Born in Bydgoszcz, Poland, 1968  

Lives and works in Warsaw, Poland  


Joanna Rajkowska (born 1968) is a Polish artist based in Warsaw, working with objects, films, photography, installations, ephemeral actions, and widely discussed interventions in public space. She critically engages with the legacy, politics, and aesthetics of land art and employs the strategy of unfamiliarity as a political tool whilst focusing on the body and language as the foundations of social relationships. Her works often function as social sculptures in which collective memory, tensions, and desires might be manifested as public monuments interwoven into the urban tissue. Activating layers of meanings (both historical and ideological), they provoke and reveal lines of conflicts, but also serve as platforms for dialogue. As Joanna Rajkowska’s works are materializing through ‘urban legends’, press-cuttings, gossip and media debates, their form is always ‘unfinished’, so there is a possibility they will evolve and mutate beyond the artist’s initial intentions.    


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Joanna Rajkowska, The Hatchling, 3 July – 6 October 2019, Frieze Sculpture, Regent’s Park, London, UK


Joanna Rajkowska, Death of the Palm Tree, on the occasion of The World Environment Day, 1-14 June, 2019


Joanna Rajkowska, Illness as a Source of Art, National Museum Poznań, Poznań, Poland 


Joanna Rajkowska, Painkillers, Permanent exhibition, Susch Muzeum, Switzerland


Joanna Rajkowska, Skip the Line! Populism and Unfulfilled Promises, 26 October – 30 November 2018


Joanna Rajkowska, The Peterborough Child in Hyperallergic Magazine. Five Artists Explore the Aesthetics of Mourning, June 2018


Joanna Rajkowska, Chariot, Art Night, London, 7 July 2018


Art Brussels, Solo presentation, Discovery Section, Booth D12 – 22 April 2018


Architecture After the Sunset, Solo exhibition, SKALA Poznań – 13 April – 15 May 2018  


Suiciders, TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland  


I shall not enter into your heaven, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 18-19 November 2017  


I shall not enter into your heaven, In the frame of the project Open City, Crossroads, Poland, 2017  


Faces, The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany, 2017 


Konteksty, Event Horizon, 2017  


Stitching and unstitching, Markiewicz / Rajkowska, 2017


THE FACE. A SEARCH FOR CLUES, The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany, 2017  


The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2017  


Painkillers, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017  


Joanna Rajkowska, SALT Ulus, Ankara, 2016  


Making use: Life in Post-artistic Times, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2016  


Medicine in Art, MOCAK, Museum of Modern Art, Krakow, Poland, 2016  


Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude, Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea, 2016  


DE-MO-CRA-CY, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland, 2016  


Hommage to Kantor, Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan, 2015  


A Beautiful Darkness, 26 October – 30 October 2015, Central St. Martins, London, 2015  


I am burning Paris (Je brûle Paris), Cité international des Arts, Paris, France, 2015  


We knew the world not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent,

Goldsmiths, 2015  


Progress and Hygiene, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2015  


Vot Ken You Mach, Muzeum Współczesne, Wrocław, Poland, 2015  


The Wall. Art Face To Face With Borders, Careof DOCVA in Milan, Italy, 2015


The Light of the Lodge, Charim Gallery, Vienna, Austria, 2014  


A tourist in Other People’s Reality, Vestry House Museum, London, 2013  


L’ HALLALI, La Station, Nice, 2013  

Joanna Rajkowska