Aleksandra Ska

She graduated from the Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź (the Faculty of Textile and Fashion), lives in Poznań and works at the Szczecin Academy of Art. Author of installations, objects and videos. Her art is related to the subconscious and sexuality. She is interested in corporeality presented through forms of body impression. Her creative activity is always associated to elegance, splendor and sensuality. However Ska introduces to her installations disturbing elements that come from the subconscious and dreams, and evoke anxiety or apprehension. Female sexuality is an issue intensively emphasized. The artist treats fetishism as something that seduces, tempts and attracts, not only in visual sense, but more likely in haptic way. Sometimes art works of Ska are linked to another sense, to the sense of taste, which was in case of a video Fat Love, those projection took place in one of the butcher’s in Poznań. Ska’s art works were presented among other at: Hot/Cold – Summer Loving, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, 2006; Mediations Biennale, Voyage Sentimental, National Museum in Poznań, 2008; Collection of Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Behind the Reality Principle, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, 2008 and The Summer of Youth. Young People in Contemporary Art, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, 2010. In 2007 she was rewarded with Grand Prix at Przeciąg Festival, in 2011 she was Młoda Sztuka award winner of Głos Wielkopolski in the field of visual arts. Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship holder in 2000, 2007 and 2011.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2019

– I <3 plastique (within Anna Orlikowska), Galeria Jedna/Druga, 13 Muz, Szczecin

2015

– The House of Muses, BWA (Bureau of Art Exhibitions), Jelenie Gora

– Pandemic, Piekary Gallery, Poznan

2013

– FAT LOVE (DVD,2009), Eagle Provisions, 628 5th Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

– Residency in Triangle Art Association, New York City, USA

2012

– Object in Possession, 9/11 Art Space Foundation, Poznań, Poland

2011

– Unproductive, ZONA Art Gallery, Łódź, Poland

2010

– SKA, 13 Muz Gallery, Szczecin, Poland

– Kitchen Dynamite, Office d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, Belgium

2009

– Siedmiokilowa Kura, Wozownia Art Gallery, Toruń, Poland

– Chudo, Exchange Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, Piekary Gallery, Poznań, Poland

2007

– 1, Miejska Gallery, Wrocław, Poland

– Tatutita, Nowy Wiek Gallery, Lubuska Land Museum, Zielona Góra, Poland

2006

– Spinka, Piekary Gallery, Poznań, Poland

2005

– K + S =  { 1  ‡  ∀ }, Gallery of Photography and New Media, Gorzów Wielkopolski

– Stomach Gimnastics, Baludzka Gallery, Łódź, Poland

2000

– Polyhydria and Anatomy Lesson, Book Art Museum, Łódź, Poland

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2020

– Art in Action, Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Irlandia

– exhibition within Cyfroteka IV Festival – Święto myśli cyfrowej, Galeria Off Piotrkowska, Łódź

2019

– Bezludzia Ziemia, within project ‘Plastyczność planety’, Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, Warszawa

2018

– SzIT Szkoła Ins Talacji, Szczeciński Loft Kultury, Szczecin

2017

– IX Festiwal Otwarte Miasto/Open City, Lublin

– Poza zasadą przyjemności. Afektywne operacje, Zachęta – Narodowa Galeria Sztuki w Warszawie

– A-geometry. Hans Arp and Poland, National Museum, Poznań

– Uporczywe upodobanie, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin

– performance as a part of exhibition “Preparatory portrait of a Young-Girl”, Plato Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic

– Bad Women, “Zamek” Culture Centre, Poznan

2016

– Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Parade ground, Fort Kochi, India

– Nie no to nie. Sacrilegious activities with sounds, Galeria XXI,Warsaw

– Dotyk / The Touch, Galeria Górna i Dolna BWA,Kielce

– LET IT BURN, Galeria BWA / Miejski Ośrodek Sztuki,Gorzów Wielkopolski

– Anarchy and new art. 100th Anniversary of Dada. Ehxibition of artists of the Faculty of Painting and New Media at Szczecin Academy of Art, Centre of Polish Art, Oronsko

