Guest: Grzegorz Ziółkowski
The fire appears as an attribute of protest in extreme situations when anger, rage, powerlessness or despair must find an outlet and other ways of communicating them have failed. Fire is used to manifest hatred when the effigies are burnt and to express solidarity when candles are lit. Manifesting with fire can precede real violence. It may direct attention to your own determination and readiness for personal risk. It may finally take the form of burnt offerings – as in the case of the self-immolation of a Buddhist monk, Ryszard Siwiec, Walenty Badylak, Jan Palach, and Piotr Szczęsny.