Lives and works in Warsaw. Bartosz Kokosiński integrates deliberately a certain dysfunctionality in his abstract works and by doing so, he evolves his characteristic visual language which can only exist by assimilating fragments, breaks, negations or ostensible incompleteness.
Byusing the simplest tools and materials - predominantly paper and cardboard - Michal Budny creates formally restrained models not only of objects, places and situations, but also of phenomena which do not have a fixed material form, such as voice, memory, rain or a ray of sunlight. The meticulously constructed tiny objects and sculptures, as well as the monumental installation or site-specific works by Budny function as an echo of the reality and are at the same time a discreet story about transitoriness, the fading away of the contents with the paper, empty forms and shapes whose sense is difficult to decipher due to the passing of time and their removal in space. Because of the modesty of his material and the freehand nature of the constructions, these works seem to be especially close and homely. They give form and meaning to that which we would previously consider as empty space. In this sense, Budny's activities are a poetic interpretation of the architecture around us and the ways in which life fills it with meaning.
Karolina Kowalska (b. 1978, Kraków) studied animation at the Belgian Academy of Fine Arts-Hogeschool Gent in 2000 and graduated from the graphics department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków in 2002. She works in installation, sculpture, photography, animation, video and live performative concerts.
Oskar Dawicki was educated as a painter, but already during his studies he became interested in performance art, which he remained faithful to during the following years. In 2000, he broadened his scope of interest onto video works, photography, documentation and, finally, objects and installations. All of his works have a post-conceptual character and emanate a slightly grotesque, ironic and even absurd aura. Dawicki joins in his works a romantically-tragic component (highly saturated with his own existential dilemmas) with poetics and the critical dimension of conceptual art. The self-reflection over his own institutional status as a contemporary artist is tightly interwoven with reflection on his own identity, or rather on its transitoriness, conventionality, airiness and weakness. Discomfort, disagreement, complication - these are the terms on which this artist's imagination is founded, while the non-productivity of art
seems to Dawicki to be its most promising aspect.
Maria Loboda was born in 1979 in Krakow and currently lives London.
Marlena Kudlicka was born in Tomaszów Lubelski, in 1973. She lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Kudlicka's work follows in the tradition of constructivist and avant-garde art, where she also derives her sculptures from architecture. She says "In my work I refer to the peripheral areas of architecture, as well as to the construction process, but also to the 1970s in my native Poland, where, in a situation of constant systemic political change, temporariness and a lack of stability were a permanent part of architecture. Most often this was a result of improvisation and limited access to building materials; so this whole temporary architecture became a 'monument of errors.' In illegally erected buildings, construction elements that leaned on each other were balanced in accordance with the principle of counterpoint. Of course this was all inevitably predestined to be fragile, and this interested me the most. In what way does fragility activate a space? Does it play a primary or secondary role? Why are certain places felt to be weak points, or can fragility, perhaps, be seen as a temporary state between instability and scarcity on the one hand, and effectiveness and function on the other?" For Kudlicka fragility indicates a chance to reconsider the whole in relation to its history, the past and the present. Like incompleteness, fragility acts as a counterpoint and is crucial to making space complete.
Łukasz Sosiński – born in 1981 in Warsaw. He graduated from Intermedia at University of Arts in Poznań in 2010. He started his PHD at the same University in 2013. He lives and works in Warsaw. He has been collaborating with Wschód Gallery since 2015.
Janek Simon (b. 1977 Krakow, Poland) received degrees in Sociology and Psychology from Jagiellonian University. He is represented by Zak Gallery in Berlin. Janek Simon lives and works in Krakow, Poland.
Born in 1972 in Tarnow, Poland, Wilhelm Sasnal lives and works in Kraków. Primarily using painting and film, Sasnal engages with the contemporary crisis of representation from the particular vantage point of post-communist Poland, which was suddenly flooded with an endless stream of market-driven imagery from the West. In response to both his immediate surroundings and global visual culture at large, Sasnal depicts a diverse range of subjects, including portraits, landscapes, architecture, mass-produced objects and propagandist icons using a variety of stylistic approaches, as a means of reducing technique and genre to a level playing field. Influenced by music and history, Sasnal samples his subject matter from a range of sources both direct and mediated, thus creating a personal archive of imagery, at once autobiographical and suggestive of our elusive contemporary moment.
Born in 1967 in Warsaw, Poland, Goshka Macuga lives and works in London. Macuga’s practice encompasses a broad range of media, including installation, drawing, sculpture and photography. Using strategies borrowed from exhibition design, Macuga creates environments that establish a series of poetic correspondences between different objects, images and artists’ works as a means of re-contextualizing them and loosening the historical narratives and systems of classifications that shape their conventional readings. Often organized site-specifically, Macuga’s installations and exhibition projects are usually the result of an investigation into a particular location, individual or group.
Born in 1972 in Ryki, Poland, Monika Sosnowska lives and works in Warsaw. Sosnowska’s practice can be described as a form of anti-architecture. Her dysfunctional sculptures and site-specific installations reflect the aesthetics of our built environment, while doing away with architecture’s programmatic functionality – a move exemplified by Sosnowska’s repeated engagement with pavilions. Her pieces bare testimony to Modernism’s failed utopian project, but also derive sensuous pleasure and demonstrate a renewed fascination for architectural forms and construction materials. Often disorienting viewers or hampering their movements, Sosnowska’s works engage with the politics of space, questioning the ways in which its organization might shape our understanding of the world.
