The Kopiec Bonawentura project originated in a quotation from Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi (1896): “The story takes place in Poland; that is to say, nowhere”, a brutal evocation of the current historical context. Lucas Olivet creates a multiple, transnational response, somewhere between Poland and the lands of that exiled diaspora known as Polonia. He let himself be guided by a Polish legend, that of Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko. Historians call him “the last knight” or “the first citizen of the world.” His heroic destiny illustrates the common cause of nations subject to the displacement of their borders. The title of the exhibition, Kopiec Bonawentura, was taken from the Kościuszko Mound erected in his memory on the heights of Krakow.
Publication: Kopiec Bonawentura, Kerber Verlag, 2018.
Prints and framing by Atelier SHL, Arles.
With support from the Swiss Confederation, the City and Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.