Oiko Petersen | artist |
Oiko Petersen keeps on pushing the limits. After Polish gays, he is now tackling the topic of Down syndrome. It may sound scandalous and incredible, but there is a deeper meaning in this. The artist continues to deal with the problem of social exclusion and marginalization. (...) In his unique style, Petersen does not try to present us with fake normality, feigned solemnity or forced compassion. Rather, he points out the peculiar originality and, what is perhaps most difficult, he presents the distinctive sex appeal of people with Down syndrome, the inaccessibility of their world to us, the ordinary ones.
Adam Mazur Ph.D. | curator | Centre for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Rarely can we see an artistic vision of mental disability that does not attempt to convey any educational message. Depictions of the handicapped usually serve as teaching aids helping the rest of the society feel better. The project by Oiko Petersen is something extraordinary in this respect. It does not contain even a trace of educational function. Models shown in his pictures are independent, they do not serve any particular purpose or exemplify anything. Down syndrome can be really beautiful and colourful. (...)
Professor ElĆŒbieta Zakrzewska-Manterys | Senior Lecturer | Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw