Anna Konik: In the Middle of the Way


The list of projects that focus on this topic should include "In the middle of the way", the creation of which I have purposely spread out over time. It develops each time I travel. It is devoted to homeless people and the idea of travel, forced relocation, continuous being on the road.

Thursday 5 September, 7:00 pm — Tuesday 29 October 2013

Platan Gallery

1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 32.

  • project with Tadeusz: Warsaw 2001,(9´57´´)
  • project with Hermann: Berlin 2002,(9´27´´)
  • project with Svetlana: Moscow 2005,(14´42´´)
  • project with ....: Cleveland 2005,(13´21´´)
  • project with Gerald: Youghal 2006,(10´28´´)
  • project with Hans-Dieter/Augustin Story: Vienna 2006,(13´11´´)
  • project with Jenny and Pelle: Zurich 2007,(10´41´´)
  • postscript - project with Anna: Dobrodzien – Warsaw - Berlin,2005,(6´51´´)

Opening speech: Miklós Erhardt, intermedia artist.

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(...) In my works I touch upon the issue of people excluded from society, rejected due to illness, old age or other symptoms of otherness in relation to the universally accepted norms.The list of projects that focus on this topic should include "In the middle of the way", the creation of which I have purposely spread out over time. It develops each time I travel. It is devoted to homeless people and the idea of travel, forced relocation, continuous being on the road. It refers not only to the physical change of place, but also to the mental journey. In The Glass Bead Game, Hermann Hesse defined this metaphorically as“the journey East”.The six films became reportages in which in addition to seeing the places were Thaddeus (Warsaw 2001), Hermann (Berlin 2002), Svetlana (Moscow 2005), .... (Cleveland 2005), Gerard (Cork 2006), Hans-Dieter (Vienna 2006) and Anna (Warsaw – Berlin – Dobrodzien 2005) spend their days, we also witness their inner voyages.

Anna Konik

Anna Konik - lives and works in Warsaw, Berlin and Dobrodzien. Konik makes video installations, objects; her practice combines video, photography, drawing and works in situ with the strong space context. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in the studio of Krzysztof M. Bednarski and Professor Grzegorz Kowalski. In 2000 obtained a diploma under the supervision of Professor Grzegorz Kowalski. In 1999 -2001 she was an assistant to Professor Zofia Glazer, Department of Drawing, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. In 1999 – 2004 she collaborated with Academia Theatre, theatre group Opera Buffa and independent theatre group „BezNazwy Theatre“.

In 2012 Anna Konik received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in the Department of Media Arts and Stage Design, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. During summer term 2012 and 2013 she run a video seminar at the Department of Linguistics and Literature, Bielefeld University. In the year 2010/2011 she hold video guest lectures in the Department of Fashion Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2009 she was invited as Rudolf Arnheim Associate Professor in the Art History Department, Humboldt University in Berlin and in 2008-2009 she run lectures on new media at the International Summer Academy in Salzburg.                                                                                                                                               

She was nominated for the Views 2009 – the Deutsche Bank Foundation Award, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw and for the Polityka Passport Cultural Award, Warsaw. Anna Konik has also received study awards, residencies and has been invited to grant stays in different countries: New Europe College, Bukareszt, Rumunia (2013/2014); Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Grant (2013); IASPIS, Stockholm (2011/2012); ZiF Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, University, Bielefeld (2011); Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2008/2009); Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr, Zug (2007); Young Poland Grant (2007); KulturKontakt Vienna (2006); National Sculpture Factory, Cork (2006); SPACES World Artists Program, Cleveland, USA (2005); Polish Ministry of Culture Grant (2005); Leube Artist in Residency (2004); Academy Schloss Solitude (2003/2004); Leube Foundation/Salzburg-Gartenau (2003); DAAD, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee (2001–2002).    

Her work has been shown in numerous Polish and European galleries. Selected solo exhibitions: In the same city, under the same sky..., Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok (2013), Swedish Parliament (2012); Fear and Entranced, Atlas Sztuki, Lodz (2011); Our Lady’s Forever, Polish Institute Düsseldorf (2011),The Villa of the Entranced, Max Liebermann Haus (2010); Our Lady’s Forever, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (2009); 61st International Film Festival Locarno (2008); Our Lady’s Forever  Kronika Gallery, Bytom (2008); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2007); Transparency, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2004).

Selected group exhibitions: Transition, Yapi and Kredi Art Center’s, Istanbul (2013); United States of Europe, De Maarkten, Brussels; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland (2013); Divina Commedia, del Museo di Arte Contemporanea del Sannio ARCOS, Benevento, Italia (2013); United States of Europe, Łódź; Lapinlahti Helsinki; Mekas Vilnius; Plataforma das Artes Portugal; Old Market Pallouriotissa Cypr; Motorenhalle Dresden; The Red House Sofia; Les Ecluses, fabrique culturelle et numerique France (2013–2012–2011); Tür an Tür, Polen – Deutschland. 1000 Jahre Kunst und Geschichte, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2011); Divina Commedia, PAN Palazzo Delle Arti, Neapol (2011);Mediation/Space, Szara Gallery, Cieszyn (2010); Territories of the In/Human, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2010); Künstler in der KunstGesellschaft, Motorenhalle, Drezno (2010); Views 2009, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Collection 5, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Isoleted, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2009).

Konik works are in private and corporate art collections: Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Podlaskie Association for the Promotion of Fine Arts, Bialystok, Poland; The Upper Silesian Museum, Bytom, Poland; Leube Art Foundation, Gartenau-Salzburg; Lublin Association Zacheta Collection of Fine Arts, Poland; Art Stations Foundation, Poznan, Poland.

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