Zorka Wollny is a visual artist, born in 1980 in Poland. She iholds a PhD in Visual Arts from the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine
Arts in Cracow and is Junior Lecturer at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin (Stettin). Wollny’s works function at the boundary between the theatre and visual arts and are strictly related to architecture. She collaborates – in a director-like mode – with musicians, actors and dancers and with members of local communities.
Maciej Stepinski (b. 1972 Poland) photographer and video artist, graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles (2002). Stepinski currently lectures on contemporary photography in France and Poland, a doctoral student at the Faculty of Media Art and Stage Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. For over a decade, Maciej Stępiński has been consistently modifying his works by removing some of the elements that could distract attention from what is not the subject of the image. The regularity of the composition, usually marked by bilateral symmetry is an idea of nature totally dominated and controlled by man, popular in the era of enlightened absolutism. Formal legal despotism manifests itself in the creative process, which is a subject of strict control.
Alicja Kwade’s mixed-media works manipulate mental perceptions and physical experiences of how the body inhabits space and time. Kwade frequently uses imperfect doubling, mirror images, and repetition in her practice.Her common materials include items found in everyday life—like coins, metal pipes, mirrors, glass, lights, and bicycles—that she then distorts to create sensory illusions. The results, sometimes slouching or stretching, can appear anthropomorphic.
Gizela Mickiewicz (b. 1984) is a visual artist based in Warsaw. She creates sculptures, drawings, installations, and modifications of ready-made objects. She graduated from the Faculty of Art Education at the University of the Arts in Poznań (2007-2012) where she also studied painting (2006-2007). In 2009, she received an award in Samsung Art Master 7, a national art competition for the youngest generation of artists. In 2014, she took part in the artist-in-residence programme at the Gasworks Gallery in London. She also collaborates with the Stereo Gallery in Warsaw.
Tomek Baran (born 1985) is a graduate of the Painting Faculty at the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow. In his paintings, he uses industrial materials, sprays and lacquers, creating monochrome surfaces which at the same time reflect and distort the reality. He turns images into objects by stretching canvases on curvilinear frames. He excludes any mimesis or reference to the outside world, making the pure, abstract form the centre of his interest.
Paweł Eibel was born in 1985. Lives and works in Warsaw. Graduated from Warsaw University with a MA in Philosophy. Represented by Czułość Gallery. The silence, which image uses to speak, became the center part of Eibel's further artistic inquiries about the nature and ontology of the visual. He has chosen photography as the most vivid and extreme example of how the sense and the meaning glitter on the picture surface.
Katarzyna Przezwańska graduated from the Department of Painting at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her work reflects her interest in modernism in general, modernist utopia and the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. A crucial feature of her work is color and its perception with reference to spatial properties of architecture. Przezwańska’s artworks take a form of abstract, three-dimensional images, full of color inspired by the nearest urban surroundings.
Mateusz Choróbski was born in 1987 in central Poland. He received a bachelor's degree in photography from the University of Arts in Poznań and a master's degree in media arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He achieved further expertise in multimedia during the period between 2011 and 2013 thanks to the inter-university cooperation between his home institute and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. In his artistic undertakings, Mateusz Choróbski tests various ranges and scales of artistic expression: from short films to complex arrangements in gallery spaces, or contextual activities in public spaces. A significant aspect of his work is awareness of the relationship: picture viewer space, which is evident in the themes explored by him and influences the specific nature of his creativity.
Alicja Bielawska is a graduate of Art History at the University of Warsaw and also Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She has received scholarships from the Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2012), Startstipendium, Mondriaan Fonds (2012/13), Młoda Polska (2014) and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2014/2015). Alicja Bielawska participated in the European Exchange Academy in Beelitz, Germany (2008). In 2015 nominated for VIEWS 2015 – Deutsche Bank Award, co-organized by Zachęta – National Gallery of Art.
The oeuvre of Alicja Bielawska includes sculptures, installations, drawings and poetry. Although the objects she makes, usually from fabric, metal frames, wood or modeling clay, do resemble things from everyday life, Bielawska often interferes with their proportions and scale. She is interested in what happens to our memory after we are exposed to her work.
Her works can be found in the collection of the Podlasie Zachęta Society of Fine Arts, the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the collection of ING Polish Art Foundation, as well as in private collections in Poland and the Netherlands.
Born in 1972 in Gdańsk, she studied at the Academies of Fine Arts in Gdańsk and Warsaw and at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. In her work, she utilizes a variety of media such as painting, drawing, photography, film and ceramics in order to explore elusive links between various registers of knowledge from physics and philosophy to contemporary ecology and systems of cognition marginalized by modern science, such as alchemy, parapsychology, esotericism, native knowledge or matriarchal traditions. Her recent solo exhibitions include Ma Terra, Vera Munro, Hamburg (2015), It will all come easily with grace and joy, Marlborough Contemporary, London (2015), Ziemia rodzinna, Aleksander Bruno, Warsaw and Muzeum Współczesne Wrocław (2014) and Kobayashi Maru, Nanzuka, Tokyo (2014). Agnieszka Brzeżańska collaborates with Marlborough Contemporary in London, Nanzuka in Tokyo, Vera Munro in Hamburg and Kasia Michalski in Warsaw.
