Bianka Rolando

b. 1979, lives and works in Poznań (PL).

Holds a PhD in visual arts from the University of Arts in Poznań. Rolando is a visual artist, poet and fiction writer, working with drawing, photography and installa­tion. Parallel to her artwork, she also writes texts that make up the foundation of her subsequent art projects. Her practice combines different types of media, brought together within a unique language of artistic expression that builds layer upon layer of drawings, poetry and photography. The worlds she creates are full of compulsively etched lines and blotches, fragments of illegible text or modernist ru­ins against a background of washed-out landscapes. Rolando’s worlds are both to be viewed and to be read — a drawing expresses a visual meaning that is extended through the metaphors of poetry.  Author of several books: Rozmówki włoskie / Italian Phrasebook (2007), Biała książka / The White Book (2009), Modrzewiowe korony / The Larch Crowns (2010), Podpłomyki / Before the Flames (2012), Mała książka o rysunku / A Small Book About Drawing (2013), Łęgi / Wetland (2015), Pascha / Pasch (2016).

Works are held in the following collections:
– Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
– Raffles Europejski Hotel Collection, Warsaw
– Museum of Warmia & Mazury, Olsztyn


Selected exhibitions:

– Cloudbusters: Intensity vs. Intention, 17th Tallinn Print Triennial, Contemporary Art Museum Estonia, Tallinn,  EE

– 298 111, Muzeum Śląskie, Katowice, PL
– 10 Summer Afterimages, LETO, Warsaw, PL

– Snakes, daggers and rose petals, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PL
– Triumphzug odwrócony, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznan, PL (solo)
– A Place. Summer Storage, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, PL
– POLISH(ED)HUNGARIAN, Apteka Sztuki Gallery, Warsaw, PL
– XII Baltic Triennial, Dailes Theater, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV

– A Million Lines, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, PL
– XII Baltic Triennial, CAC Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, LT
– Wetland, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Procedures for the Head. Polish Art Today, Dom Umenia, Kunsthalle Bratislava, SK
– Zapisane w ciele, Apteka Sztuki Gallery, Warsaw, PL

– Show with a lovely title, LETO, Warsaw, PL
– Power of Art, Galeria Zamek, Reszel, PL
– As You Can See. Polish Art Today, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL

– In the Heart of the Country, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw PL
– Drawings. An Attempt at Baptism, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Word/sign/territory, ARCO Madrid, Madrit, ES

– No, No, I Hardly Ever Miss a Show, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL
– AAAkupunktura, Kordegarda, Warsaw, PL
– Respect paper, Piktogram/BLA, Warsaw, PL

– Sunrises, Polish Institute in Rome, IT (solo)
– Sunrises, Słodownia +1, Dziedziniec Sztuki, Poznań, PL (solo)
– Spokojnie, to tylko AWARIA, Spokojna Gallery, Warsaw, PL
– Sunrises, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Ślicz-notka, BWA, Katowice, PL (solo)

– Prescriptions and Vacines, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Sunsets, Arsenal Municipal Gallery, Poznań, PL (solo)
– Black Box, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, PL (solo)

– Austrian Ski team, Austrian Culture Forum, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– The Middle of the Night, LETO, Warsaw, PL (solo)

– Austrian Ski team, Dachstein, AT (solo)
– She, the Great Inquisitor, Festival Re-Visions, UFA, Warsaw, PL (solo)

– Dolce stil novo, Collegium Nobilium, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Armours, 3A Gallery, ASP, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Beware, I’m shooting!, Austrian Culture Forum, Warsaw, PL (solo)

– Spaghetti, installation, Austrian Culture Forum, Warsaw, PL (solo)
– Sono italiano, vero, videoinstallation, Galeria ON, Poznań, PL
– Tiramisu, Galeria Ego, Poznań (solo)

– War Paint, Focus Design Award, Dortmund, DE
– The shape of memory, performance, Slade Gallery, London, UK

Scholarships & Residencies:

– Residency, DachsteineCult Foundation, Dachsteine, AT

– Scholarship of Prora Allinclusive Programme at Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg DE
– Main artistic scholarship of WBK Bank Zachodni PL

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