MARIOS DIK (2008-2011)

"From the very beginning I was most interested in the process, in being able to watch the successive stages step by step, in balancing at the junction of fashion and art – this is what fascinates me here. Whether, and where, you can distinguish between the two, actually quizzing people about it – where the definition begins and where it ends, what is still fashion and what is already art"

(Karol Radziszewski in conversation with Kaja Pawelek, MARIOS DIK exhibition catalogue, 2009)

MARIOS DIK fashion concept project is a collaboration between Karol Radziszewski and his DIK Fagazine mag with clothing designs by the MARIOS duo – Leszek Chmielewski and Marios Loizou. The collection’s prints feature Karol Radziszewski’s characteristic strong lines with centaurs, crystals and plant motifs.

The project involves inviting young men from all over the world (readers and fans of DIK Fagazine) to create short, amateur films, in which they creatively use briefs from the MARIOS DIK collection as a leitmotif. Together with the amateur’s videos, the project also features young artists and performers.

Apart from the videos, MARIOS DIK project also incorporates printed media and photography. Radziszewski himself has revisited and explored the project photographically by creating an art book inspired by the 70s performance art and its documentation.

The MARIOS DIK collection was presented for the first time during Paris Fashion Week (2008). MARIOS DIK butique-exhibition took place in Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and Ground Level Gallery / Jeanette's in London (2009). MARIOS DIK photo series was featured in Radziszewski's Backstage exhibition at Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery in Krakow (2011).

Photo contributors:
Kuba Dabrowski, Alessandro di Giampietro, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Rebecca Thomas
Video contributors:
Bartek Arobal, Stefan Botez with Paul Dunca, Patryk Chilewicz, Fanny Paul Clinton with Natasha Rees, Grzegorz Dziedzicki, Marcin Gajewski, Brian Kenny, Jay Barry Matthews, Slava Mogutin with Gio Black Peter, Jan Szewczyk

MARIOS DIK (Artist's Book, 48p., edition 300) Published by Karol Radziszewski, Warsaw, Poland 2009
MARIOS DIK (Catalogue, 96p., edition 1000) Published by Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, 2009