Iza Tarasewicz was born in 1981 and raised in Kolonia Koplany, Poland. She graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture and Performing Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland in 2008. Iza Tarasewicz is the winner of the “View 2015-Deutsche Bank Award”, the prize for young Polish art, regarded as Poland’s most important art prize. The exhibition was presented at Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw in 2015. In 2016, she will participate in at 32nd Sao Paulo Biennale, Brasil and at 11th Gwangju Biennale, Korea. Iza Tarasewicz’s works serve as temporary conduits for a meeting of substances, energies, locations, temporalities, intonations, and concepts, which the artist identifies as only events in a continuous series of material and symbolic interactions. In her work, basic and humble ingredients undergo complex transformations, often through processes borrowed from routines found in the daily bustle of village life. Her sculptural installations take the form of modular, flexible, mobile, and reconfigurable display systems that combine a raw and modest functionalism with formal logics found in the natural world, scientific experimentation, and graphs and diagrams—figures of thought and charts of relation that systematize knowledge and data and abstractly describe the interaction of phenomena.
Zuzanna Janin (born 1961) creates sculptures, photographic objects, drawings, and video and sound installations. In the years 1980-87, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and she now lives and works in the city.
Piotr Skiba - Born in 1980. Creates films, objects and installations. His projects often revolve around the themes of exclusion, racial intolerance, and social alienation. He is interested in using different identities and periphery aesthetics. Often in his realizations he uses found objects. Areas of interests found in Skiba’s practices include orthopedic orthosis, insoles, sports accessories, fragments of found street waste, which the artist attempts to define anew, destroying our accustomization to their function, weight, or transience. Since 2014 he has been working at the Szczecin Academy of Art in the Faculty of Painting and New Media. He lives and works in Wrocław.
Born in 1984, Gdańsk. Photographer, graphic designer, sculptor. Paweł Błęcki graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk where he majored in Photography, and Intermedia at the Multimedia Communication Faculty of the University of Arts in Poznań. He defended his diploma at professor Piotr Kurka’s Department of Intermedia Activities. He also took up studies in the area of archeology and cultural studies. His works have been shown on many exhibitions, among others, ‘Storm’, ShowOFF Section of the Photophy Month in Cracow 2014; Gdańsk Art Biennale, Gdańsk City Gallery, 2014; ‘State of matter’, Rotunda Gallery, Poznań, 2014; Urbild/Abbild, Lokal 30, Warsaw, 2013. Member of the artistic collective ‘The Empty Set’. In 2016 he joined the creative agency (Mindtravellers, Czech Republic). Founder of the multi-disciplinary design studio FALA. Currently lives and works in Warsaw.
Wojciech Bąkowski was born in 1979 Poznan, PL, lives and works in Warsaw, PL studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan.
His work has been shown (among others) in New Museum, New York (2009), Schmela Haus, Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2012), Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2013), Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2013). Apart of being visual artist, he is also a poet and a musician. Word, sound and image are Bąkowski’s basic vocabulary and in consequence occasionally become the content of his work. In 2015 he was awarded the Grand Prize the 61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. His films were presented at film festivals in Toronto, Vienna, Wrocław, Ann Arbour and on individual screening at Anthology Film Archives, NYC
He was born in 1975, Wroclaw. Olaf Brzeski’s practice is rooted in surrealist visions, which he puts into life via film, three-dimensional sculptures and installations. His comments about his own works do not so much mirror his personal interpretation, but narrate fictional stories, illustrated in the artworks or, in fact, made believable through the existence of the latter. This is the way in which Brzeski generates new worlds and their inhabitants.
She was born in 1977 in Piaseczno, Poland. Lives and works in Warsaw, Poland and Paris, France. The work of Marzena Nowak is created from memory and imagination, residing somewhere in the tension between autobiographical reference points and poetically immersed dream worlds. Her sensitivity to everyday occurrences and the relation to her own physicality often represent the thematic departure points for her artistic practice. Nowak’s works play with the forms of sensory perception and thematise the interplay between the monotony of everyday life and our wish to escape into imagination, all set in a social, historical context of the political changes of the 1980s.
The artistic group known as Azorro, or Supergroup Azorro, was established in 2001 before seemingly disbanding in 2010. It consisted of four artists from Kraków and Warsaw: Oskar Dawicki (b. 1971, performer), Igor Krenz (born. 1959 video artist and creator of artistic actions), Wojciech Niedzielko (b. 1959, photographer and video artist) and Łukasz Skąpski (b. 1958, sculptor, installation artist). Together, they created videos and artistic actions in which they also usually performed.
Piotr Łakomy is a visual artist and curator, born in 1983 in Gorzów Wielkopolski.Piotr Łakomy realizes works using the medium of painting, understood in a wide sense. He creates installations and objects and deals with artistic challenges in public space. He is also an independent curator and an author of publications.
Working in a variety of media, including painting, photomontage, and writing, Anna Ostoya uses history as a lens through which uncharted narratives can be explored, exploring the alternative or marginal elements of the past. Likewise she exploits photography’s simultaneous associations with past and present, hinting at both the futuristic, utopian hopes projected on the medium by the avant-garde at the beginning of the twentieth century, and its ability to conjure distant moments. Ostoya’s work often addresses the artistic practices and figures of the lesser-known Eastern European avant-gardes, often pairing imagery drawn from these movements with canonical examples from the West, disrupting familiar, streamlined narratives of the progression of modernist art.
Ostoya’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the Museum of Modern Art, the Power Plant in Toronto, Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
Ewa Juszkiewicz was born in 1984 in Gdansk, Poland. She lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. Works in the fields of painting, drawing, installation and animation. Her major area of interest is the image of women. She analyzes the canons of picturing women in the history of art, as well as their cultural and social implications. She works mostly in the field of portrait, creating hybrid characters by means of appropriation and remixing of historical artworks. Using deconstruction and references, she establishes a dialogue with the painting tradition, on the grounds of which she builds new contexts, narrations and formal solutions.
