Joanna Warsza co-curating the Polish pavilion at Venice Biennale 2022

7 oktober 2021

The Polish pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022 will be co-curated by Joanna Warsza, CuratorLab course director at Konstfack, and Wojtek Szymanski featuring the work of Polish-Romani artist and activist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas.

Left: Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, “Esma Redźepova,“ 2021, from the cycle: "Herstories"
Right: Wojtek Szymanski, Joanna Warsza, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

The jury of the competition for the curatorial project convened in a session at Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw on 28 September 2021, and issued the following statement:

"Having reviewed the submitted projects and after a long and in-depth discussion, the jury selected in an open two-stage vote the project by Małgorzata Mirga-Tas’s “Re-enchanting the World”, proposed by curators Wojciech Szymański and Joanna Warsza to be carried out. The Jury noted the project’s unusually attractive visual form (opening the pavilion to a wider audience) combined with an original and deliberate ideological concept ‘proposing a new narrative about the constant migration of images and mutual influences between Roma, Polish and European cultures’. The project intertwines in a creative way the artist’s personal experience and local stories with, among others, the tradition of Renaissance wall painting, at the same time combining private iconography with symbolism and allegory from centuries ago."