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