Her works are in the museum collections of Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Zacheta of Contemporary Art in Szczecin, National Museum in Gdańsk and Bielska Gallery BWA, Poland.
The painterly look of Bartek Materka is directed at the everyday visual adventures, but he especially concentrates on the deformations which the image of reality undergoes in our consciousness. Materka's works, which are usually created on the basis of photographs, are an analysis of the optical apparatus and the influences exerted on it by modern optic technologies and the methods of generating images (digital picture, television, microscopes, ASCII code). Another inspiration for the artist are the deformations of related to neurological disorders. Also predominant is the question of emotions from private life - the heroes of Materka's paintings are usually people from his closest milieu: his wife Joanna, son Tytus, female friends. Often these are exactly the emotions generated by the relations which find visualization in the paintings. This distorts both the paintings and images, overclouds them, makes them come apart and imposes one on top of the other, which, in turn, demands that different perspectives of perception and understanding be employed.
Zbigniew Rogalski is a painter, or rather a director of paintings, as he moves with great ease both in the regions of painting and photography, mixing them and taking advantage of both disciplines. Reflexes, after-images, film stills and photographs all overlap the image of reality, as if in a specially constructed optic machine which retains on the surface of the canvas the emotions and meanings which normally are no more permanent than a drawing on a steamed-up glass. A number of his works allude to the classic genres of painting, such as portrait or landscape. However, by interweaving different clichés and conventions of representation, Rogalski is led to surprisingly essential painterly solutions which make the tradition of this medium interesting again. He succeeds in restoring a visionary element in painting and does it in a very suggestive manner. The surface of the painting becomes for a short while a screen on which the obsessions, fear and revelations of our consciousness are being displayed. This is first and foremost the painting of imagination. It does allow for a non-reflective consumption of the visual world, but continuously leads us to the final and elusive matters. Sometimes it is beautiful, sometimes it is scary, but there are moments, as in the paintings from the "Death of Partisan" series, that these two emotions blend into one.
Mateusz Sadowski was born in 1984. Lives and works in Poznań, Poland. He studied at B.A. Photography (2007) and Intermedia M.A. (2010) graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. Currently he lectures at the Photography Department at the University of Arts in Poznan. Cooperates with Galeria Stereo.
Przemek Pyszczek was born in 1985, Poland. He has been living and working in Berlin since 2010. His sculptures, paintings and installations deal thematically and formally with the utopian aspects of Polish architecture in the post-communist era.
Gizela Mickiewicz was born in 1984. She is a visual artist based in Warsaw. She creates sculptures, drawings, installations, and modifications of ready-made objects. She graduated from the Faculty of Art Education at the University of the Arts in Poznań (2007-2012) where she also studied painting (2006-2007). In 2009, she received an award in Samsung Art Master 7, a national art competition for the youngest generation of artists. In 2014, she took part in the artist-in-residence programme at the Gasworks Gallery in London. She also collaborates with the Stereo Gallery in Warsaw.
Radek Szlaga was born in 1979 in Gliwice. Central to Szlaga’s work is an investigation of identity, and the boundary between its reality and simulation. His practice relies on both historical research and an introspective mining on his own memories and dreams. His principal media, painting , drawing, sculpture and installation, are customarily presented as an integrated body of work which establishes an associative interplay of mirroring and self-reference between the individual pieces. Szlaga describes his painterly approach as "a way of thinking" implying a constant re-thinking and "peeling off" of layers of tradition and history through the selective recycling of archived and found imagery, which he often literally "cuts and pastes" transferring fragments of one canvas onto another. In May 2007, he and Wojciech Bąkowski, Tomasz Mróz, Konrad Smoleński, Piotr Bosacki, Magdalena Starska, and Izabela Tarasewicz founded the Penerstwo art group
Honza Zamojski was born in 1981, lives and works in Poznan. Artist, designer, book publisher and also a curator who incorporates a wide array of media - from illustration, through sculptural drawings to infographics taken from the corporate world, and poetry as well. This mixed bag reflects perfectly the wide spectrum of his interests, rooted in a fundamentally utopian desire to order and understand the universe all around. Honza Zamojski creates narratives which, when considered from afar, build a universal, multilayered world based on a philosophy of agnosticism and the energy of the perpetuum mobile. Minimalist in form, rich in symbolism, his abstract compositions and figurative representations come together as a visual language that is governed by its own grammatical structure and format. What welds together some of these seemingly divergent elements is a sense of humor about the world and his own place within it.
Wojciech Gilewicz, born in 1974 in Bilgoraj, Poland. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan (1994-1996) and then in Warsaw, where in 1999 he earned a degree in painting (with an additional degree in photography). Lives and works in Warsaw and New York.
He is a painter, photographer, author of installations and videos. In his works, which usually combine all these disciplines, Gilewicz explores the blurring of distinctions between reality and its artistic representation. A frequent motif of his practice is the replacing of elements of the real world with their painterly replicas. Gilewicz’s paintings pretend to be fragments of walls, windowsills, pavements, and for an unaware viewer are utterly indistinguishable from the originals. Sometimes the artist ‘corrects reality’ by placing ‘patch’ paintings over dents or holes in a wall. The spectator is able to find the pieces, hidden in the urban tissue by the artist, with the help of specially prepared maps or films documenting the painting process. Gilewicz usually leaves the paintings for a long time in their public-space locations, deliberately exposing them to the effect of sunlight, rain, wind or the human factor. In his practice
Kasia Fudakowski was born in 1985. In her works with joke structures and comic theory that she translates into the construction of a sculpture. A joke can be understood as a passage from an initial understanding of a imagined situation to a different understanding, often quite the opposite one. The core of a joke exists in the shift of a contrast, where two positions are revealed in a moment of surprise, which is enhanced by subconsciously directing the expectations of the audience in the wrong direction. In Fudakowski’s works, this shift from one perception to another takes place in the tension between the material and the form and in how this tension influences us without us being aware of it.
