Grzegorz Stefański, born in 1983 in Czluchow (PL), lives and works in Warsaw and London where he is currently an artist in residence at Sarabande Foundation. He concluded his artistic education at The Slade School of Fine Art in London and Mirosław Bałka’s Studio of Spatial Activities in Warsaw. Before attending art school, he earned master’s degree in philosophy, run music radio show and made his artistic debut in with solo exhibition during Cracow Photomonth Festival in 2010. Author of video installations, films, photographs and performances. His artistic practice is located at the nexus of psychology, performance and film, primarily concerned with identity and the politics of embodiment. The themes he has investigated include cultural determinants of masculinity, vulnerability, micro-choreographies of violence and care, private history recorded in one's body and the legacy of European cinematography. In 2017 he won the Ivan Juritz Prize in London and the Grand Prix at the Biennale of Young Art in Poland. He has exhibited his works at the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2018), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2018), Ujazdowski Castle Centre of Contemporary Art (2018), Manifesta 11 in Zurich (2016), Pastificio Cerere Foundation in Rome (2014) and the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in New York (2010). He has collaborated, among others, with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw (2016), National Museum in Warsaw (2017), and Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Cracow (2018).



Contact
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Education

2018 MA Fine Art, Slade School of Fine Art, London
2016 Masters in Miroslaw Balka Studio of Spatial Activities, Academy of Art, Warsaw
2013 Undergraduate degree in Photography, University of Arts in Poznan, Poland
2008 Masters in Philosophy, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

Residencies

2019 (Upcoming) Cove Park Residency, Scotland
2019 (On now) Artist in residence at Sarabande Foundation in London
2018 Visegrad Fund Visual and Sound Arts Residency, INI Project, Prague
2018
Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art Residency, Ustka, Poland
2018
Artists Development Programme residency, Luxembourg
2017 Ivan Juritz Prize Residency, Cove Park, Scotland

2017 residency in Królikarnia/National Museum in Warsaw
2015 residency at Apollonia Foundation, Strasburg, France


Awards

2018 Project Room Award, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (nominated)
2018 The 13th Busan International Video Art Festival, Busan
2018 Kenneth Armitage Foundation Post-graduate Prize, London (shortlisted)
2017 Ivan Juritz Prize, London (winner)

2017 The Biennale of Young Polish Art, Ustka (Grand Prix)
2017 Margherita and Mario Crema Travel Award, London (shortlisted)
2016 Felix Slade Award, London (winner) 2016 Short Waves Festival, Poznan (shortlisted)

2014 Digital_ia Festiwal, Poland (2nd prize)

Solo Exhibitions

2019 (Upcoming) Sarabande Foundation, London


2018 the third pier, Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Ustka
2018 spill, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
2017 choke, L’étrangère Gallery, London
2016 do-over, New Theatre, Warsaw

2015 new face, Lookout Gallery, Warsaw

2014 go-see, Zpafiska Gallery, Cracow

2010 emptybottles, Goldex-Poldex Gallery, Cracow

Group Exhibitions & Screenings

2019

(Upcoming) Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Centre Pompidou, Paris

2018

Can you feel it?, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cracow
Narracje #10, Gdańsk
The 13th Busan International Video Art Festival, Busan
Artists Developement Programme, Luxembourg
Slade Graduate Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London
Departament of Presence, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
Open Screenings, Whitechapel Gallery, London

2017

Slade Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London

Young Art Biennale Fish Eye 9, Ustka
Clinic //2, The London Design Festival

Brave or Stupid, performance, Morskie Oko Park, Warsaw

Survival festiwal, Wrocław
Summer Brake, Salon Akademii gallery, Warsaw

Short Wave Film Festiwal, screening, Poznań

Nothing Happens, The Fort Institute of Photography, Warsaw

Have You Seen This Women, Chalton Gallery, London

On Primrose Hill, group show, Primrose Hill, London

Authentic Tongues, Bloomsbury Theatre, London


2016

Work Work Work, Leipzigerstrasse 63 – Berlin / Marszałkowska street 19 – Warsaw

Visual Spa, Blue Tower, Warsaw

Is There Somewhere?, delegated performance, Manifesta 11, Zurich

Studio for Students: Video Art Now, Studio Gallery, Warsaw

Short Waves Festival, screening, Poznań
Wola Warm+Up, group show at Wola Musem, Warsaw


2015

Team, Salon of Academy Gallery, Warsaw
Exquisite Corps of Polish Photography, BWA Avangard Gallery, Wrocław
Does on your island night begins later?, Gdansk Shipyard, Gdańsk
Mimicry, National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

Just between us, those videos are very serious ones, BWA Zielona Góra Gallery
The memory of a crying tree (...), WRO Media Art Bienalle, Wrocław

2014

Myths. Students/Artists/Teachers. A process of exchange Fondazione Pasti cio Cerere Gallery, Rome
No yawning, New Theatre, Warsaw

inSpirations Festival, group show, 13Muz Gallery, Szczecin
darkroom, action performed in Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Cracow
Just between us, those videos are very serious ones, 1A Collective, Poznań
Digital_ia Festival, group show, 13 Muz Gallery, Szczecin

2013

Hole, group show, TRAFO Gallery, Szczecin

2011

NY Art Book Fair, MoMa PS1, New York

Second Annual Zine and Self-Published Photo Book Fair, New York

Publish yourself!, Czułość Gallery, Warsaw

Artist talks, lectures, publications 


2019

balance disorders, conversation with Szymon Żydek published in {Project Room} 2018, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw 2019, p.38-62, ISBN 978-83-65240-51-4
guest lectureship in Miroslaw Balka Studio of Spatial Activity, Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw

2018

restraint essay published in Textual Practice Journal, January 2018, Vol.32(1), p.15-23
artist talk at l’etrangere gallery with Assistant Curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London
In conversation with Beata Jewiarz and Szymon Żydek for RDC radio [podcast, PL]
In conversation with Patrycja Wanat and Szymon Żydek for radio TOK FM [podcast, PL]

2013-2014 associate photography tutor, Academy of Photography, Warsaw

2012 guest chief editor of Como Magazine #3

Bibliography

2019

{Project Room} 2018, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw 2019, p. 38-62, ISBN 978-83-65240-51-4

2018

Anthropometry: For Repetition And Failure, catalogue of The 13th Busan International Video Art Festival, p.26-27, 38-39
Joseph Constable on choke, solo show at l’etrangere gallery London, Blok Magazine
Boosting Your Talent, book reviewing six editions of Artist Development Programme, European Investment Bank institute, Luxembourg, p.116-119, ISBN 978-92-861-3865-2

2015

Team, exhibition catalogue, curated by And a Rottenberg, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, ISBN 978-83-63594-84-8
Mimicry, exhibition catalogue, curated by Prot Jarnuszkiewicz, ISBN 978-8362256-21-1

2014 Inspirations Festival catalogue, Szczecin, ISBN 978-83-61233—87-9

2011 Rough Cut, edited by Rafał Milach, Institute of Visual Culture, Warsaw

2010 Gazeta Wyborcza, review of Photomonth Festival in Cracow by Dorota Jarecka, May 2010