about

Karolina Żyniewicz

2018 – start of PhD study at the University of Warsaw, Nature-Culture Programme, Artes Liberales Faculty

2009 – graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, Department of Visual Arts

Selected solo exhibitions:

2014 – Hiperphobium, Lamelii Gallery, Kraków

2013 – Quarantine, Wozownia Gallery, Toruń

2012 – Private life of life, Baszta Gallery, Zbąszyń

2011 – Fear of darkness, BWA, Katowice

            Curiosities, Art Agenda Nova, Kraków

2010 – Spielsache, Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków

2009 – Homo ludens, Fabrystrefa Gallery, Łódź

Living exhibitions and bio – sociological experiments:

2019 – Non-human culture producers, Mexico City

2017 – Art&science. Art as a research method (workshop with biologists), The Station of Hydrobiology, Pilchy

            Exercises from post nature (workshop), Festival of Abstract Thought, Housing Jazdów, Warsaw

2016 – Similarity of differences, Ruhnu Island, Estonia

             Symbiosis – Festival Experiment, Zbąszyń

             From life to death and back, bio – aesthetic experiment, Copernicus Science Centre

2015 – Second life, Ethnographic Museum, Zbąszyń

            Pandemic of happiness, Housing Jazdów, Warsaw

            The matter of transgression, Male Prison, Rawicz

2014 – Delectatio morosa, Miłość Gallery, Toruń

Selected group exhibitions:

2019 – Beyond borders. Processed Body – Expanded Brain – Distributed Agency, CSW Łaźnia, Gdańsk

2017 – Pernicius predilection, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin

2016 – Rocky Landscape, Contemorary Art Center, Vilnius

            Rocky Landscape, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Kraków

            Temptation of immortality, Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw

            The in-human time, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Opole

2015 – Flow:Fallout skies/bad weather, Mona Inner Spaces, Poznań

2014 – LOCAL, The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland

            inSpirations/Xtreme, 13 muses, Szczecin

            Cake and blood, Two Left Hands Gallery, Katowice

2013 – Exteritories, urban space, Toruń

2012 – The limit of sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

            Grating of the gums on a meniscus, Cellar Gallery, Kraków

            On strange feeling, Zderzak Gallery, Kraków

            Organic, Cellar Gallery, Kraków

Art&research residencies:

2019 – Mexico City, Mexico (January – April/September – November)

2017 – Cultivamos Cultura, Lisbon, Portugal

2015 – Biophilia, Ayatana Artist Research Program, Quebeck, Canada

2014 – LOCIS, The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland

Participation in interdisciplinary conferences and festivals:

2019 – FEMeeting. Women in art, science and technology, Lisbon, Portugal

2018 – Taboo, Transgression, Transcendence in art&science, Mexico City

             Why do we need posthumanism?, Poznan, Poland

             Hybrid Labs, Helsinki, Finland

             FEMeeting. Women in art, science and technology, Lisbon, Portugal

2017 – Taboo, Transgression, Transcendence in art&science, Corfu, Greece

             Cutting of Bodies. Moving images, Institute of Polish Culture, Warsaw

2016 – Open Fields Festival, Riga

2015 – A fe! Social and cultural contexts of disgust and abomination, University of Social Sciences and Humanities

            Przemiany Festival: The designers of Anthropocene, Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw

Statement

From many different definitions of art I’ve choosen one: art is a way to perceive the world; it is a cognitive attitude. Creation, in my opinion, is based on staging research situations linked with crucial problems of modernity. Art should pose questions, while getting the answers requires direct contact with the audience. I use the word Life in a very broad meaning. In my opinion, life as a topic contains everything important and interesting. The crucial element of life lies in its biological aspect. That is the reason why I decided to make biology the background of my artistic practices. Creating in a laboratory is what makes my works belong in the field of bio art. Biological art is critical, it touches important contemporary issues such as: the approach of modern people to biological aspects of their life, the social attitude to cutting-edge biotechnology and biomedicine. One of the tasks of bio art is, in my opinion, constituting a communication platform between the world of science and the society.

In all my artistic activities I touch the topic of boundaries. These are borders of a body (not only human body), borders between nature and culture, but also between nature and post-nature (meaning the laboratory world).

older projects: https://artdycyna.blogspot.com/