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Ewa Opalka and Krzysztof Gufranski
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Residency Unlimited
The Polish Cultural Institute New York

Krzysztof Gutfranski
Ewa Opalka
Artists in Residence at Residency Unlimited

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ewa Opalka is a Polish critic and curator with a main focus in feminist film and visual art theory. She is currently completing her PhD thesis titled 'Re-medium and preparing an exhibition of work by the Polish female sculptor Wanda Czelkowska scheduled for 2016 that will take place at the Xawery Dunikowski Museum of Sculpture, Warsaw.

In her research, Opalka's references include biopolitics, bioethics and corporeal feminism. She investigates the specifics of the feminist discourse at the intersection of visual arts and film. During her residency at RU, she will explore how American feminist film and art theory from the 60's until the 90's may have affected pioneering Polish female/feminist artists.

Recent exhibitions that she curated include Ewa Partum, "Partytury", Aleksander Bruno Gallery, Warsaw, 2015, Agnieszka Brzezanska, Ma terra, Aleksander Bruno Gallery, 2014, Marta Deskur If you shoot one of them, MOCAK, Kracow, 2013. Ewa Opalka curated the film program Galeria Filmu, Muzeum Narodowe, Kraków

Krzysztof Gutfranski is a curator and historian of contemporary art, as well as a freelance researcher involved in editorial work for various publications on visual culture. His main interests are: socially-engaged design, evolution of labour modes, anthropology, and anthropology of eating. His current field of study is the relationship between food and architecture in its scientific, political as well as pop cultural aspect. It will be underscored by fieldwork, city wayfaring and especially archival materials. Through meetings with artists, architects, experts from different fields, as well as through visiting restaurant owners and diverse museums, he will try to explore the widest possible conglomerate of influences and examples of this not-so-obvious relationship.

Gutfranski has worked in the curatorial departments of institutions such as Zacheta Art Gallery, Warsaw, Centre of Contemporary Art, Znaki Czasu, Torun. He has also been a researcher/editor for leading polish art-related nonprofit organizations like Bec Zmiana Foundation, Piktogram Magazine, Warsaw and Head of Publications at Wyspa Institute of Art/Alternativa, Gdansk Shipyards. Publications include The Materiality, an anthology that offers diverse perspectives on both the object unto itself, the material context, as well as the social role of things[...]

Gutfranski's curatorial projects include Game of States. Playing the Archive, Piktogram Magazine/BLA 2013, also presented at BWA Zielona Góra, PL, 2014 and in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2015, 8th Biennial of Photography, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, 2013, Studio plus Kitchen, CoCA, Torun (2010-2011), Expectative - six collaborative artist-scientist projects for Bec Zmiana Foundation 2009, Hell of Things, CCA Kronika, Bytom, Poland, 2009.

The residency is made possible with support from the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

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