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Art tribute to murdered Angelika

Angelika Kluk
The installation includes a poem about Ms Kluk

An international art festival is to show a controversial work inspired by the murder of Polish student Angelika Kluk.

Polish artist Wilhelm Sasnal describes his work as an "elegy" for Ms Kluk, whose body was discovered underneath a Glasgow church in 2006.

It features a film of the naked female lead singer of a punk band performing a song about Ms Kluk.

The work has been commissioned for the Glasgow International (Gi) festival.

Entitled The Other Church, it will be installed early next month.

'Not helpful'

The Gi website describes Sasnal as "one of the most exciting young painters and film makers in the art world today".

He uses artefacts and images from news coverage - such as a suicide bomber's belt and a photograph of the Thai air crash in which 91 people died - in his work.

Ms Kluk, 23, was found murdered under floorboards at St Patrick's church in the Anderston area of Glasgow.

Scene from The Other Church
A punk band also perform as part of The Other Church

She had been living at the church while working to help fund her studies in Gdansk.

Festival director Francis McKee said Sasnal's short 16mm film "represents the vulnerability of Angelika Kluk as a young immigrant finding herself in a predatory situation".

Mr McKee added: "Sasnal emphasises her trusting and open nature and implies that others took advantage of her basic honesty."

But Canon Robert Hill, who has been the priest at St Patrick's since it re-opened last August, told a Sunday newspaper: "My first reaction is to wonder how helpful this will be for this community to move forward, or for Angelika's family. I doubt it will be helpful at all."




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