Aleksandra Waliszewska

b. 1976, lives and works in Warsaw (PL).

Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Working primarily as a painter, Waliszewska’s sub­jects are often female and girlish, yet sex is of sec­ondary importance. What she creates is an archetype of imperfect creation that has been stripped of any­thing related to civilization as we know it. It appears that giving shape to fear, both imaginary and authen­tic, along with a sense of being lost and the terror of the unknown, brings more complex matters into play. Human frailty is exorcised in Waliszewska’s world in a very peculiar way, as the grotesque is entangled in the everyday, while tragedy reigns. The artist does not allow us to witness these incidents without elicit­ing a very emotional response.

In 2013 she was awarded the AECA prize for best foreign artist at the ARCO Art Fair in Madrid. Her work has been pub­lished by: My Dance the Skull, FUKT, MINCHO Maga­zine, United Dead Artists, Les Editions Du 57, Drippy Bone Books, Editions Kaugummi, Editions Timeless, Fontarte Editions, as well as the 2000 Words series by DESTE Foundations for Contemporary Art, FAQ edited by Maurizio Cattelan and Myriam Ben Salah and commissioned by Le Dictateur. Her works have been used on covers such as: Chicaloyoh, Scarcity of Tanks, Mike Doherty, and the Populista series issued by Bôłt Records. She has cooperated on films such as: The Capsule, dir. Athina Rachel Tsan­gari, produced by DESTE Foundation; The Lure, dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska, awarded at Sundance Film Festival in 2016.

Works are held in the following collections:

– Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
– DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens
– National Museum in Gdańsk
– Doron Sebbag Art Collection, Tel Aviv
– CCA Znaki Czasu, Toruń
– Museum Jerke, Recklinghausen
– Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Kraków
– Museum of Warmia & Mazury, Olsztyn


Selected exhibitions:

– Hawrot, Krajewska & Waliszewska, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Of Death and Other Demons, CAN Christina Androulidaki Gallery, Athens, GR

– “absurden, obszönen Steingötzen der Tschanvölker”, Neuer Kunstverein, Vienna, AT (solo)
– Der Teufel ist ein Eichhörnchen, Museum Jerke, Recklinghausen, DE (solo)
– The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, PL
– 10 Summer Afterimages, LETO, Warsaw, PL

– KREW – WERK, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw, PL
– Cellar, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Zuzanna Ginczanka. Only happiness is real life, Museum of History of Photography, Krakow, PL
– Mauvaises Graines 2, Topographie de l’art, Paris, FR
– The Time Is Out of Joint, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, KR
– La memoria finalmente. Arte in Polonia 1989-2015, Galleria Civica di Modena, IT
– The Time Is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, AE

– Two Sticks, Tink Tank lab Triennale, Wrocław, PL
– Zuzanna Ginczanka. Only happiness is real life, Museum of History of Photography, Muzeum Literatury, Warsaw, PL
– Garden, ArtBrussels 2015, Brussels, BE
– Procedures for the Head. Polish Art Today, Dom Umenia, Kunsthalle Bratislava, SK
– Typology of Violence, ARCO Madrid 2015, Madrit, ES
– Lest the Two Seas Meet, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL

– Show with a Lovely Title, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Festival Narracje 6, Gdańsk, PL
– SHIT AND DIE, Palazzo Cavour, Turin, IT
– Gold Hands Tremble, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Złoty wiek. Kolekcja Vinyl Canvas, Design Gallery – BWA Wrocław, PL
– Self-love, or: Artists Love Themselves, Państwowa Galeria Sztuki, Sopot, PL
– As You Can See. Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL
– Eat The Blue, Le 116 Centre d’art contemporain, Montreuil, FR

– Focus Poland Project 3: Take 5, CCA Toruń, PL
– Painters of Illustrations, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL
– THERE WILL BE ARTCTION!, Bunker of Art, Cracow, PL
– Midnight Show, Design Gallery – BWA Wroclaw, PL
– Word / Character / Territory, ARCO Madrid 2013, ES
– Season 3: Nothing About That. Fictional Narratives, Studio Otwock, PL
– The System of Objects, Deste Foundation, Athens, GR
– Insomnes, Gurú Tienda Gallery, Mexico City, MEX
– Hell as Pavilion, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR (with Athina Rachel Tsangari)

– Garden, Warsaw Gallery Weekend, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Nasty Child, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Gouaches and drawings, Gallery of Contemporary Art Widzimisie, Siedlce, PL (solo)
– …A Petete Petete Te…, Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– The Capsule – Installation, Barneys Window, New York, US (with Athina Rachel Tsangari)

– Chapter Three: Pain, ReMap3, Athens, GR (solo)
– Sweatboxing II, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Frédéric Magazine, Galerie Jean Marc Thèvenet, Paris, FR
– 666, Artissima 18, Torino, IT
– White Cubes / Black Holes, Art Space Gallery, Cracow, PL

– Don’t even think about it, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Biennale LE HAVRE with Frederic group, Le Havre, FR
– Ilustration PL 2010, Sinfonia Varsovia, Warsaw, PL
– Heroes of Might and Magic, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL (solo)

– Flowers on the attic, Geppert Appartment ,Wroclaw, PL
– I was a dog, Design Gallery BWA Wrocław, Wroclaw, PL
– Frederic Magazine arts factory, Paris, FR

– Themselves about themselves, Municipal Gallery of Art, Lodz, PL

– Painting of XXI century, Zacheta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
– Bacchantes, Theatre Museum, Grand Theatre, Warsaw, PL
– Opus Gallery, Lodz, PL (solo)

– Narcissus, Karowa Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)

– Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)

– DAP Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Test Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)

Scholarships & Residencies & Awards:

– the AECA prize for best foreign artist at ARCO Art Fair in Madrid

– EXIT Art Prize 2012

– finalist of the polish edition of the Henkel Art Award

– Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship as part of the ‘Young Poland’ program (Visual Arts)

– Scholarship of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

– Scholarship of Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

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