Each one of her works is the memory and recreation of a segment of its predecessor: each and every predecessor is an ‘ace up the sleeve’ , ready to crop up in the next. It is a system of modular dependencies, of selection based on anti-format and deformation. Like a consummate poker player, she always plays a card at odds with the hand in progress […]”.
Andrzej Wajs, “Beyond Format”,
in the catalogue Katarzyna Kozyra. „Szukając Jezusa“ / "Looking for Jesus", 2014
„Looking for Jesus” is the latest project by Katarzyna Kozyra, whose starting point was information about the so-called Jerusalem Syndrome, an acute delusional disorder which had been reported by medical professionals only in the 2nd half of the 20th century. After visiting the Holy Land, people afflicted with the syndrome start to identify with Biblical characters – usually with the Messiah.
To date, the artist has visited Jerusalem several times in order to find those who in the early 21st century believe themselves to be Jesus. The first journey took place in 2012.
The result is over 100 hours of video footage from interviews and pictures of the city which serves as a backdrop for religious rituals and a scene for people of various faiths, denominations and colours, subsequent Messiahs who try to convince the artist they are miraculous and genuine, surrounding themselves with colourful crowds of pilgrims and locals. Kozyra encounters incredible personalities. Each of her characters hides a fascinating story, and all of them combined constitute a project presenting ways and means of carrying out one’s faith, its place and role in today’s world, and values on which we build our reality.