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Marysia Lewandowska
Artist-in-residence, 2009
Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish born artist based in London who, through her collaborative projects, has explored the public function of archives, collections and exhibitions in an age characterized by relentless privatization. She has been collaborating with Neil Cummings between1995 and 2008. Research has played a central part in all their projects which include the book The Value of Things (Birkhauser/August 2000),Give & Take at the V & A Museum and Capitalinaugurating Contemporary Interventions series at Tate Modern (2001). Their Enthusiasm project has been shown at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Kunst Werke in Berlin and Tapies Foundation in Barcelona in 2005-2006. Enthusiasm explores, through amateur films made by polish factory workers under socialism, the potential and relevance of working outside of “official” culture and its products. The film project Screen Testswas featured in the British Art Show 6 at several venues across Britain. Social Cinema events were made in collaboration with 51% Studios for the 2006 London Architecture Biennale. Generosity Broadcasting Housewas part of the Protections exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz.Post-production was featured in the latest edition ofManifesta7 in Bolzano. The film Museum Futures: Distributed was commissioned by Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2008, and Tender Museum, a sound and film installation, was recently completed for Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. Marysia’s upcoming projects engage with legitimacy of conversation as a site of the unacknowledged knowledge, including Women’s Audio Archive, which she is currently developing as part of the residency at CCS Bard. Our Radical Parents is planned as a film and a book based on a series of conversations exploring radical acts present in practices of everyday life, as well as questions of generational hand down. The project is a collaboration with Mossutställningar in Stockholm. Casting will address the politics of broadcast and the public realm. Marysia is a Professor of Fine Art at Konstfack in Stockholm where she established Timeline: Artists’ Film and Video Archive.