The group, Krzysztofjastrubczakłukaszkaczmarek, consists of Łukasz Jastrubczak and Krzysztof Kaczmarek. Both artists mostly use video in their practice, seldom employing photography, which serves them primarily to document the extraordinary phenomena of the life of the group. Although the duo operates on the margins of each artist's solo careers, they have managed to create so many works that it recently became possible to mount a retrospective. The group was founded in 2010. Back then, Łukasz was living in Kraków, doing roughly the same he’s doing today while living in Szczecin, aside from having a son and teaching at the Academy. In those days, Krzysiek was studying in Vienna, also doing what he’s doing now, although today he’s more serious and he’s expecting the birth of his daughter. He has also been living in Warsaw for a few years now. While their individual careers are well known to me, I do not remember the circumstances of the group's foundation. I asked Łukasz and Krzysiek about it, but they cannot remember either.
Freelancer based in Krakow. Co-founder of the Kultura na Dworze Foundation, taking care of Jadwiga Wolska’s photographic archive. In his artistic work, he employs his education in social sciences. He moves between documentary and conceptual photography. Paweł Dudziak collaborates with Henryk Gallery in Krakow (Poland).
Paul Czerlitzki was born in Gdańsk in 1986, now he lives in Düsseldorf, where he graduated from the Staatliche Kunstakademie in 2014 as a master student of Katharina Grosse. From 2011 on, Czerlitzki has had several solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.
Anna Orłowska experiments with the processuality of photography, where her works are under constant transformation, with no opportunity for turning back to previous material stage. No simple narrations can be applied, as there is no access to past story. Only fragmentized elements are available in search for clarification, gaps cannot be filled, loss needs to be accepted. Here the tension between visible/available and invisible/lost occurs. The meaning can be rediscovered at each stage of the material transition. Orłowska brings back forgotten stories or even reveals these erased from the official historical narration. Demolished, forgotten, absent – objects can be excluded from the evidence, but can’t be erased from memory. We discover fading traces of the nuanced past of Silesia, artist’s region of origin.
Wojciech Puś was born in 1978, he is a creator of luminous installations, interactive objects, and films. His works are a simultaneous reference to the concept of cinematographics and to phenomena observed in nature. Graduate and lecturer in direction of photography at the Polish National Film School in Łódź. Represented by the LETO Gallery in Warsaw.
Natalia Janus-Malewska was born in 1991, Cracow. Currently resides in Stettin where she studied at the Academy of Art. In her work, the main theme is animals, more precisely human and other animalsShe is interested in science, philosophy and anthropology and the study of the tensions between them, which is an attempt to explore the interdisciplinary nature of the collective of humans and non-humans.In her work, tries to assume the role of a mediator who wants to reveal the fictitious dividing lines present in our culture. Looking for broadly defined boundaries of life, subjectivity and death in extreme areas in need of re-definition.
Marcin Dudek was born in Kracow and dividing his time between Brussels and London, Dudek focuses on the ‘anti-ready-made’, avoiding everything that is manufactured and calibrated and opting instead for simple, everyday materials. With this method he creates sculptures, installations and collages exploring the relationship between human beings and their natural environment.
Anna Barlik is an artist working in field of sculpture, installation, public art, photography and drawing. She received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in sculpture from Warsaw Fine Arts Academy in 2010 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in jewelry design from Łódz Fine Arts Academy in 2007. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Fine Arts at Warsaw Fine Arts Academy where she teaches in composition class. Her sculptural work is mostly inspired by dialogue between art and architecture, sense of living and local contexts and perception of space. She deals mainly with site-specific works which are intended for viewing in a particular space. Anna is living in her hometown Warsaw, Poland.
Izabella Bryzek was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1989. She received her Master's Degree in Painting with rector's honors from the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw in 2013. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in various spaces, that include: Tate Liverpool, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw (Laboratory Live), Galeria Promocyjna in Warsaw, Galeria Bardzo Biała in Warsaw, Galeria Działań in Warsaw, A19 Gallery in Warsaw, BWA Zielona Góra, Galeria Wozownia in Toruń, Polish Sculpture Center in Orońsko, Performer Art Centre in Żyrardów, National Stadium in Warsaw. She is the recipient of the 2014 Initiative Entry award for graduate students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
Mateusz Sarello was born in 1978 in Warsaw. A Graduate from the Academy of Photography in Warsaw. He is the author of the book “Swell”, which was chosen as a finalist in the Best Photography Book Award at the Pictures of the Year International in 2014, received 3rd Prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 and Honorable Mention in the Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2013-2014 at the European Month of Photography in Bratislava in 2014 and was chosen for “Best Books of 2013” list by Photo-Eye.
Krystian Truth Czaplicki
Krystian Truth Czaplicki was born in 1984 in Wroclaw, Poland. Lives in Wroclaw. Author of objects and site-specific interventions. Art objects created by Krystian Truth Czaplicki blur the limit between reality and abstraction, autonomous form of site specific installation, object trouve and a very intimate work. Truth is more interested in the process of constant change rather then stability and permanence. The artist investigates relationships between a piece of art, the site and the spectator. These are, simultanesly, very minute cadres, precisely selected spots there his interventions evoques phisical and visual provocations. He has participated in numerous projects in Poland and abroad: Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, The Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture / National Museum in Warsaw, Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, Vasarely Múzeum in Budapest and Dum Umeni Mesta Brna in Czech Republic. His work has appeared, among others, on the streets of Warsaw, London, Manchester, Bordeaux, Rome and Moscow. Since October 2014 he is involved in the residency at La Malterie in Lille.
