Project Room 2021/2022
Exhibitions of emerging Polish artists in 2021 and 2022
Exhibitions of work by Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk, Maciej Rauch, Antonina Konopelska, Natalia Kopytko, Malwina Migacz and the Młodzi Zdolni Seksowni collective will be presented at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art as part of the 2021/2022 Project Room series.
This is the tenth edition of the programme aimed at young artists, who are given the chance to organize an individual exhibition at one of the most important contemporary art institutions in Poland.
The artists were selected from among 217 applicants who responded to the open call. The selection was made by a jury composed of: Krystyna Różańska-Gorgolewska, curator at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (jury chair); Rafał Łubowski, professor at the University of Arts in Poznań; Grzegorz Wnęk, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakòw; Stanisław Brach, professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
Selected artists were invited to prepare individual exhibitions. Each of them will receive PLN 17,000 for the production of new work and its display in the Project Room space, as well as the institution’s support in the production and promotion of the show.
The series will be inaugurated on 7 October by the exhibition of work by Maciej Rauch, a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (2012). He is a painter, graphic designer, author of installations, animations, music videos and experimental music. He works in the field of magic realism presenting real characters within fairy-tale, mythical, and fantastical worlds, often using pop culture and music video references. To date, Rauch has already had a number of solo and group exhibitions.
Antonina Konopelska is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, (PhD in the field of fine art and conservation) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (MA in Audiovisual Space). Lecturer at the Composition of planes and solids Studio at the Faculty of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In her work on multimedia projects, she uses media such as photography, video, performance, and objects. She also works with graphic design. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Poland and abroad. She is a laureate of numerous awards, including the prize of the Minister of Foreign Affairs — Jerzy Warchałowski. (2014). In 2013, she received a scholarship from the Minister of Science and Higher Education for outstanding artistic achievements.
Natalia Kopytko is a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, where in 2019 she obtained a PhD in art. In her sculptures and installations, she addresses problems of exclusion and loneliness. She participated in dozens of group and solo exhibitions, residencies (Obey or not to Obey in Luxembourg), competitions, festivals, conferences, symposiums (Wood Sculpture Symposium in Muğli, Turkey). She received a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and Art from the “Young Poland” programme to design and publish the album Łysa Góra. People and ceramics and the Creative Scholarship of the City of Kraków. She is the author of many articles and publications, and has also worked on the production of scenography for theatre performances and films.
Malwina Migacz graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2013) and the Royal Danish Academy of Arts (2014). She is interested in interpersonal relations and human relations with nature, as well as their shape within political, cultural and social systems. In her work, she draws on Western culture as well as the legacy of the Soviet Union. She uses various techniques and materials and also works with performance and sound art. Horses are a frequent theme in her work — a symbol of the wild, freedom, and nature.
- MZS — Młodzi Zdolni Seksowni [Young Talented Sexy] is a Student Art Collective established at the start of 2018 in Poznań. It is a group of young artists working in a gallery they called Piec and characterized by independence, individuality and artistic freedom. The members share common passions and an inclination to convey something important. It includes:
- · Allen Mack — born in Poznań in 2001. From 2020, a student of painting at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Faculty of Painting and Drawing at the University of Arts in Poznań. His takes his inspirations from reality — situations that he’d experienced himself.
- · Anna Kossyk — born in Zabrze in 1998. From 2018, a student of Scenography and Fashion Design at the Faculty of Interior Architecture and Scenography at the University of Arts in Poznań. She believes that the language of creative intuition consists in the image, i.e., the sum of images, fragments, and relationships between them.
- · Magda Sokołowska — born in Poznań in 1996. From 2017, a student of painting at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. In her work, jokes, the idea of existence being an illusion, and the perfection of form are of great importance.
- · Amadeusz Robaszkiewicz — born in Poznań in 1995. From 2016, a painting student at the Faculty of Drawing and Painting of the University of Arts in Poznań, where in 2019 he obtained a bachelor’s degree in painting. He focuses on installations and painting and is fascinated by the architecture of tenement houses in Poznań.
- · Julia Olszewska — born in Poznań in 2001. From 2020, a student of graphic design at the Faculty of Graphics and Visual Communication at the University of Arts in Poznań. She draws inspiration from current events, celebrities, film, and photography.
- Wojciech Ireneusz Sobczyk is a graduate of graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (PhD). He works with sculpture, installation, animation, music, and graphic arts. He often takes up themes drawn from ancient art and symbolism and uses archaic techniques and iconography. Sobczyk returns to fundamental questions about human nature, the existence of good and evil, and the essence of art and beauty. He participated in exhibitions in Poland and abroad (Italy, Switzerland, Turkey) and is the laureate of many awards, including the 3rd prize at I. Biennale Saint Vincent European Art SVEART and the Creative Scholarship of the City of Kraków.
- Following the end of all exhibitions, the jury will select the most interesting show, the author of which will receive an additional net award of PLN 20,000. The audience will also choose their favourite exhibition, the author of which will also receive PLN 20,000 net.