Devil's Rib - PhMuseum

Devil's Rib

Mateusz Kowalik

2019 - 2020

40 years ago an escape into Polish wilderness was usually because of being an outlaw, a dissident of the communist regime, or an adventurer. Today, the fatigue of modern life and fears of humanity collapse push humans towards living life closer to nature. Lifestyle diseases might soon wake up this primal call of nature on a broad scale which will push people again towards the wilderness. Numerous medical and psychological studies confirm that a lifestyle including elements of primal life has got a positive influence on our wellbeing.

However, I never believed in the myth of an idyllic life close to nature. The body and soul also need solid relief there, as each of us is sometimes tempted by the darkness, regardless of the latitude. The “only” difference is that instead of drinking a whiskey from a supermarket, you take a bath in a solution made of a Devil’s Rib* plant collected in a nearby forest. The balance is also preserved and carefree moments are intertwined with the dark side of reality.

*Cabbage Thistle (Devil's Rib) — a plant species of the Asteraceae family. It contains many biologically active substances. They have a strong detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and strengthening effect. (The bath with the addition of brew made of Devil’s Rib regenerates, strengthens, and adds energy.) Its leaves resemble ribs.

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