Artur Żmijewski

(b. 1966) is a Polish artist currently based in Warsaw and Berlin.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. A stipendist of DAAD, he took part in the artist-in-residence program in Berlin. He won a prestigious Ordway Prize in 2010 and was also awarded by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per L’Arte (2000). He works with photography, video, documentary film and social experiments. His main interest is the relationship between art and politics as well as social issues such as political engagement, activism and exclusion. His solo exhibitions were held at MoMA New York (2010), Basis voor Actuele Kunst in Utrecht (The Social Studio, 2008), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Ausgewählte Arbeiten, 2007) and Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (Game Of Tag, 2006). Artur Żmijewski represented Poland at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and took part in documenta 12 (2007). He is currently artistic director of the Krytyka Polityczna magazine and was recently appointed general curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale.

Auditorium Moscow will show Artur Żmijewski’s well-known multi-monitor installation Democracies, which continues the project of mapping a polyphonic and even chaotic image of political mass movements today. A screening will also present Żmijewski’s film They (2010), which documents a provocative social experiment by the artist in which he held a series of workshops together with representative of the ultra-right and the ultra-left in contemporary Poland.