– Miłosny Perfomans, Labyrinth Gallery|Plaza, Lublin

2015

– White is white and black is black, Piekary Gallery, Poznan

– Spacetime (part of 9th. Photography Biennial), “Zamek” Culture Centre, Poznan

– Tak, to to tak. Visual onomatopoeic action, Skład Solny, Cracow

– Retuning. Leszek Knaflewski and Landscapes, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

– State of Life. Polish Contemporary Art within a Global Circumstance, National Art Museum of China, Beijing

– (Don’t) touch! Haptic aspects of polish art after 1945, CSW Toruń

– Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

– O włos! Zamek Culture Centre, Poznań, Poland

2014

– Medialny Stan Wyjątkowy 3: Powrót do szkoły, The Museum of Contemporary Art/part of National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

– Women’s Intimacy Iconography, BWA Zielona Góra, Poland

-SIŁA CZŁOWIECZA NIE ZAKRZYWI ŚWIATŁA, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– KUPALNOCKA, Feminoteka Foundation, Warszawa, Poland

-La Grande Bouffe, Cool Art Café during 25th Festival Couleur Café, Brussels, Belgium

-Mieszane Sztuki Walki, lock-up garages, Poznan

– Niezgodnie z instrukcją, exhibition from the collection of Zachęta Sztuki Współczesnej in Szczecin, The Opole Contemporary Art Gallery, Opole, Poland

2013

– MEDIALNY STAN WYJĄTKOWY II/MEDIALER AUSNAHMEZUSTAND II, The Museum of Contemporary Art/part of National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

– Small is big, Propaganda Gallery, Warszawa, Poland

– Ouroboros, Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, IFoVA inSPIRACJE. genesis, Szczecin, Poland

–  Art Must Be Beautiful, exhibition from collection of Zachęta Sztuki Współczesnej w Szczecinie, The Starak Family Foundation, Spectra Art Space, Warszawa, Poland

– Don’t worry by happy, Galeria Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin, Poland

– Supermarket 2013. Stockholm Independent Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden

– Wunderkammer, Forum Factory, Berlin, Germany

2012/2013

– Correspondences. Modern Art and Universalism, ms2, Łódź, Poland

2012

– Kwiatki bratki i stokrotki, Galeria Wymiany, Łódź, Poland

– Wunderkammer, Polmozbyt edifice, Szczecin, Poland

– In Search of Lost Time, National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

– Exceptional State of Media, Center of Art, El Gallery, Elbląg, Poland

– Exceptional State of Media, National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

– The Festival of  Video Art, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– Thriller, Water Tower Art Gallery, Konin, Poland

– Direct Links, meeting with Aleksandra Ska, OD Nowa Club, Toruń, Poland

– Phanomen Wohlstand, Riesa Efau, Kultur Forum, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany

– In Search of Lost Time, National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

2011

– Parakino, Polish Feminist Cinema, Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland

– 14 Biennale: WRO 2011 Alternative Now, Wrocław, Poland

– ARTVILNIUS’11, Vilnius, Lithuania

– Thriller, BWA Wrocław, Poland

– Nothing is eternally important. Works from the Regional Zacheta Contemporary Art  Collection, Szczecin, Centre of Contemporary Art, Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland

– Art Nobody Has Seen, Leto Gallery, Warszawa, Poland

– Art in Everyday Life, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Ceski Krumlov, Czech Republic

2010

– Coexistence, Tembi Contemporary, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

– The Summer of Youth. Young People in Contemporary Art, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa, Poland

– 10 Day with Neo-Avant-Garde, Scena Gallery and Pałacyk Mysliwski, Koszalin, Poland

– The Belly of Atlas, Atlas Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

– SPORES. Regional Zacheta Contemporary Art  Collection, Szczecin, Poland

– At the Border Line of Academy, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, Poland

– 4th Festival In Out, Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland

– ARTSANTANDER, Art Fair, Santander, Spain

2009

– Epidemic. The Cultural Image of a Disease, Zona Art Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– At the Border Line of Academy, Municipal Centre of Culture, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland

– Urban Legends, Festival of Art in Public Space, Poznań, Poland

– ARTVILNIUS’09, Art Fair, Vilnius, Lithuania

– Slick Contemporary Art Fair, Paris, France

2008

– International Festival of Visual Art – InSpirations: Sacrum Profanum. Beyond Good and Evil, The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, Szczecin, Poland

