Kto to jest? (Who is this?) by KrzysztOFF SKAin May

This unique altered book is a winter-themed black and white long comic strip on the continuous presence of death in human life and a short philosophical poem on how to be happy in a friendly relation with death. Text in Polish and English. KrysztOFF tells us, “alongside painting i think i always wrote so i started to illustrate my writings later also texts by other people for instance i have illustrated the spoon river anthology for myself still later came the time for mail art and anarchist-punk fanzines my writing texts grew and i wanted to publish a poetry book but a publisher wrote back that i must be living in a concentration camp if i wrote like this therefore i stick to making artist books greetings”

Artist Bio

KrzysztOFF SKAin May is the son of a Warsaw "bikiniarz" (a Polish equivalent of stilyaga*) who for many years did not want to know about it, but the blood and genes eventually did their work. He's a painter, graphic artist, poet, songwriter, theatre set designer, dramaturg, performer, musician, journalist, "utilitarian" graphic designer, and recently a MC -- all in all he's a true total artist, but consistently an off-artist. He does not feel at home in our time, and because of this he mis-dates his works. In the 1980s and 1990s he went back a thousand years, and now he would like to live in 207 c.e. *Stilyagi was a derogatory name for members of a youth counterculture from the late 1940s until the early 1960s in the Soviet Union.