Angelika Marjul was born in Poland in 1977. She lives and works in Paris. She is represented by Kewenig gallery in Cologne and Leto gallery in Warsaw. Since the early 2000s, Angelika Markul has been building up a body of dark and powerful work, mapping out humanity all the way to its furthest reaches. Time, memory, man and nature are guiding principles for the artist who focuses particularly on unusual and desolate landscapes. Her practice shifts between video, sculpture and installation, directing a gaze at once poetic and aesthetic on perilous or contentious situations.
Jagna Ciuchta was born in Poland. She is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Montreuil and Paris, France. Ciuchta's wide ranging protean practice is process based and deals with issues of display, art institution, representation, originality, archives and documentation relating to her own work, as well as collaborations, invitations, subcontracting other artists or even including their arts works. She is interested by the meaning of exhibition/exposition (as to strip, to be exposed to external effects) applied into the situation of being an artist.
Born in 1986. Lives and works in Cracow. In 2012 he has done MA diploma in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow..His experience includes individual and group exhibitions. He works mainly in the medium of painting, drawing and object, eagerly renouncing limits of the media. His works are often characterised by a limited choice of colour and devoid of narrative-making elements. They are largely dominated by features of abstract/minimalist art. The formal reduction of painting chiefly serves to stress the materiality of his pieces. It arises also from the artist’s fear of entanglement in extraneous subjects or of saying irrelevant things.
Adrian Kolerski collaborates with Henryk Gallery in Krakow (Poland).
Zuza Golińska was born in 1990 in Gdańsk. She is a young artist living and working in Warsaw, Poland. She often works with space by creating installations and site-specific projects. In her works, Zuza uses different media such as sculpting, painting and photography. In 2013, she received her Bachelor’s degree at Leon Tarasewicz and Paweł Susid’s Studio of Painting Space at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2015, she completed her Master's degree at the Department of Media Art at the Studio of Spacial Activites, led by Mirosław Bałka. Her Master thesis was supervised by Anda Rottenberg. Her installation entitled Run-Upwas presented in “Dom Słowa Polskiego” in Warsaw, Heiligenkreuzerhof in Vienna and Národni galerie in Prague. In 2014, Zuza became a finalist of the Hestia Artistic Journey Award and was awarded first prize in the Gdańsk Art Biennale. She took part in the Polish-Swedish project 'S-NOW' in Umeå during the inauguration of the European Capital of Culture and No Yawning #1 #2 #3 - a four-week long project by young artists and curators at the New Theatre in Warsaw. She was a recipient of the Achievements Scholarship given by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (2014). In 2015 she got nominated for the StartPoint Prize - a European award for young artists. In 2016, she was awarded a scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Currently, Zuza is working as an assistant of Mirosław Bałka at the Studio of Spacial Activities.
Michalina Bigaj was born in 1991, Katowice. In her art practice focusing on sculpture, video art, installation and photography, Michalina Bigaj explores the relationship between people and nature regarding the nature vs culture divide dominating in the Western school of thought. Instead of accentuating the differences, she seeks to draw “archetypical” analogies between one’s interaction with nature and art.
Kinga Nowak is a painter for whom the subconscious spirit is the greatest source of inspiration. Forgotten memories from childhood are revisited decades later and inform her work on a subliminal level. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Faculty of Painting in 2001. Studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in years 2000-2002. Since 2002, she has been working in the painting studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. In 2007, she worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts, London College of Communication, London UK. Attained PhD in 2007 and earned a habilitation in 2012. Lives and works in Krakow.
Daniel Koniusz was born in 1985 – audiovisual artist that lives and works in Poznań. He is currently working at the Univeristy of Arts in Poznań where he is the head of the Audiosfera department. He had several exhibitons in public cultural institutions – BWA Jelenia Góra, Galeria Miejska Arsenał, Museum of the Contemporary Art in Wrocław, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw.
Tymek Borowski (born 1984, lives in Warsaw) is a visual artist. Two main areas of his work are paintings (mainly semi-abstract portraits and „landscapes” depicting various material world phenomena) and experimental, narrative forms, such as videos, digital images and 3D animations. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at Professor Leon Tarasewicz’s studio (graduated in 2009). Between 2008 and 2012, he has been a cofounder of several art collectives, galleries and experimental design studio. He has received the VIEWS Deutsche Bank Foundation Audience Award (2013) and “Polityka” Passport Award (2016)
Zuzanna Czebatul was born in 1986, Miedzyszecz. She lives and works in Berlin. Czebatul works as a sculptor, producing her own materials, and creating works that merge the differentiation between commercial product and artistic production. Her work is influenced by the aesthetics of ancient sculptures, modern forms of display and presentation, as well as the club culture of the 1990s. She graduated from the Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main and at Hunter College, New York, as Fulbright Fellow. She is also a recipient of the 2015 SOMA Scholarship, Mexico City.
Mikołaj Moskal was born in 1985. He creates drawings and sculptures. He graduated from the Graphic Arts department (drawing studio diploma) of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and studied at Hochschule fur Gestaltung Offenbach am Main. He lives and works in Cracow, Poland. He has exhibited in many private galleries and institutions, among which: Galerie TIC, Brno; Starter Gallery, Warsaw; BWA Design, Wroclaw; Labirynt Gallery, Lublin; Dom Umenia, Bratislava; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow.
