Mikołaj Sobczak

Lutzi Puppe Wutzi (2023)

What kind of advice can the past give to the present? Mikołaj Sobczak’s new performance for herbst cabaret provides a unique answer, reviving the 19th century with a life-size puppet of one of its most vivid figures: Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, also known as Luzi-Wuzi. It was an open secret that he preferred the company of men, sometimes appearing publicly in drag. Sobczak talks to the puppet about class struggles and queer rights then and now—a time when the repressive climate of bygone days is returning.

Mikołaj Sobczak (1989, Poznań, Poland) is an artist working with video, painting, and ceramics, often including performative elements as well. In his work, Sobczak focuses on political issues and historical policy, emphasizing the perspective and life of marginalized subjects. He builds narratives and tracks down the reasons for current global and social issues. Recent exhibitions took place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; and Museum Ludwig, Cologne. He lives in Warsaw and Amsterdam.

Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ʼ23

14.10., 21:00
15.10., 19:00

Forum Stadtpark (basement)
​Stadtpark 1
8010 Graz  ♿

18/14 euros per evening

Dauer: 45 min.

In English

Puppet-maker: Olik Stawik
Costume design: Atelier Planeta

Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ʼ23