Sława Harasymowicz, “Reel Static. Looking into Family Frames”


Not only is the past a foreign country where things are being done differently – to paraphrase L.P. Hartley – the same can be said about one’s family history, where feeling at home does not necessarily equal knowing it well and in detail. The artist pursues a multi-media reconstruction of the war history of the members of her family. She is trying to interpret and respond to private and public archives which store fragments of troubled pasts, which she then re-orders as a building material for mnemonic practices, recollections and reconstructions. Harasymowicz will present her multi-stage project and talk about various aspects of her inquiry with Gabriela Sułkowska.

Sława Harasymowicz is an artist working across a diverse range of media including drawing, screen printing, lens-based media, installation, and text. She studied at the Royal College of Art in London and Jagiellonian University, and is now a PhD candidate at Central Saint Martins, London. She has exhibited at The Freud Museum, London (2012) and The Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London (2016) among others. She was awarded the V&A Illustration Awards and the Arts Foundation Fellowship, as well as the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship. She was born in Kraków, Poland, and currently lives and works between London and Ramsgate, East Kent.

Gabriela Sułkowska is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Jagiellonian University. She is working on the issues of moral imagination and contemporary art as a laboratory of empathy. Member of the Curatorial Collective: http://www.oznaczplaszow.com/kolektyw-kuratorski/

Illustration: Sława Harasymowicz, „Untitled”, 2016, two drawing-based screen prints with acrylic paint