Nov. 19, 2021

Marcin Dudek: Supporter-Artist

At the turn of the 1990s and 2000s, Marcin Dudek was a supporter of Cracovia Polish football club. In fact, he belonged to the hooligan group associated with this club.

In his art, Dudek makes use of the experienced arranged fights between supporters of different football teams, clashes with the police, or violence in the public space appropriation. “In his artistic work, he most often develops situations based on the confrontation between the world of violence and the world of art. He often refers to the events from football stadiums, as well as to biographical threads from the times when he was a part of the football fan movement, in order to deconstruct the recreated memories in the gallery space", wrote Przemysław Strożek about Marcin Dudek, an artist creating installations, objects, collages, and performances ( In his art Dudek deals with the issues of crowd psychology. He studies aspects connected with architecture and the society of the spectacle.

Marcin Dudek's abstract collages are a reconstruction of events and sports buildings that had a specific impact on the behavior of the crowd. Football stadiums are usually such places. Located in an exposed part of the city, they organize the life of its community. They are a theatrical stage on which emotional events take place, filled with the powerful joy of victory or the inexhaustible sorrow of failure. Dudek uses abstraction in order to reflect the character and atmosphere of those places as accurately as possible. His collages are made of tape fragments cut off with a knife. Most of his works are black and white. When the artist starts creating a new composition, he analyzes the history, archives, press clippings, and witness statements.

In the work "I Walk Around its Edge Above", presented at the auction, Marcin Dudek discussed the history of one of the most famous football stadiums in Poland - the 10th Anniversary Stadium. Its story starts with the year of its construction in 1955, goes on through the times when the site served as a place for organizing sports events, the venue for state ceremonies, the largest market in Europe, and ends with the bustling sports facility, which is the National Stadium.