, the able lend limbs to the disabled. An able-bodied man supports a one-legged man. They walk together, ascend and descend stairs, do a little dance. Then a woman takes a shower with a legless man who has also lost his fingers through frostbite. Placing her fingers under what remains of his, she lets him use her fingers to wash himself. How do we understand this? As the disabled and the able co-operating, symbiotic, creating a new dual human being? Or are the able simply appropriated as slaves to those with greater needs?