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.
Chariot, Art Night 2018, London, UK I shall not enter into your heaven, Teatr Powszechny, Warsaw, 18-19 November 2017 Konteksty, Event Horizon, 2017 Stitching and unstitching, Markiewicz / Rajkowska, 2017 Forcing a Miracle, Museum of History of Polish Jews POLIN, Warsaw, Poland, 2016 Trafostation, 2016 Zechstein Sea, 2015 Soundlessness, 2014 Rosa’s Passage, 2014 Soon Everything Will Change, 2014 My Father Never Touched Me Like That, 2014 The Light of The Lodge, 2014 All-Seeing Eye, 2013 The Peterborough Child, 2012, permanent Final Fantasies, 2012 Forcing a Miracle, 2012 A Letter to Rosa, 2012 Born in Berlin, 2012 Last Summer in Obersalzberg, 2011 Benjamin in Konya, 2010 Chariot, 2010 Ravine, 2009 Basia, 2009 Rotor, 2009 The Bat, 2009 Airways, 2008 Camping Jenin, 2008 A Walk, 2007 Oxygenator, 2007 Umeå Volcano, 2006 Maya Gordon Goes To Chorzów, 2006 Upwards! 2006 Exit, Waiting for 624 Museum Staff, 2005 Hello, 2004 Greetings from Jerusalem, 2002, ongoing Satisfaction Guaranteed, 2000 No Sign of Dying Soon, 1995 Let Me Wash Your Hands, 1994 Salt Room, 1993-1994
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