He was born in 1970 in Poznań. Studied drawing in the atelier of Jarosław Kozłowski and sculpture in the atelier of Jan Berdyszak at the State College of Fine Arts (PWSSP) in Poznań (1989-1994), majoring in sculpture and drawing in 1994. Conducting his research using quasi-scientific methods developed on the basis of physics, acoustics, optics.
Visual artist, works with painting, which she combines with objects and installations. She often refers to house spaces as well as urban aesthetics and architecture. She mixes various painting techniques and materials, such as plaster boards, enamels, and varnishes.
Graduate of the Faculty of Media Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2015 she was awarded an MA in The Painting’s Space Studio of Leon Tarasewicz and Paweł Susid. Participant of the first edition of Biennale de La Biche (2017) – the smallest contemporary art biennale in the world. Recipient of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship (2017). She lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.
Jarema Drogowski was born in 1984 in Warsaw. Conceptual artist. Uses a variety of mediums to build the expression. Presents his works both in gallery and urban space. In contradiction to many artists, he doesn't think with a single medium, but that makes his art extremely comprehensive. His art never emerges as an effect of work with a particular mean of expression, technique is always adjusted to the idea, not the other way round. The viral project "Whisper Mark" has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2011. It aims to introduce a use of a new punctuation mark – the whisper mark. Currently teaches at the Institute of Art Education at the Academy of Special Education Grzegorzewska. In 2012 he received his PhD in fine arts at his native Academy in Warsaw. Laureate of the scholarship of the Ministry of Arts and National Heritage "Young Poland". His works could be found in collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Warsaw and the CCA collection of conceptual art Aron and Barbara Levine's in USA.
Agata Ingarden’s artwork stems from a fascination with the industrial materials and machinery she encountered at construction sites, a place she frequently visited with her architect father as a child in post-communist Poland. Informed by these experiences, Ingarden’s installation, sculpture and video works both investigate the space where the systems surrounding us, both social and manufactured, collide with nature, and explore the relationship between humans and their inventions. Employing organic materials as a means to challenge this complex relationship, Ingarden’s work attempts to reconcile human and non-human elements, creating coherent environments where our inventions, technology and organic processes are interdependent.
Cezary Poniatowski was born in 1987. He is a graduate of the Graphics Faculty at the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw. He is also a laureate of the 11th Geppert Competition. He works in painting and graphics in parallel, balancing on the edge of figuration and abstraction.
Poniatowski’s style is synthetic and brief, despite the ornamental form and the suggestion of a narrative. In his pictures, characters and accessories of the post-apocalyptic world emerge from black, white and grey shapes, keeping a kind of dark humour. His language seems related to the new formalism; still, features of street art or comic strips are present.
Karolina Halatek studied Design for Performance at the University of the Arts London, Great Britain, Fine Arts at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany and Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw / Poland. During studies in Berlin, she participated in workshops at the Institut für Raumexperimente run by Olafur Eliasson. Using light as the central medium in her work, Karolina Halatek creates experiential site-specific spaces that incorporate visual, architectural and sculptural elements. Seeing her work primarily as a catalyst for experience, Karolina creates installations that have strong experiential and immersive characteristics, often the result of collaborations with quantum physicists, founders of the superstring theory (Leonard Susskind, Roger Penrose) and precision mechanical engineers. Karolina is interested in experiences that extend to the edge of human knowledge, seeking a visual language to evoke feelings and emotions of virtually unknown phenomena.
The main motif of her paintings is a natural world, with the main inspiration being the complexity of natural and physical phenomena. Karpińska’s method could be called flatten-and-cut, as it consists of a selection of detail (often abstracted from a historical painting), working on it at a formal and intellectual level. The process results in a painting with the characteristics of a rebus, a visual puzzle. Her paintings blur the boundary between looking, watching and reading. On one hand, her works function at a level of reception associated with the psychology of vision and knowledge of the history of Western European paintings, while on the other hand the artist tries to go back to the basics of forming images, referring to perception through a prism of pure visuality.
Olga Dziubak was born in 1991. She lives and works Belfast UK and Warsaw PL. Her artist practise is included painting, performance, multimedia and activism. She is explored political problems and their impact on the individual human experience. Thematic interests include: camouflage, military, pop culture, physical and emotional gestures, shame and transgressions. She often uses visual archives to draw out facts, ideas, and images, relating these to contemporary issues. Currently Olga analyse the colour purple in the context of socio-political history, feminism and queer theory. Olga Dziubak graduated in Multimedia Art at the Academy of Arts in Szczecin and Painting at the University of Fine Arts in Poznan. In 2017 she worked in Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast. Member of Bbeyond Belfast and Consorcio of Post Artistic Practices.
Norbert Delman was born in 1989 in Warsaw where he lives and works. Graduated Academy of Fine Art Warsaw in Mirosław Bałka studio 2009-2014, studied Fine Arts in University College Falmouth 2010 (UK), graduated with honors from art High School. Young, multidisciplinary artist. Norbert works in several medias (video, sculpture, installations, performance). This indecisiveness, however it is apparent, because the overriding value of his work is an attempt to illustrate the anxieties and tensions, which he experiences and which is experienced by his peers. He is also an experimenting curator, co-founder of Stroboskop art space in Warsaw.
