Agnieszka Kalinowska

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Visual Arts (installation art, painting)
Europe, Eastern
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 Agnieszka Kalinowska


a (non)material girl

Kalinowska´s art is filled with material, often old and needless, objects - strings, gums balloons, confetti but also machines, technical devices and photographs. But there is, seemingly, no space for a human being.
The artist uses objects in a quite perverse way - they play a main role in her works, substitute people, that seem to be useless and unnecessary. Kalinowska shows the immense strength of the material world that , though created by humans, already got more powerful then they. In her works Kalinowska emphasises the strings attached between things and persons, however, she also demonstrates that we are not the ones who pull the strings.


Kalinowska was born in 1971 in Warsaw, Poland where she still lives and works.
In 1998 She graduated from the Fine Arts Academy, Painting Department (atelier of prof. Wladyslaw Dutkowiak) in Poznan, Poland.
In 2003 she participated in the Artist in Residence Civitella Ranieri Fellowship in Italy as well as in Education project supported by Culture 2000 - "Talk to me about Me, About Art, and About Important Issues, in Polish, Finnish and Swedish".
Art. She also took part in residence progammes in New York (2006 - Location One) and in Zurich (2007 - Pro Helvetia).


Selected group exhibitions:

Exhibition / Installation,
2007 - Surge, 798 Arts Festival, Beijing, China; Duolon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China; He Xiangning Art Museum, China; curators: Marc Hungerbuhler, Raul Zamudio 2007 - 2007 International Artists-in-Residence, Location One, New York, 2007 - System Error - War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy, 2006 - DUSK, DIVA MIAMI BEACH O6 - presented by Raul Zamudio, USA, curator: Mariko Tanaka 2006 - You Won´t Feel a Thing: On Panic, Obsession, Anesthesia and Rituality, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany 2006 - Polyphony of Images - a Night of Cutting-Edge Contemporary Art from Poland, the Consulate General of Poland in New York, NY 2006 - Hot/Cold? Summer Loving, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland 2006 - Ideal # 08, Espace Croise, Roubaix, France, curators: Mo Gourmelon, Eric Deneuville 2006 - Video´appart, Paris, France, curator: Indira Cruz 2006 - Punkt rosy, Czarna Gallery in Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, curator: Agnieszka Czarnecka 2006 - Videodyssey, Parker´s Box, New York, NY, and Galerie Anne Barrault, Paris, France, curator: Alun Williams 2005 - "(?)", BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, Poland, curator: Marcin Krasny; 2005 - Blind date, Sector Reforma Gallery, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas UNAM, Cuidad de México, Mexico City, Mexico 2005 - Beyond the red horizon - New art from Poland and Russia, National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, curators: Ewa Gorzadek, Stach Szablowski, Irina Gorlowa, Mikhail Mindlin; 2005 - Wrong expectation, Darmstadt Kunsthalle, Germany, curator: Peter Joch 2004 - Beyond the red horizon - New art from Poland and Russia, Ujazdowski Castle, Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, curators: Ewa Gorzadek, Stach Szablowski, Irina Gorlowa, Mikhail Mindlin 2004 - Far west, near east, Forum Kunst & Architektur, Essen, Germany, curator: Jaroslaw Suchan; 2004 - Rendez-vous Nova Polska, video, Espace Croise, Center of Contemporary Art, Roubaix France 2004 - Blind date, Polish & Mexican artists, Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, curators: Alejandro Perez Tamayo, Marcin Krasny 2004 - Nuit Blanche, Dazibao d´images, Paris, France, curator: Hou Hanru 2004 - Palimpsest, Lodz Biennale, Lodz, Poland, curator: Aneta Szylak 2004 - Health & Safety, Wyspa Institute of art, Gdansk. Poland, curator: Aneta Szylak; 2004 - Brooklyn Euphoria, New York, NY, curator: Alun Williams 2004 - Affinites electives, Cimaise et Portigue, Center of Contemporary Art, Albi, France, curator: Anna Olszewska 2004 - Videoformes 2004, show of Polish video, Clermont-Ferrand, France, curators: Gabriel Soucheyre, Eric De Neuville 2004 - Under Red and White Flag. New art from Poland, Estonian Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; National Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow; CCA Niznyj Nowgorod, CCA Niznyj Tagil, Russia, curators: Magda Kardasz, Irina Gorlowa, Mikhail Mindin 2003 - 5th International Contemporary Art Exhibition ?Extra Strong Super Light", The National Museum, Szczecin, Poland, curator: Magda Lewoc 2003 - Architectures of Gender: Contemporary Women´s Art in Poland, SculptureCenter, Long Iland City, NY 2002 - The Young Are Realists, Really, Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, curators: Stach Szablowski, Ewa Gorzadek; 2002 - Space, Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros, Hungary, curator: Zsolt Petranyi

Selected individual exhibitions:

Exhibition / Installation,
2007 - The Black Box, Arco, Madrid, Spain 2007 - ...So is Moscow - Kunstraum Walcheturm, cooperation with Karma International, Zurich, Switzerland 2006 - Before It Will Get Hot, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria 2006 - Great Scene, Theater Gallery, Uppsala, Sweden; curator: Torun Ekstrand 2005 - Safe, Goodnight Tower (with Artur Zmijewski ), Karlskrona, Sweden, curator: Torun Ekstrand 2004 - Summer solstice, Platan gallery, Budapest, Hungary, curator: Timea Jerger 2004 - Personal doping, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, curator: Hanna Wroblewska 2004 - Personal doping, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ, USA, curator: John Spiak 2002 - Summer solstice, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz, Poland 2002 - Novart, Festival of Young Art, Krzysztofory Gallery, Kracow, Poland, curator Jaroslaw Suchan 2002 - Just a little bit more, Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, curator Stach Szablowski


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