exhibition

Mikołaj Sobczak
Unbreakable Drag

Polana Institute
al. Jana Pawła 49, Warsaw
April 13–27, 2018

"To drag – to haul, pull, draw.
 Actors playing women's roles in long, trailing dresses, creating an irresistible impression that a woman has seemingly appeared on stage. This is where the term "drag queen" comes from a man embodying a female alter ego.
 Drag is retreating from the mainstream culture to the fringes of society, to the clubs for those in the know. Into the underground.
 Guerrilla warfare. Cursed soldiers. Unbreakable. Boys from lower middle classes. Patriots.
They have all been rejected by the system. They all fight against the system.
An on old Polish partisan song says: I cannot come to you today, I'm about to go into the dark of the night... But first I have to go into drag. Instead of a wig, a complete lack of hair. Instead of se-quins, patriotic clothing."


“Unbreakable Drag” is the first individual exhibition by Mikołaj Sobczak, born 1989. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PL), the artists has continued his studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin (DE) and the Kunstakademie Münster (DE). Together with Justyna Łoś, he co-founded the performative duo Polen Performance. In September 2017, his film “STAR”, was part of the exhibition “Love, Memory, Curiosity” organized by the Polana Institute at the Geological Museum, Warsaw (PL).


Exhibition view

Selected works

The Cursed Soldiers (Alert)
Mikołaj Sobczak The Cursed Soldiers (Alert) acrylic paint on canvas 2018
The Cursed Soldiers (Archeology)
Mikołaj Sobczak The Cursed Soldiers (Archeology) acrylic paint on canvas 2018
The Cursed Soldiers (Lactation)
Mikołaj Sobczak The Cursed Soldiers (Lactation) acrylic paint on canvas 2018
The Cursed Soldiers (Parenthood)
Mikołaj Sobczak The Cursed Soldiers (Parenthood) acrylic paint on canvas 2018
The Fighter (Self-Portrait)
Mikołaj Sobczak The Fighter (Self-Portrait) acrylic paint on canvas 2018
The Wrestler (Self-Portrait)
Mikołaj Sobczak The Wrestler (Self-Portrait) acrylic paint on canvas 2018