Marysia Lewandowska is a Polish born artist based in London since 1985 who through her collaborative projects has explored the public function of archives, collections and exhibitions in an age characterized by relentless privatisation.
Throughout 2014/15 she has been Artist in Residence at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. Currently collaborating with Esther Lu, Director of Taipei Contemporary Art Centre (TCAC) on a project and publication Made in Public.
Research has played a central part in all her projects, which include the book The Value of Things (Birkhauser/August 2000), Give & Take at the V & A Museum and Capital (2001) inaugurating Contemporary Interventions series at Tate Modern. Enthusiasm (2004-2006) project has been shown at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Kunst-Werke in Berlin and Tapies Foundation in Barcelona. The film project Screen Tests (2006) featured in the British Art Show 6. Social Cinema (2006) events were made in collaboration with 51% Studios for the London Architecture Biennale. Generosity Broadcasting House (2006) was part of the Protections exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz. Post-production (2008) featured in Manifesta7 in Bolzano. The film Museum Futures: Distributed (2008) was commissioned by Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and Tender Museum (2009), a sound and film installation, is part of the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz.
Her most recent projects engage with questions of ownership and forms of knowledge sharing, including Women’s Audio Archive (2009) at CCS Bard College, NY and Open Hearing (2010) at the Women’s Library, London. Intellectual Property was a subject of How Public is the Public Museum? (2010) at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Subject to Change (2011) explored the history of students’ protests and has been developed in collaboration with Curating Contemporary Art programme for Shadowboxing exhibition at the RCA, London.
Re-Distributed Archive (2011) featured at the Congress of Culture, Wrocław; Publishing in Process. Ownership in Question (2012) collaboration with Laurel Ptak was at Tensta konsthall, Stockholm; Open Cinema (2012) developed with architect Colin Fournier was a public intervention for Guimaraes 2012 European City of Culture, and in 2013 the project was part of Close Closer Architecture Triennale in Lisbon. In 2014 her project Shanghai Exhibition Histories curated by Bilijana Ciric opened at Osage Gallery in Shanghai. In 2015 a new film Triple C. Editing the Century was commisioned by Maria Lind for the Vienna Biennale at the Museum Angewandte Kunst (MAK). Her solo exhibition Re-Negotiation was organised by Adnan Yildiz, director of Artspace, Auckland, NZ.
Forthcoming as part of the 40 years celebration is Unlimited Edition project for Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane.
She has been collaborating with Neil Cummings between 1995 and 2008.
Recent book Undoing Property? co-edited with Laurel Ptak, Sternberg Press 2013 has been launched at The Showroom, London, Miss Read Art Book Fair, Berlin, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm and Casco in Utrecht.
She has been a Professor of Art in the Public Realm at Konstfack in Stockholm 2003-2013, where she established Timeline: Artists’ Film and Video Archive.
During Spring 2014 and Fall 2015 she has been a Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.