KATARZYNA ZIMNA 

Artist and researcher, born in Lodz, Poland. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Lodz, Faculty of Graphic Art and Painting (2002), and Faculty of Visual Education (2004). She obtained her PhD from the School of Art and Design, Loughborough University, UK in 2010. Her research focuses on the role of play/game as a concept in art theory and philosophy, and a model for artistic creation in modern and postmodern art. Participant in numerous national and international exhibitions. She explores intersections of aesthetics and everyday life using the medium of print as a primary conceptual tool. Her practice also includes painting, textile and object art. Since 2011 assistant professor at the Institute of Architecture of Textiles at the Lodz University of Technology. 

Katarzyna Zimna ukończyła studia na Wydziale Grafiki i Malarstwa oraz na Wydziale Edukacji Wizualnej Akademii Sztuk Pięknych im. Wł. Strzemińskiego w Łodzi (dyplomy z wyróżnieniem, 2002 r. i 2004 r.). W latach 2005–2010 studiowała  w Loughborough University School of Art and Design w Wielkiej Brytanii, gdzie obroniła pracę doktorską na temat gry/zabawy jako pojęcia w estetyce i strategii twórczej w sztuce modernizmu i postmodernizmu. Od 2011 roku pracuje na stanowisku adiunkta w Instytucie Architektury Tekstyliów Politechniki Łódzkiej.

Główny nurt jej twórczości związany jest z technikami druku, zwłaszcza linorytu, traktowanymi jako sposób myślenia i punkt wyjścia do poszukiwań w zakresie sztuki obiektu, tkaniny artystycznej czy malarstwa. W swojej pracy naukowej i w twórczości artystycznej bada rolę gry/zabawy jako kluczowego elementu ponowoczesnej estetyki.

 

EDUCATION

PhD in Contemporary Art Theory, 2010 

Loughborough University, School of Art and Design, UK, Thesis: Play in the Theory and Practice of Art

MFA in Visual Education, 2004

Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Lodz, Poland, Specialization: Art education

MFA in Fine Arts, 1997-2002

Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Lodz, Poland, Specialization: Printmaking and Painting

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

since 09.2011: Assistant Professor, Institute of Architecture of Textiles, Technical University of Lodz

2010/11: Teaching Assistant, Studio of Painting and Drawing, Faculty of Visual Arts, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Lodz, 3-months work placement

2009/10: Dissertations Tutor, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University, UK

2003 – date: Freelance Designer, Illustrator & Desktop Publisher

Spring 2005: Teaching Assistant, Studios of Drawing and Printmaking, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Lodz, work placement

1997 – 1999: Freelance Journalist, Gazeta Wyborcza, Kalejdoskop, Tygiel Kultury, Art&Business, Poland: reviews from exhibitions and artistic events, illustrations

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

"Contemporary Art - BEYOND", group show, Gallery Bayer, Stara Zagora, Bulgary

Wielość brzmień, group show, Biblio-Art Gallery, Lodz

3 International “Enter into Art” Installations 2017, group show, Cologne, Kulturbunker Cologne-Mülheim; Nassau: Municipal Museum of Nassau; Diez, Cultural Center “House Eberhard”, Germany (catalogue)

Nasty Women Exhibition, group show, Byker Community Centre, Newcastle, UK

2016

Podwójna natura (The Double Nature), solo show (with Aleksandra Wereszka), Biblio-Art Gallery, Lodz (folder, poster)

Memo, solo show, Balucka Gallery, Lodz (folder, poster)

The 2nd Jogja International Miniprint Biennale 2016, juried show, Sangkring Art. Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 

Relation in Print #2, group show, Miracle Print, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

8th International Printmaking Biennial Douro 2016, Portugal (catalogue)

12th Gielniak Graphic Arts Competition, juried show, Muzeum Karkonoskie in Jelenia Góra, (catalogue)

Printed Matter: Katarzyna Zimna and the students of Design from the Lodz University of Technology, Faculty of Graphic Arts, University of Zagreb,

Zagreb, Croatia

2015

Autographic, solo show, Amcor Gallery, Lodz, Poland (catalogue)

