Aneta Szylak


Aneta Szylak - curator and art theorist, co-founder and currently director of Wyspa Institute of Art - the intellectual environment for contemporary visual culture - in the former Gdansk Shipyard premises in Poland and Vice-President of the Wyspa Progress Foundation.

In 1998, Ms Szylak founded with Grzegorz Klaman the Laznia (Bathhouse) Centre for Contemporary Art and was its Director until spring 2001. Her exhibitions are characterised by a strong response towards the cultural, political, social, architectural and institutional specificity and include in 2008: „Translate: The Impossible Collection" at Wyspa, „Chosen" in Digital Art Lab in Holon (Israel) in collaboration with Gali Eilat in 2006: Ewa Partum: The Legality of Space at Wyspa and a group show You won’t feel a thing: On Panic, Obsession, Rituality and Anaesthesia in Kunsthaus Dresden and Artur Zmijewski: Selected Works at Wyspa. Dockwatchers [2005, Wyspa], Palimpsest Museum [2004, I Lodz Biennale], Health & Safety [2004, Wyspa], Architectures of Gender [2003, SculptureCenter, New York], All You Need is Love [2000, CCA Laznia].

Her writings have been published in Aprior Magazine, n.paradoxa, Art Journal, ArtKrush, Art Margins. In 2005, she was given the Jerzy Stajuda Award "for independent and uncompromising curatorial practice". She has lectured at many art institutions and universities, including New School University, Queens College and New York University, both in NYC and worked as a guest professor at the Akademie der Bildende Kunste in Mainz, Germany.

Currently she is writing her PhD thesis at Copenhagen Doctoral School Copenhagen University and Goldsmiths College in London.

Aneta Szylak was guest of workshop and lecture series The Producers organized by Kunsthalle Budapest in cooperation with ACAX.