pozdrowienia z alei jerozolimskich
english/polski


Joanna Rajkowska

I work in public space. My projects are usually set in places that are burdened with past traumas, of where social or ethnic antagonisms are present. I do not try to achieve consensus, do not solve conflicts. I understand my work as creating a space where these tensions can actually manifest themselves.

My projects are born through collaboration with people. In the events I create, the key elements are those of fiction and holiday, of putting reality into brackets through small interventions in the existing context, exchanging/adding new elements or naming/renaming them. I force the viewer to relate to change, to build a new emotional relationship, to situate themselves in a new, changed landscape.

Interventions change our relationships towards places, and change relations between people - making them aware differences/similarities, generating emotions, sometimes provoking conflicts. But communication, exchange of information, is not the purpose of my work. My intention is to induce such a mental state in people in which they do not have to do anything but sleep or breathe together. I do not attempt to bring people closer, I merely want them to relate to each other. To meet each other, to accept the simple fact that we are next to each other in the same space.

I studied with Jerzy Nowosielski, painter, mystic, and expert in Orthodox Christian theology. Professor often said that in order to paint an object well you had to become that object, identify with it. Behind those words was the long tradition of icon painting, a tradition in which the object is not represented by painting, but is present through it.

Thus painting became for me the experience of a living, intense contact with reality, a means of communication. Transposed into the sphere of interpersonal relations, the experience became an incentive to create situations and events in which the most important element is an intense, non-verbal relation between individuals.


fot. Bogdan Krężel


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Joanna Rajkowska

Born in 1968 in Bydgoszcz, Poland

www.rajkowska.com


EDUCATION

MFA in Painting, Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, 1988 - 1993
MA in Art History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 1987 - 1992
Studio Semester Program, State University of N.Y., New York, 1994 - 1995

ONE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2007 Oxygenator, public project, Grzybowski Square, Warsaw, Poland
Oxygenate Yourself, Nizio Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2006 Umea Volcano, Verkligheten Gallery, Umea, Sweden
Leave it, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
2005 Twenty-Two Tasks, Program Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2004 Only Love, [public project], Warsaw, Poland
2003 Formal Promise. Artist For Rent, Mullerdechiara Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2002 Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue, [public project], Warsaw, Poland
My Great-Grandmother Rosa Stern, (Photofestival), Skulpturen Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 Stockholm International Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
The Diary of Dreams, XX1 Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2000 Satisfaction Guaranteed, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Satisfaction Guaranteed, AMS - Outdoor Gallery, 400 billboards all over Poland
1999 On Saturday I Eat Sweets and I Masturbate, Open Gallery, Krakow, Poland
Things I Do In the Evenings, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland
1998 Menu of Desires, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Krakow, Poland
Starmach Gallery, Krakow, Poland
The Love of a Man Named Dog, Contemporary Art Gallery Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland
It Was Not Me, Kronika Gallery, Bytom, Poland
1997 Midget House, Biala Gallery, Lublin, Poland
Lobster Lovers, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, USA
1996 Trio for Skin, Voice and the Madman, Bucklein Theatre, Krakow, Poland
Indispositions. Principles of Internal Medicine, Prowincjonalna Gallery, Slubice, Poland
Water-Tower. Headache, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
1995 No Sign of Dying Soon. The Past - the Physical Presence, State University of NY, NYC, USA
Irritation, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow, Poland
1994 Fluids, Zderzak Gallery, Krakow, Poland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007 Open House, IASPIS Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
The 11th Prague Quadrienalle 2007, Prague, Czech Republic
The Memory of this Moment from the Distance of Years, the former Schindler`s Factory, Kraków,
Poland
2006 Paris Is Burning, Laurin Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Architecture intimate/Architecture abandoned, Kronika Gallery, Bytom, Poland
Prozna Street 2006, Shalom Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
In Poland, That Is Where?,
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Southeast Passages,
Palazzo Massari PAC, Ferrara, Italy
Leave It (upcoming),
Centre for Contemporary Art., Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
2005 Spectator T,
Art Sheffield 05, Sheffield Contemporary Art Forum, UK
Egocentric, Immoral, Outmoded. Contemporary Images of Artists, Z
acheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw,
Poland
We will make it somehow / Elections A.D. 2005,
Piotr Nowicki Gallery, Warszawa Poland
Site-ations 2005,
Cardiff, UK
Culture Time,
Arsenał Gallery, Poznań, Poland
Horizon of Collisions,
Art Poznań 2005, Poznań, Poland
How to Talk about Contemporary Art?,
Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, Poland
Culture Time, Arsenał Gallery, Poznań, Poland
Horizon of Collisions, Art Poznań 2005, Poznań, Poland
How to Talk about Contemporary Art?, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, Poland
2004 Continental Breakfast, 45th October Salon, Belgrade Cultural Center
Lodz Biennale, Lodz, Poland
Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Memoirs of a Time of Immaturity, Passage de Retz, Paris, France
White Mazur, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
2003 Operation Mice, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
Logo! No Logo?, Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen, Brugge, Belgium
White Mazur, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
Stockholm International Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Open House, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Really. The Young Are Realists. Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland
Global Priority, Jamaica Arts Center, Nowy Jork, USA
Semiotic Landscape, Charim Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Ostensiv-Moscow, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia
Oder-Sprung, Kunsthalle Essen, Germany
Poland, Academia Theater, Warsaw, Poland
2001 In Freiheit endlich, Polnische Kunst nach 1989, Krolikarnia, Warsaw, Poland
Slubice-Krakow, Prowincjonalna Gallery, Slubice, Poland
The Last Woman, Inner Spaces Gallery, Poznan,Poland
Ostensiv, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig, Germany
Irreligia, Muzeum Atelier 340, Brussels, Belgium
Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2000 Scena 2000, Centre for Contemporary Art., Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
In Freiheit endlich, Polnische Kunst nach 1989, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
Postindustrial Sorrow, Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany
1999 Blue Fire, 3rd Biennial Praque, Young Artists from Central Europe, Praque, Czech Republic
1998 Fragment of Collection 3, Zacheta, Warsaw, Poland
1997 Re-Bates, The L.C.Bates Museum, Hinckley, USA
1996 Art in Poland, New Directions, UB Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
Sensitive, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, Poland
Solvay, Blok A/D, L'Atelier Gallery, Krakow, POland
1995 Unter Einem Dach, Podewil, Berlin, Germany
1994 Let Me Wash Your Hands, Sauce Place, New York, USA

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2006 The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship
IASPIS grant and residency, Umea, Sweden
2001 The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship
1998 The Civitella Ranieri Fellowship
1997 The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship
1996 The ArtsLink Partnership, Buffalo, USA
President's Award of the City of Krakow, Krakow