Agnieszka Brzeżańska (b. 1972, Gdańsk, Poland) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (1992–1995) and later in Warsaw (1995–1997), as well as at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music (1998–2001). Received scholarships from the DAAD (Berlin, 2008–2009), the Collegium Helveticum (Zurich/ETH, 2004), the Büchsenhausen (Innsbruck, 2005), and the Japanese government (1998–2001, Tokyo).
Agnieszka Brzeżańska’s work explores elusive links between various natural forces and life forms on Earth, which she perceives as Gaia, a living organism. In this, she uses various registers of knowledge, from physics and philosophy to systems of cognition marginalized by modern science, such as alchemy, parapsychology, esotericism, native knowledge or matriarchal traditions. She is also interested in contemporary ecological practices. She is an author of paintings, drawings, films, photographs and ceramics. Since 2016, together with artist Ewa Ciepielewska, she has been organizing a mobile artistic residency on water under the title ”FLOW/PRZEPŁYW.”
Her works have been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, such as “So Remember the Liquid Ground,” eastcontemporary, (Milan 2021), “World National Park” at Królikarnia The National Museum, (Warsaw 2019/2020), “Matrix-Sratrix,” Kasia Michalski (Warsaw, 2016), “Ma Terra,” Vera Munro (Hamburg, 2015–2016), “This All Occurs Quickly, With Ease, Grace and Joy,” Marlborough Contemporary (London, 2015), “Ziemia rodzinna/Ma Terra,” Contemporary Museum Wrocław (Wrocław, 2014), “Kobayashi Maru,” Nanzuka (Tokyo, 2014), “A Painting Cycle,” Nomas Foundation (Rome, 2012), “Back to the Garden,” Galerie Kamm (Berlin, 2012), “Cosmic Equation,” Kunsthaus Baselland (Basel, 2010), “Galactic Resonance,” Hotel (London, 2010), “Playlist,” DAAD Galerie (Berlin, 2010), as well as group exhibitions, including “Art Encounters Biennial 2021: Our Other Us”, (Timișoara 2021), “Emma Kunz Cosmos Aargauer Kunsthaus, (Aarau 2021),”Atlas of Modernity. The 20th and 21st Art Collection” Muzeum Sztuki, (Łódź 2021), “Biennale Gherdeina,” (Ortisei 2020), “The Penumbral Age. Art in the Time of Planetary Change”, Museum of Modern Art, (Warsaw 2020), “Volcano Extravaganza”, (Stromboli 2019), “Cosmological Arrows,” Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm, 2019), “Paint, Also Known As Blood. Women, Affect, and Desire in Contemporary Painting,” Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw, 2019), “Celebration”, Kyoto Art Center, (Kyoto 2019), “Pangea United” Muzeum Sztuki (Łódź, 2019), “How to Talk With Birds, Trees, Fish, Shells, Snakes, Bulls and Lions,” Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, 2018), “Goddesses,” BWA Warszawa (Warsaw, 2018). In 2018, she participated in the 10th edition of the Berlin Biennale. Later that year, she received the main prize from the ING Polish Art Foundation during the Warsaw Gallery Weekend.
Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Snaky Fingers, 2017, glazed ceramics, 15x40x40 cm. Photo credit: Szymon Rogiński. Courtesy of the artist.