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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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  

  Konteksty, Event Horizon, 2017   Stitching and unstitching, Markiewicz / Rajkowska, 2017  

Painkillers, Rampa, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017   Joanna Rajkowska, SALT Ulus, Ankara, 2016  

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

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

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