Nie! No! Nein! Non!
NIE! / NO! / NEIN! / NON!
The series NIE! / NO! / NEIN! / NON! contains another ideological context, equally important to me. It consists of five large-format, black-and-white photographs depicting doll bodies from sex-shops with my face attached to them. This is one of the most difficult and the most mentally burdensome projects I have ever carried out. The reason for it is that attaching one's own face to an object that is unequivocally associated with perversity, debauchery and instrumental treatment of the sexual act in which the woman is treated like an object to be used/consumed. The sex doll, one of the products of the thriving pornographic-sex industry, proves that the erotic subject which has been the most objectified is a woman. The sex market is worth about $ 30 billion, and the sale of female body phantoms is steadily increasing. These dolls, refined and improved in every detail, more and more resemble real women programmed to provide pleasure, without causing troubles resulting from interpersonal relationships. What is important in the idea of this project is an attempt to illustrate social hypocrisy: for a man, a woman never stops being a sexual object, she is a living substitute, only slightly better than a sex doll. Acting as such a substitute and accepting that role, I was only suffering – attaching your face to latex bodies is not just a declaration of feeling as a substitute, it is also a manifestation of experienced emotions. Each doll is dressed for the pleasure of a man. The sophisticated "attire" encourages men to look and touch, the poses of the dolls are open, ready for intercourse. On the other hand, the face, its expression, is depicted in each photo as the protest of the soul and emotionality of a woman who does not want to be simply used – she wants to be respected, loved, taken care of, admired, treated as a person rather than a sexual object. The last and most important element of this series is the photograph depicting a pile of deflated dolls – used containers. This is the closing part of contemplation of women and their perception by men. The body that ceases to be attractive is worn out and can be thrown on the scrap-heap.