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Avant-garde for Insects

This film was made during the pandemic that impact on the entire world. The letter addressed to a bee is read out loud, as if it were a trace in a bottle left for posterity. A dystopia is envisioned, and works of modern art are hung on the walls of an old dollhouse. It pays homage to the avant-garde, and I can feel the author's strong message of reflection on human civilization and empathy for other species.


Joanna Rajkowska, born in 1968, Bydgoszcz, Poland, is an artist based in Warsaw and London Member of Krytyka Polityczna editorial board and Civic Forum For Contemporary Art. Represented by l’étrangère Gallery, London. Rajkowska studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków, Poland, graduating with a Master’s Degree in mural painting in 1993, having already obtained an MA in History of Art from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków a year earlier. She extended her education at the State University of New York, participating in the Studio Semester Programme in 1994 and 1995. A versatile artist, Rajkowska is best known for her work in public space, where she uses real-life situations, energies, organisms and materials to construct sites, installations and ephemeral actions. She utilises elements as diverse as plants, buildings, found objects, water, smoke or sound. Her work has been presented in the UK, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden, USA, Bulgaria, Palestine, India, Japan, Turkey and Kenya among others. Her public projects include commissions by Frieze Sculpture 2019 (2019, The Hatchling, UK), United Nations Environment Programme (2019, Death of the Palm Tree, Poland), European Capital of Culture Wrocław (2016, Trafostation, Poland), 7th Berlin Biennale (2012, Born in Berlin, Germany) etc..

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Semba Excel Building

Senba Excel Building 4F, 3-2-11 Kyutaromachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 541-0056

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