Exhibitions & events: Twarze/Faces. Katarzyna Kozyra & Katarzyna Szumska

Katarzyna Kozyra (born in Warsaw in 1963) – a sculptor, photographer, performance artist, filmmaker, author of video installations and artistic actions, graduate of the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 1998, she studied at postgraduate level in the New Media atelier under prof. Helmut Mark at Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst in Leipzig. Kozyra’s activities became crucial for the development of the new artistic movement known as Critical Art and they heavily influenced the shape of contemporary culture, often constituting a starting point for a broader discussion. A recipient of the Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (Warsaw 2011) and the Paszport Polityki (Warsaw 1997), she was granted the DAAD scholarship (Berlin 2003) and the Kościuszko Foundation scholarship (New York 2000). Her video installation, Men’s Bathhouse, at the Polish Pavilion for 48th Venice Biennale, in 1998, received honorable mention. In 2011, she obtained her doctorate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2013, the Huffington Post named Kozyra one of ten most important female artists of the new Millennium. In 2014, she won the Polish Film Institute/Museum of Modern Art award at the 39th Film Festival in Gdynia for her idea for an experimental movie “Project X”.

Over the course of her career, Kozyra’s work has been exhibited at major museums and institutions worldwide, including the São Paulo Biennale, the Sidney Biennale, the Busan Biennale, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen (Düsseldorf), Kulturhuset (Stockholm), Museum Voor Moderne Kunst (Arnhem), the Carnegie International (Pittsburgh), the Barbican Art Center (London), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), the Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Helsinki), the CCA (Tel Aviv), the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre (Beijing), and elsewhere.

In 2012, she established the Katarzyna Kozyra Foundation, which supports women in their activities in the field of culture and art and undertakes projects with a great impact on society and art.