PRZEMEK BRANAS

photo: Yulia Krivich, 2019
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I was born in 1987. I come from the city of Jarosław but I live and work in Warsaw. I operate on the intersection of many media including performance, video, and installation. I am never satisfied with any single material or aesthetic. I find it more inspiring to borrow and accommodate diverse cultural codes. While I like to tell stories, what captures my imagination more than the story itself is how it is constructed: its invisible joints, all its cracks, gaps, and folds. My practice treads the line between the core and the periphery, objects and their performativity, voyeurism and subjects which emerge in motion.

I like to think of myself as an artisan, a figure of the Enlightenment turn, the producer of tangible forms at my workshop, a 19 th century ethnographer or researcher browsing through archives, compiling materials and collecting affects, bringing them into the fold of contemporary motifs. I like to explore social contexts. Even if political rebellion has spent the last of its resources, I believe that artists should pick on the social body, irritate the public, reveal what has been repressed, including fears and traumas, desires and wants.

Rather than annihilating all existing representations, artists should expand and transform them, engage in subversive thinking and turn it into an instrument of identitarian emancipation. In this sense, from the perspective of neopoetic metaphor, my projects are like islands, autonomous creations which exist for their own sake even as they are part of archipelagos and multi-tiered constellations. They represent a complete narrative whose meanings never stop emerging from the intertwined fabric. Now their structure looks like a Baroque patchwork, now more like a Chinese box. The Deleuzian notion of rhizome speaks to me, as does Bernard Stiegler’s concept which suggests that technics is inorganic organised matter, a substitute or prosthetic for body and bodies. I focus on the transformation of static relations into performative action but what I find genuinely interesting is all the states in between.

Przemek Branas

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

   2020

   2019

I Is Somebody Else, Centrala Space, Birmingham, England


 I Wanna Be Your Colonizer, Gdańsk City Gallery, Gdańsk, PL


 

  2018

Moonrise, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, PL

Mountain Cosmos Head, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, PL

  2017

Just a Dick/ Kawał Chuja, Grey House Gallery, Cracow, PL

 

Ten Guys in One Car, Sesama Gallery, Yogjakarta, Indonesia

  2016

The birth of Black and White, Księgarnia|Wystawa, Kraków, PL
 

 Worh–shop, Contemporary Art Center, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL
 

Masters Peasants Peasants Masters, (with K.Radziszewski) , BWA Sokół,Nowy Sącz, PL
 

Untitled, Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic


  2014

Hiccup, Gallery Re, MOCAK, Cracow, curator E.Tatar
  

  2013

M.O.R.O, Wschodnia Gallery, Łódź, PL


(nie)swój/(non)own, Gdańska Galeria Miejska, Gdańsk, PL


  2010

mapa (nie)pamięci, with S, Galon, Instytut Sztuki Wyspa, Gdańsk, PL

RESIDENCY

2018  Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

2018  Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, PL

2017  Terra Foundation for American Art, Giverny, France

2017  Sesama Gallery, Yogjakarta, Indonesia

2016  Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic,
2011  Spektartulum , Posneck, Germany 

 

AWARDS

2017  2nd prize Spojrzenia/Views Deutsche Bank and Zachęta National Gallery Prize, Warsaw, PL

2016  1st prize in Foundtation Grey House, Grey House Gallery, Cracow, PL

2015 Laureate of competition Telo kao rezim/Body as a regime, Belgrad, Serbia

 

EDUCATION


2019  PhD, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Studies, Multimedia Department at the University of Art in Poznan, PL

2013  M.A, Academy of Fine Arts, Intermedia Department, Performance Art Studio Cracow, PL

2010  Most/Bridge Grant in artist Grzegorz Klaman, Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, PL

2011  B.A- Academy of Fine Arts, Cracow, Poland, Intermedia Department, Performance Art Studio 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

  2021

Open Departments / Closed Departments, Central Museum of Textiles, Łódź, PL

Disassembly, KMO Katowice, PL

 

  2020

Milk me sugar, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok, PL

Tropical  sun dream, Tatra Museum, Zakopane, PL

 

  2019

Three Plagues, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, PL


  2018

Waiting For Another Comming, Contemporary Art  Centre, Vilnus, Lithuania

 

  2017 

Spojrzenia Deutsche Bank Award Exhibition, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, PL

7th Young Triennial in Orońsko, Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko, PL

  2016
participation in the project devoted to the artist Moshe Kupferman, BWA Tarnów, Gdańsk City Gallery, Gdańsk, PL

Masters Peasants Peasants Masters (alongside Karol Radziszewski), BWA Sokół, Nowy Sącz, PL

 

performance I Keep on Casting Geometric Shadows, Studio Gallery, Warsaw, PL

Communis – Renegotiating Community, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, PL


Midnight Show, BWA Wrocław, PL


City.Cutout, BWA Tarnów PL


 Untitled, performance, Return to the Island of South: Beyond the Boundary, Aisa / Europe, Kaohsiung and Tainan, Taiwan

Untitled, performance The 10th GUYU ACTION Performance Art Festival Shenzen, China


Untitled, performance, Embodied Action, Enacted Bodies CCCD Artspace - Green Wave Art, Hong Kong


Fight for a fire, GreyHouse Gallery, Cracow, PL

  2015

Ars moriendi, BWA Tarnów, PL


  2014

performance day,Domin(a)ction of space II, Contemporary Art Centre, Ujazdowski Castle, Warszawa, PL


performance Domin(a)ction of space I, Turbine Hale, Giswill, Switzerland
 

LOVE, PGS Gallery, Sopot, PL

  2013

performance Draft, PERFORMANCES POLONAISES -Le Lieu, centre en art actuel, Quebec City, Canada


  2011

XIII’International Performance Festival „Interakcje” Piotrków Trybunalski, PL


  2010

Epaf International Perfrmance Festival,Contemporary Art Center, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL


 

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