Sebastian (2010)

DVD, 4'30"

In fin de siecle art, Saint Sebastian became one of the decadent idols of perversion, symbolizing sexuality transgressing norms. Saint Sebastian’s status as a gay icon has been rediscovered in modern culture and made him the unofficial patron of homosexuals.
The video by Karol Radziszewski higlights the soldiers’ violence in dealing with Sebastian and the homomilitary aura of martyrdom. The artist brings the story of the Roman saint closer to us by dressing the characters in contemporary uniforms of Polish soldiers, and the drama takes place in local scenery.

(from the curatorial text by Pawel Leszkowicz / exhibition catalogue Ars Homo Erotica published by the National Museum in Warsaw, 2010)

Director of Photography: Michał Stajniak
Editor: Olga Gowin
Sound: Kamil Radziszewski

Produced by The National Museum in Warsaw