Grzegorz Stefański in conversation with Joseph Constable, 13 January 2018

A conversation between artist, Grzegorz Stefański and Joseph Constable, Assistant Curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London.


Grzegorz Stefański’s latest artistic investigation seeks to address the boundaries between bodily gestures and movements and the power they express. His most recent work, choke (2017), canvases the movements of two Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters. Whilst each minuscule movement of the male body might be conceived as an expression of power, Stefański’s invasive, slow-motion filming of the interaction between these two fighters raises questions as to what is socially permissible in male-on-male contact. do-over (2016) similarly looks to abstract and displace the male body — where gestures performed by a young musical conductor borderline on violent expressions of power and auto- aggression. The photograph restraint (2016) explores gestures of power, while interrogating the authenticity of images. The image is charged with tension, carrying with it an undercurrent of violence, despite the superficiality of the re-enacted event.


Currently serving as Assistant Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, Joseph Constable holds a Masters degree in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London, alongside a Masters degree in History of Art and English Literature, from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.