– Collection of Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, Poland

– Neuer Blick. Junge Polnische Kunst aus der Galerie Piekary, Polnisches Institut Wien, Vienna, Austria

– Mediations Biennale, Voyage Sentimental, National Museum Narodowe, Poznań, Poland

– The Desiring Machines, ZONA Art Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– Shifting Identity, Visual Production Space, Beijing, China

– Berliner Liste, Fair for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

– Asian Gates, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover, Germany

– At the Border Line of Academy, EL Gallery, Elbląg, Poland

2007

– Objecthood, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Miami, USA

– 17 mgnień wiosny, State Art Gallery, Sopot, Poland

– New Work Division: Nonmaterial vs. Slave Labour, Osterreichisches Kulturforum, Warszawa, Poland

– Lilit, Program Gallery, Warszawa, Poland

– Saint Bernadetta, Program Gallery, Warszawa, Poland

– Berliner Liste, Fair for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

– ViennaFair. The International Contemporary Art Fair, Vienna, Austria

– Model ad hoc, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk, Poland

– Przeciąg, Festival of Young Artists, The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, Szczecin, Poland

2006

– Młódź – Identification, BWA Gallery- Bielsko-Biała, Municipal Gallery Arsenał – Poznań, Wozownia Art Gallery- Toruń, Poland

– Her Portrait (Un)Faithful, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– Grünewald 2, Art Center, Łódź, Poland

– L.H.O.O.Q., Piekary Gallery, Poznań, Poland

– Hot/Cold – Summer Loving, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warszawa

2005

– Młódź – Identification, Minicipal Art Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– Ego, Museum of the City of Lodz, Łódź, Poland

– Grünewald, Gallery of Photography and New Media, Gorzów Wielkopolski

2004

– Made in, Foire d’Art Contemporian de Strasbourg Start 2000, Strasbourg, France

– Euroart, Art Biennale, Świnoujście, Poland

– Euroart – Retransmision, National Museum, Szczecin, Poland

– Untitled™, Triennale of Young Artists, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, Poland

Łódź Biennale, Łódź, Poland

2003

– Global Enchantment, Art Supermarket 4, DAP Gallery, Warszawa, Poland

– Youth Design, Institut of Industrial Design, Warszawa, Poland

2001

– Talente, International Competition in Crafts Design and Technology for Junior Craft Person, Munich, Germany

2000

– Eirrings, Gallery Oz – Helsinki, Reykjavik, Gallery Istra – San Sebastian, Gallery Noroestre – Santiago de Compostella, Gallery  Hipotesi – Barcelona, Ofeigur Goldsmith’s and Contemporary Art Gallery – Reykjavik

1999

– Out of Plan, Manhattan Gallery, Łódź, Poland

– Modern Amber Artwork in Late 20th Century, Düsseldorf, Germany

1998

– Installations, Palanga, Lithuania

1996-1997

– Exhibitions After Plain-Air, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, Poland

 

Awards and Scholarships:

2011

– Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship

– Młoda Sztuka Award of Głos Wielkopolski in the field of visual arts, Poznań, Poland

2007

– Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship

– Grand Prix at Przeciąg Festival, Szczecin, Poland 

1999-2000

– Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship

1999

– Award in the Władysław Strzemiński Competition Łódź, Poland (award from Marshal of Łódź Voivodeship)

– Award in the Władysław Strzemiński Competition Łódź, Poland

– Award in the Władysław Strzemiński Competition Łódź, Poland (award from Yes Gallery)

– Grand Prix, International Fair Amberif, Gdańsk, Poland

1998

– Award in the Władysław Strzemiński Competition Łódź, Poland (award from Art and Culture Department of the City of Łódź)

1997

– Smirnoff International Fashion Award, Warszawa, Poland

 

Residencies:

2011

– Art and the Everyday, Egon Schiele Art Centrum, Visegrad Symposium, Ceski Krumlov, Czech Republic

1999

– Harakka, International Weather Vane Seminar, Harakka, Finland

1998

– Interdisciplinary Project Ze sztuką wobec sztuki, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko, Poland