Colouring Book, solo show, Sanshang Art Gallery, Hangzhou, China

7. International Print Biennial Splitgraphic 2015, juried show, Old City Hall, Split, Croatia

International Print Biennial Varna 2015, juried show, City Art Gallery "Boris Georgiev", Varna, Bulgary

Global Print 2015, Alijo, Portugal

Bałuty XXI, exhibition-action, Wojska Polskiego, Lodz

2014

Getto XXI,group show, Monopolis,Lodz


14th EuropeanBiennial Competition for Graphic Art, City Museum of Brugge, Belgium


Exhibition of Textile Miniatures from the collection of the Museum of City of Gdynia, Kunstlerhaus Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany


12th Gielniak Graphic Arts Competition, Art Gallery in Bydgoszcz; Art Gallery in Legnica


15th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms – Lodz’13, juried show, The Municipal Art Gallery in Lodz, Poland, (catalogue)

Milagro/ Cud, group show, National Gallery, San Jose, Costa Rica; Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz

2013

Tetris - graphics and objects, solo show, Gallery of Contemporary Art Chłodna 20, Suwałki

9th International Baltic Mini Textile Triennial, juried show, Museum of the City of Gdynia, Gdynia, (catalogue)

9th Biennial of Painting Miniature, juried show “Wozownia” Gallery, Torun, (catalogue)

      Przebieralnia / Dressing Room / Vestuario, solo show, Escuela Superior De Diseno de la Rioja (Esdir), Logroño, Spain

Art-Object-Registration 5, group show, 5th Art and Documentation Festival , Miejski Punkt Kultury Prexer, Lodz, (poster)

12th Gielniak Graphic Arts Competition, juried show, Muzeum Karkonoskie in Jelenia Góra, (catalogue)

2012

Back to the Avant-garde, group show, 4 Coultures Festival, Zielona 1, Lodz

Open Show, group show, Special Economic Zone, Lodz

2011

The 9th National Quadrennial of Woodcut and Linocut, juried show, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Olsztyn, Poland, (catalogue)

Night with a Master, group show, 4 Coultures Festival, Piortkowska 118, Lodz, Poland

4th National L. Meidner Printmaking Contest, juried show, Olesnica, Poland (honorary mention)

Wasser und Licht, group show, Gallerie am Kietz, Oder-Schwedt, Germany, (catalogue)

The 14th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms – Lodz’11, juried show, The Municipal Art Gallery in Lodz, Poland, (catalogue)

us, the inheritors? Legacy of Wladyslaw Strzeminski in the theoretical and artistic output of the tutors and students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, group show, Kobro Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, (catalogue)

Education, solo show at the Faculty of Visual Arts Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz

Presentation of paintings from the series 'Promised land' at the online gallery of the first issue of the journal Re-Visions (School of the Arts, Loughborough University, UK) http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/sota/research/re-visions/OnlineGallery.html

2010

The Michalik Triennial of Young Polish Painting, The Municipal Gallery, Czestochowa, Poland, (catalogue)

2009

Grand Prix Young Polish Graphic Art Krakow 2009, The Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland, (catalogue)

2008

The 13th International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms – Lodz’08, juried show, The Municipal Art Gallery in Lodz, Poland, (catalogue)

2007

Katarzyna Zimna and Ludovic De Vita, Echange Symetrique project, Museum of Cinematography, Lodz

Katarzyna Zimna et Jean-Robert Franco, les Ateliers Portes Ouvertes, Association Le Genie de la Bastille, Atelier rue Gobert, Paris, France

Open Show, City Gallery, Leicester, UK

The 9th National Quadrennial of Woodcut and Linocut, juried show Gallery of Contemporary Art, Olsztyn, Poland, (catalogue)

2006

The playground, solo show, Balucka Gallery, Lodz (folder, poster)

Polish-German project – The Tower of Babel, group show, the Municipal Gallery of Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland

2005

1st International Biennial Exhibition of Ex-Libris and Small Graphic Forms Europe in Signs, juried show, Collegium Europaeum Gnesnense, Gniezno, Poland (catalogue)

