Ela Polkowska, Poland
“Firmly pinch the skin together” is a project about tactile and fleshy universe of tension and reduction of tension, pressure, balance and bonds. It consists of everyday life moments of uneasiness, with pictures that trace visually the feeling of anxiety. The title is a phrase from the medical instruction of how to make an injection which shows the correlation between a slightly painful gesture and its curing function.
It is based on the conception of the Skin-Ego by Didier Anzieu where skin is treated as a metaphor – a wrapping that protects the interior but also connects with others, maintains the body in a state of unity and solidity, preserves the balance of our inner environment from external disturbances but in its form and texture retains the marks of those disturbances.
The project shows the system of touch, pressure, pain and warmth closely connected to the other sensory organs, with sight among them, and to the awareness of body movement and balance.