Ewa Bloom-Kwiatkowska – born in 1957 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, she lives in the municipality of Dobra-Nowiny, and works in Łódź. A multimedia artist, scenographer, fashion designer, co-creator of the underground Chaos Faza 3 gallery operating in Łódź in the 80s. A graduate of the Department of Textiles and Clothing at the Łódź State Higher School of Fine Arts. In 1989, the artist burned all of her works and for several years she abandoned the word of art to focus on costume design and scenography. Since 2009, she has lead the Scenography Studio and the Theatre and Film Costume Design Studio of the Łódź Academy of Fine Arts.


Coat, 1984
courtesy of the artist

Ewa Bloom-Kwiatkowska is one of the most interesting representatives of radical, committed fashion in Poland. Her “Coat” with machine gun overprint was her diploma project. The fact that the artist walked through the streets of the city dressed in this coat, not long after the end of martial law adds a provocative and performance character to the piece. The issue of totalitarianism is one of the leading themes of her art. In 1987, she carried out the action “My War” on the premises of the factory at Skoki near Poznań, during which she directed the manoeuvres of cardboard tanks. In the 1980s, she was also responsible for the expressive cycle “Them” which presented crowds of people and objects referencing totalitarian architecture, which were later burned during the “Himmel über Stadt” action in 1989.