On the 11th November 2021, on Polish Independence Day, the artist Malgorzata Drohomirecka joined by Urszula Chowaniec and Izabela Morska will discuss the issues of womanhood, representation, empowerment and self-determination. The starting point of the discussion will be the study case of Polonia, but the debate will examine other examples from across pop culture, art and politics, and will be moderated by the exhibition’s curator Marta Grabowska.
Małgorzata Drohomirecka is a visual artist. Her practice intertwines painting, printmaking and film. She studied Painting at Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk (Poland). After completing her master’s degree in 2006 she moved to London, where she has lived and works since. In 2020 she was awarded a Scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture for the realization of the online project Polonia_2020. In 2021 an essay by Izabela Morska about her series of paintings Polonia_2020 was published in Czas Kultury. Her recent solo exhibitions include: Żak Gallery, Spider-Phoenix, Gdańsk (2019). She showed her analogue film at Apiary Studios, Contact: A Festival of New Experimental Film and Video, London (2016).
In her latest series of paintings, she analyses “visual representations of femininity in the paintings of the greatest masters of 19th-century Polish painting”. By engaging with motives from popular films, music videos and stock images, Malgorzata challenges those traditional depictions from a 21st century point of view.
Izabela Morska is one of the most substantial Polish literary voices. She is an educator, as well as a writer forever daring to expand into the new areas of critical exploration. In her fiction, nonfiction, and cultural criticism, she embraces neglected and subversive narratives, focusing on dispossessed characters who transcend the conformism of social or gender alignment. Her latest book, Znikanie (Vanishing, 2019), a memoir of illness as a journey, received the Pomerania Literary Award and was nominated for Nike and Angelus Literary Prizes. Her first book in English, Glorious Outlaws: Debt as a Tool in Contemporary Postcolonial Fiction (2016) testifies to her interest in subaltern themes and postcolonial narratives. Morska is a former Affiliated Scholar at ISEES and BBRG University of California-Berkeley, as well as Yaddo and Hawthornden Fellow, and she holds the MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, California. In 2018 she received the Julian Tuwim Prize for life achievement. She lectures on animals as literary characters and other themes linking literature and ecology in the English and American Studies Department at Gdansk University, Poland.