KwieKulik is the artistic duo of Zofia Kulik (b. 1947, Wrocław) and Przemysław Kwiek (b. 1945, Warsaw), active between 1971-1987. Since the early 1970s, their radically political art combined artistic activity with daily life. They pioneered the process of transforming the domain of art into a laboratory of social participation and grassroots formation of groups able to achieve goals regardless of the state authorities’ intentions. They belonged to the first generation of Polish artists who rejected the traditional means of expression and concentrated on ‘Activities’ (term applied by the artists themselves) and the use of media in mechanical record and reproduction of images. They continue to provide a major point of reference for socially and politically engaged contemporary artists who transpose their practice into new media.
KwieKulik, Activities with Dobromierz, 1972-1974, detail 242. Courtesy of the artist and Kulik-KwieKulik Foundation.