Ula Lucińska (1992) - Michał Knychaus (1987). The practice of working together has led them to create an Inside Job duo. Mashing up different backgrounds and personal skills seems to them as an essential attribute of their projects. Working as a duo emphasizes the needs of collective aspects of contemporary artistic practices, which they think, should be focused on cooperation. In that case gender, age, class and other personal data linked with so called “single player” are becoming of secondary importance to the practice itself. They find working as a collective as a counter value to the structures of promoting only individuals. Cooperation stands against overwhelming deadly race of contemporaneity. In the same time, it also reflects the strategies incorporated by the group subjects of modern, digitally oriented world.
Katarzyna Kozyra was born in Warsaw in 1963, a sculptor, photographer, performance artist, filmmaker, author of video installations and artistic actions, graduate of the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. For years Kozyra’s art has been moving the public opinion, often sparking polemics. The artist consistently questions stereotypes and subjects socio-political discourses to critical revision. She explores the area of cultural taboos and clichéd behaviors embedded in our everyday life. Although Kozyra is classified as a new media artist, her use of multiple techniques makes an attempt to label her art difficult. In 2012 she established Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation. What sets the Foundation apart from the other foundations engaging in modern art its focus on the support of women in their activities in the field of culture and art, while undertaking projects having great impact on society and art.
Agnieszka Mastalerz was born in 1991 in Łódź. While working mainly with video, installation, and performance, she focuses on mechanisms of control and processes influencing and exploiting an individual. She uses her poetic visual language to analyse restrictive rules established within intimate relationships, communities, states, or companies, and towards the natural environment.
Hubert Czerepok was born in 1973. He is a central figure of the new Polish critical minimalist art, the author of installations, objects and films. He studied at University of Fine Arts in Poznań, at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and at Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp. In his works, Hubert Czerepok takes up the subject of human condition, the nature of evil, oppression, history as a construct, a conglomeration of facts and fiction as well as civilisation and its achievements as a conglomerate of science, faith, magic, and unexplained paranormal events. Critical approach and a sense of humour are usually seen in his pieces. The artist often uses facts in a perverse and non-obvious way. He mixes them with fiction, creating paradocuments and tracking conspiracy theories as well as alternative history paths.
Alexandra Liput (born 1989) - visual artist specialising in painting, soft sculpture, objects and installations. Her work explores themes around anxiety, inherited traumas, broadly conceived spirituality, as well as magic and magical objects. She’s a doctoral candidate and teaching associate in the Experimental Textiles studio at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, and co-founder of the Warsaw-based curatorial duo Dzidy. Among others, her works have been displayed at Labirynt Gallery in Lublin, Arsenal Gallery in Poznan, and Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw. Finalist of the Coming Out best Arts Diplomas exhibition in Warsaw in 2017.
Dominika Olszowy's practice is located on the crossroads of various media – including video, performance, installation and a unique mix of truth and fabrication. Olszowy creates works, which she sometimes treats as amulets that swearing and tame reality in crisis. In her works she’s often based on personal experience, however, processes them in a universal, full of subtle humor statements about the human condition and time. Founder of ephemeral Sandra Art Gallery (since 2008), co-founder of a hip hop group Cipedrapskuad and a moped gang Horsefuckers M. C. Apart from her individual practice, Olszowy often collaborates with theatre directors creating set design.
Aleksandra Wałaszek is an interdisciplinary artist and writer, born in 1987 to a family of artists. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Wrocław, Poland (MFA in 2011) during which she also attended École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, France (2009-2010) and Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA (2010). She has received several awards and stipends including the President of Wrocław City Scholarship in the Field of Culture and the Arts for outstanding achievements. In 2016 she was a Nominee in Visual Arts category for Gazeta Wyborcza WARTO Award. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at various venues in Europe, USA, Africa and Australia, including the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Wrocław Contemporary Museum, during the 15th International Film Festival T-Mobile New Horizons,16th WRO Media Art Biennale among others. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the Centre for Creative Activities in Ustka, Poland; AIR Wro in San Sebastián / Donostia, Spain; Paradise AIR in Matsudo, Japan; Hidden Places in Görlitz, Germany. Wałaszek tends to focus on subjects such as: identity, memory, history and the meaning of a place and space as well as the language. Her work has involved the creation of conceptually based objects, photography and installations as well as performances. Being a foreigner has become a source of great inspiration to Wałaszek, who is currently celebrating the mobility as a way of living
Agata Ingarden (b. 1994, Kracow) lives and works in Paris. Her practice is driven by material research as well as investigations in post-humanities, science fiction and mythical narratives. She works with multiple media including installation, sculpture and video. She studied at ENSBA Paris (2018) and The Cooper Union, New York (2016). She has exhibited in Europe and United States in group exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Frac Île-de-France, Le Plateau, Paris; Mo.Co, Montpellier Contemporain; Silesian Museum, Katowice; Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna; NKV, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden.
Jan Domicz (b. 1990, born in Opole PL) is a visual artist and curator. His works use narrative potential of space. He is a head of Video Studio at Academy of Photography in Warsaw. Runs curatorial project „Office for Narrated Spaces” since 2017. He graduated Städelschule Frankfurt am Main and University of Arts in Poznań. Domicz is represented by Wschód Gallery, lives and works in Warsaw PL.
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė
Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT) are an artist duo based in Basel (CH). Both are 2012 graduates of the Royal College of Art in London. Their work spans performance, installation, fragrance, sculpture, drawing, photography and video. They are the founders of YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP (2013–) and co-initiators of its online archive. Gawęda and Kulbokaitė are among the finalists of the Swiss Art Awards 2021. The duo are represented by Amanda Wilkinson Gallery in London and Lucas Hirsch Gallery in Düsseldorf and are the current artists in residence at Alserkal Arts Foundation in Dubai.