Aneta Szy­łak

Foun­der and the first direc­tor of Wyspa Insti­tute of Art (2004−2014) and the Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Art Łaź­nia (1998−2001); cur­ren­tly, pre­si­dent and arti­stic direc­tor of Alter­na­tiva Foun­da­tion and Director’s Ple­ni­po­ten­tiary for esta­bli­shing Museum of Modern Art within the Natio­nal Museum in Gdańsk. Szy­łak is an author and arti­stic direc­tor of Inter­na­tio­nal Festi­val of Visual Arts Alter­na­tiva. She has cura­ted (indi­vi­du­ally and col­la­bo­ra­ti­vely) exhi­bi­tions like: 2014 Eve­ry­day­ness, 2014 Hito Stey­erl: Abs­tract, 2014 Oli­ver Res­sler: Pili­ti­cal Visions – The World Anew, 2013 The Field is to the Sky, Only Bac­kward, 2012 Mate­ria­lity, 2012 Buil­dings and Rem­nants, 2011 Labour and Leisure, 2010 — 2011 Estran­ge­ment, 2005 Dockwat­chers, 2004 Museums Palimp­sest, 2004 BHP, 2003 Archi­tec­ture of Gen­der. She co-​​​​authored publi­ca­tion ‘The Cura­to­rial. A Phi­lo­so­phy of Cura­ting’ (2013). Szy­łak has lec­tu­red at Bard Col­lege, New School, Queens Col­lage and NYU among others. She wor­ked as a visi­ting fel­low rese­ar­cher at Aca­demy of Arts in Mainz and Uni­ver­sity of Copen­ha­gen. Cur­ren­tly she is pre­pa­ring her PhD the­sis Cura­ting Con­text. The Palimp­sest on the Quoti­dian and the Cura­to­rial under Cura­to­rial Know­ledge pro­gramme at the Gold­smi­ths Col­lege Lon­don and Uni­ver­sity of Copen­ha­gen. Szy­łak is acti­vely enga­ged with pre­se­rva­tion of post-​​​​industrial heri­tage in Gdańsk.

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Anna Nawrot

Born in 1960, Poland. Lives and works in Lublin. She is an artist and a cura­tor. Since 1985 she has been run­ning the Biała Gal­lery with Jan Gryka. The idea behind the gal­lery is to build an arti­stic space, based on expe­ri­men­tal and unco­nven­tio­nal art. Biała publi­shes cata­lo­gues and has its own archive, con­si­sting of the docu­men­ta­tion of exhi­bi­tions, books on art, art maga­zi­nes and films. The gal­lery has orga­ni­sed over 450 exhi­bi­tions and events. Woj­ciech Gile­wicz, Robert Kuśmi­row­ski and Mariusz Tar­ka­wian had their debuts there. The gal­lery also exhi­bits arti­sts from Ger­many, Israel, Bel­gium, the Nether­lands and Czech Repu­blic. As the artist Nawrot cre­ates ephe­me­ral instal­la­tions and objects, using texti­les, ties and flo­wers. Often the instal­la­tions record her per­so­nal expe­rien­ces, com­ment on wider issues rela­ted to cul­tu­ral image and social ste­reo­ty­pes. She is the lau­re­ate of Arti­stic Award of Lublin from 2007.

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Lívia Páldi

Born in Buda­pest. Lives and works between Buda­pest and Swe­den. Between 2012 and 2015 she was the direc­tor of BAC – Bal­tic Art Cen­ter, Visby, Swe­den and pre­vio­usly, she wor­ked as the cura­tor and chief cura­tor at the Műc­sar­nok /​Kunsthalle Buda­pest between 2005 and 2011. She has orga­ni­sed nume­rous exhi­bi­tions, edi­ted seve­ral exhi­bi­tion cata­lo­gues and was a con­tri­bu­ting edi­tor of East Art Map maga­zine and book orga­ni­sed by the artist col­la­bo­ra­tive IRWIN in Lju­bl­jana (2002–5). She was one of the cura­to­rial agents of dOCU­MENTA (13) and is part of the cura­to­rial team of OFF-​​Biennale Budapest.

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