Artist

Kasia Swinarska

1967

Biography

Kasia Swinarska (b. 1969), graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. She came out as an artist in 2009 with a series of paintings at 39. Biennale of Painting „Bielska Jesienn”. She works with painting and video which often follows the convention of video performance, and creates multimedia installations. She defended her doctoral thesis “Displacement. Interpassivity of the Gaze” in visual arts, in 2014.

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. Currently she is working on a painting project for "inSPIRACJE 12. Breathtaking" in Szczecin (Poland), curated by Rob Garett.

Swinarska won first prize at the International Competition for Experimental Films “In Out Festival” (2016) for her 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); she 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 paintings are in the collections of “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.