Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Curated by Paul Carey-Kent, Co-curated by Jolanda Crettaz Chandler

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast is a show combined from paintings, animation and an installation. It is a depiction of contemporary beauty cannon that appears in social media and fashion magazines. Exaggerated vision of women: a melt-down of fashion melds with the animal in what could be a serious critique of consumerism and social media, or just the poking of a little gentle fun…

Text written by Paul Carey-Kent, Cheatahs

What are they about, these paintings of exaggerated women in which a melt-down of fashion melds with the animal? Is ‘Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast’ a serious critique of consumerism and social media, or is Anna Pogudz just poking a little gentle fun? Is she in the tradition of Alex Katz’s painterly pop, or might we do better to look to fellow Pole Natalia LL’s still-pertinent 1970’s deconstructions of the nature of consumer desire?  It soon becomes obvious that we can play it either way. It’s like getting the pictures from the celebrity-worshipping magazine Hello in an edition The Society of the Spectacle. 

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Mighty Beauty, Mighty Beast

Bermondsey Project Space December 2020, London, UK