International d’art miniature, Presbytere Saint-Nicolas, Quebec, Canada

2004

Miniprint Finland 2004 – 5th International Miniprint Triennial, Lahti, juried show, Art Museum, Lahti, Finland, (catalogue)

Grafik&Textile – Exhibition of works from Workshops of Textile and Printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, group show, Polish Institute, Leipzig, Germany

3rd Lessedra World Art Print – Miniprint, juried show, The National Palace of Culture, Sophia, Bulgary, (catalogue)

Egeria 2004 – 12 Polish Art Presentation, juried show, Powiatowa Galeria Sztuki, Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland, (CD, folder)

Collaboration, Kolaboracja, Samarbeid, group shows, Gallery of the J.Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA; Galleri fiSk, Bergen, Norwey, Teatr Miejski, Sieradz, Poland

2003

The 8th National Quadrennial of Woodcut and Linocut, juried show Gallery of Contemporary Art, Olsztyn, Poland, (catalogue)

5th Biennial of Painting Miniature, juried show “Wozownia” Gallery, Torun, (catalogue)

6 roots of temptation, exhibition of Koncept Association, group shows: Mazowieckie Centrum Kultury, Warsaw; Balucka Gallery, Lodz, (folder)

 

GRANTS

01. 2016 Teaching staff mobility Ceepus scholarship, University of Zagreb, Croatia

05. 2013 Teaching staff mobility Erasmus scholarship,  Esdir, Logroño, Spain

11.2010 Conference Grant, Ministry of Culture, Spain

2007/08 – 2008/09 Loughborough University Studentship

06.2009 LUSAD Travel Grant (Venice Biennale)

04.2006 and 02.2005 Ministry of Flemish Community Frans Masereel Residency Fellowship, fully funded 3 week residencies at Centrum voor Grafiek Frans

Masereel, Kasterlee, Belgium

2004 Support stipend for a one month stay at Can Serrat International Art Center, El Bruc, Spain

 

CONFERENCES/PUBLICATIONS

09. 2015 Autographic: Play with the graphic medium in a post-print age, paper, Impact 9 International Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking Conference, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Chiny, publisher: caapress, China Academy of Art, 2015, ISBN:978-7-5503-0957-9

12. 2014 Time to Play: Action and Interaction in Contemporary Art, book, I.B. Tauris, London, New York, ISBN: 978 1 78076 303 3

06. 2013 Tricksters lead the Game, chapter in a book: Trickster Strategies in the Artists' and Curatorial Practice, Edited by Anna Markowska, Polish Institute of World Art Studies & Tako Publishing House Warsaw–Toruń 2013, ISBN 978-83-62737-26-0

01. 2013 Light and Weighty, Text in a solo show publication "Rescue Kite" by Mark Selby, Institute of Jamais Vu, London

12. 2012 'The plush darkness': Play and the Sublime in Recent Participatory Art, chapter in book: The Sublime Today: Contemporary readings in the Aesthetic, Gillian Pierce (Ed.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2012, ISBN (10): 1-4438-4189-7, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4189-4

03. 2012 The green magic of recycling, feature article in Sculpture Magazine, US

06.04.2010 Symposium on Wl. Strzeminski's idea of the 'functional city', lecture, The role of artists in the art of city making, Kobro Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, abstract published in the exhibition catalogue

10.11.2010 The European Congress of Aesthetics, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain, paper, The Criterion of Play, published in a book: “Societies in crisis, aesthetics perspectives for Europe”.

08.2010 Artist – the Game Master, essay, Stimulus-Respond online journal, (issue 08.2010, ‘Master’)

17.03.2010 The Silent Language: Culture in Creative Research, Postgraduate Student Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, paper: Role-Playing Games of Participatory Art. The aesthetic dimension of metacommunication

16–19.09.2009 IMPACT 6 International Printmaking Conference, Bristol, UK, Play of layers and matrices in non-digital printmaking, academic poster presentation, abstract in the conference publication

17.06.2008 LUSAD Postgraduate Conference, paper, Artist the Player: Freedom and Frames

 

MEMBERSHIP: 

YWEA - Young Female Enterpreneurs Association, since 2011

Koncept Artists Association, since 2000


 

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