During my residency I would like to work on the subject concerning the social space which in this case would be the Berlin’s Ubahn network. To me the U-bahn is the most urban symbol of the city, it’s its veins and pulse. I’m interested in the history of each station’s design and how they evolved and changed throughout the history and during the war. I like how all the station names are written in diﬀerent fonts, how the tiles are in diﬀerent colors, sometimes resembling a hospital, sometimes a bathroom etc. In my work I’d like to capture its visual ambiguity and conduct a research about its history (also the visual one and learn about the stations which are closed and out of use). I think that U-bahn provides rich material for story-telling, a matter I’m often working with in my artistic practice. As an outcome of my residency, I would create a cycle of drawings (about 20 probably in diﬀerent dimensions) and a video, both dealing with the subject described above.
My artistic work explores the relation between textual and visual messages. Through creating visual narrations I examine the extends and limits of language and image; write/say what I cannot depict visually and depict what I cannot describe with words. My work is also about storytelling. Through a strategy of experimentation and working with varied techniques I’m mostly inspired by simple, ordinary views and occurences which I approach in a very analytical way and thus deform what was the starting point. Detail is very important to me.
The subject I’m recently interested in and which I incorporate in my artistic practice is the power of illusion and the role of scenography in creating a fantasy. Although my PhD dissertation, which I’m currently working on, oscillates around deconstructing the fantasy created by scenography in the movies, I don’t necessarily equal scenography only with ﬁlm settings, but with everything that can be considered a setting. Even a painting can be in fact a background to whatever is happening in front of it.
I’ve always been interested in places and spaces that try to tell me a story and all I have to do is complete the plot.
b. 1986, Poland
Assistant at Dominik Lejman’s Painting Studio at the University of Arts in Poznan PhD student at the Faculty of Multimedia Communication, University of Arts, Poznan
MA Fineart, Painting, University of Arts in Poznan, 2008-12
MA Fineart, Artistic Education, Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, 2005-10
Polnische Wirtschaft (with Piotr Macha), Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan
Needed, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan (with Daria Malicka)
Utopia Inc., Silownia Gallery, Poznan
Salted Candy, Nowa Gallery, Poznan, (collaboration with Piotr Macha)
Blindness, 2B Gallery, Poznan
Quand les hiens ont peur, ils mordent, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Lyon
Group exhibitions (selected)
Everything Might Come, but Doesn’t Have to Go, Up Gallery, Berlin
Who Mentions Art, Buys a Round, Nowe miejsce, Warsaw
The Kiosk, Angaryds Kiosken, Tranas, Sweden
Begegnung der Bilder, ASP, Gdansk
Maczużnik, Galeria Szara Kamienica, Krakow
Anthropology of Geometry – CSW Znaki Czasu, Torun
Job in Progress, UP Gallery, Berlin
Minimalism as a Crime Scene – CK Zamek, Poznan
LoveAidsRiotSex, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin
Mom, I Really Need to Focus on My Art Right Now, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan
Impossibility vs. Self-censorship, Center for Contemporary Creation Matadero Madrid
AAAkupunktura, Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw
North East South West, Synagogue, Poznan
Survival 9, Art Review, Wroclaw
Walter Koschatzky Kunstpreis, MUMOK, Vienna
Border, public space intervention, Miroslaw Balka’s studio
Interior, Fundacja Zielona Marchewka, Warsaw
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