Agnieszka Polska creates video works employing mainly found material, such as archive photography and illustrations, which she subjects to subtle interventions, whether animating them or working them into the existing image. In the process, the artist changes their primary context, simultaneously creating illusions of documentation. She investigates the impact of documentation on its future reception. Her visually powerful explorations of lost times or half-forgotten figures of the Polish avant-garde, turn to how the past is fictionalised and re-worked. Her animated videos evoke a sense of melancholia, and a longing for something that perhaps never was, but which she makes real at least on film. In an interview with Art Review, Polska said that, “Slow, unnaturally calm movements are present in most of my videos. I mainly work with animated film so a meditative, contemplative quality is present also in the process of production, which is very important for me. Each project needs a lot of time and concentration (for viewer and maker)”.

Agnieszka Polska
 Agnieszka Polska
Lublin, 1985

Past Exhibitions

Agnieszka Polska: The Demon’s Brain

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart
27/09/2018 — 03/03/2019

Paratoxic Paradoxes

The Benaki Museum
23/03/2017 — 21/05/2017

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

Solo Shows

The Demon’s Brain, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

Little Planet, Overduin & c.o., Los Angeles, US
Cuckoo, Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Poetry Passage#4: I Am The Mouth, National Art Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Screens Series: Agnieszka Polska, New Museum, New York, US

The Moving Finger: A Performative Lecture with Agnieszka Polska, MoMa, New York
The Body of Words – Gallery Weekend Berlin, Gallery ZAK | BRANICKA, Berlin

I Am the Mouth, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham UK

Pseudoword Hazards, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
Nonsense Syllables, As part of Waiting for Sound and Vision – Artist’s Films and Sound Works,Summerhall, Edinburgh

Transfer: PinchukArtCentre (with How the Work is Done), Kiev
Aurorite, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Intervention, Belvedere, Vienna

Group Shows

My Favorite Things, Videoinsight® Foundation, Torino, Italy
Half-Truth, Museum of Sculpture – Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw, Poland
Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
VIVA ARTE VIVA!, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
EVERYTHING IS GETTING BETTER. Unknown Knowns of Polish (Post)Colonialism, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
PEACE, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
Suspended Animation, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
Commercial Break, Public Art Fund, New York, US
The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

Projections, Film & Video: Spring, 2016, RISD Museum, Providence
Histories of a Vanishing Present: A Prologue, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles,
Lost in the Archive, Riga Art Space, Riga
I LOVE YOU, Foundation Art and Science Videoinsight, Turin

Project 35: The Last Act, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Time Lapse, Kunsthalle Tallinn
Workshops of Culture, Lublin
The Shadow of the Dome of Pleasure, Artspace, Auckland
Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
High Line Channel 14, New York
Procedures For The Head / Polish Art Today, National Cultural Centre, Bratislava

Crime in Art, MOCAK, Krakow
Fragile Sense of Hope – Art Collection Telekom, me Collectors Room / Olbricht Foundation, Berlin
Apple. Introduction, Museum of Modern Art, Lodz
Future does not wait, La Capella, Barcelona
The Sky is Blue in Some Other Way: A Diagram of a Possible Misreading,Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Lublin Country of birth: Poland Date of birth: 1985 Lives in: Warsaw, Poland