Katarzyna Swinarska

Katarzyna Swinarska


About Katarzyna Swinarska

Born in 1969, she came out as an artist in 2009 with a series of paintings at 39. Biennale of Painting „Bielska Jesień”. She works with painting and video which often follows the convention of video performance, and creates multimedia installations. In 2014 she defended her doctoral thesis “Displacement. Interpassivity of the Gaze” in visual arts, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.
In 2017: she presented her new film "We—The Common Body” (during an exhibition under the same title) treating the issue of rivalry and love in artist couples; she worked as a curator of the exhibition "Avant-garde/ Paradoxical Sleep” dedicated to the phenomenon of modernist utopia in contemporary feminist art; she created a musical video “Revolutionary Dream” in collaboration with a Polish improviser and composer Irek Wojtczak. Finally she created a painting project commissioned for an International Art Festival "inSPIRACJE 12. Breathtaking" in Szczecin (Poland) by the curator Rob Garett.
In 2016 she was awarded Grand Prix at the International Competition for Experimental Films "In Out Festival” for my video performance “Digressive Identity”. Co-creator of the movie “Manufacturers of Imagination” awarded at the 2nd Triennale of Pomeranian Art (2016). Finalist of the Gdansk Biennale (2014 and 2016), finalist of Triennial of Pomeranian Art (2016); I was awarded a bursary of the City of Sopot (2014 and 2016), a bursary of the City of Gdansk (2010) and a three-month art residency in Switzerland (2012).
Her works are in the collections of NOMUS — Museum of Contemporary Art in Gdansk, “Wyspa” Art Institute in Gdansk, State Art Gallery in Sopot and in private collections in Poland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States.


2017 inSPIRACJE 12. Breathtaking, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland
2017 "Avant-garde/ Paradoxical Sleep" as curator and artist, Sopot Museum, Poland,
2017 "We—The Common Body" State Gallery of Art, Sopot, Poland,
2016 IV Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gdansk Cityl Gallery, Gdansk, Poland,
2016 "This View has Potential" Katowice Miasto Ogrodów, Katowice, Poland,
2016 "SILENT HEADS" Grodno City Art Gallery, Grodno, Bellarus,
2016 II Triennial for Pomeranian Art, State Gallery of Art, Sopot, Poland.
2015 "Libres artistes" Galerie Espace Saint-Bernard, Brusselles, Belgium,
2015 “Exporting Gdańsk” 3rd Biennial of Painting, Zagreb, Croatia,
2015 28th Festival Les Instants Vidéo Numériques et poétiques, Marseille, France,
2015 “When I will be a cruel queen” painting, Staniszow Art Center, Staniszow, Poland.