Artists’ Bios

Tymek Borowski, is a visual artist: painter, author of 3D graphics, animations, infographics, murals, posters and more complex forms, like abstract digital portraits based on interviews. Born in 1984 in Warsaw; he studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2009).

Between 2008 and 2012 he co-founded a few art collectives and galleries. His works were exhibited at numerous venues in Poland (Warsaw, Białystok, Olsztyn); he participated in group shows at Chamber Gallery, New York; Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland;  Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany; Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy; Depot Basel, Basel, Switzerland; and Bunkier Sztuki gallery, Cracow, Poland; among others.

He sees his works as cultural experiments — prototypes of various pieces of widely understood culture — at the crossing of art, design, and science. Apart from galleries and art institutions, he collaborates with companies, scientific institutions and NGO’s on various projects, from synthesizing and visualizing knowledge, to creating commissioned artworks for ad campaigns. He lives in Warsaw.

Yana Dimitrova is a painter, educator, and designer. Born in 1983 in Bulgaria; she graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, GA (2009).

Her works were exhibited in numerous solo shows, among them: at Walke, Brussels, Belgium; CEC, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects Gallery, New York. She participated in numerous group shows, at NARS, Foundation, Brooklyn; Sofia City Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria; Kunst der Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, Germany; Women Made Gallery, Chicago, Il;

In her work, Dimitrova addresses concepts of space, consisting of hidden or obvious symbols, outlining deliberate tension between the viewer, the process, and the image. Her most recent projects are based on various forms of research and actions: analyzing public space, navigating digital mapping tools, conducting questionnaires.

Janicka & Wilczyk. An artist collective, a duo that came into existence on the occasion of working on Other City. A pair of independent artists who use word and image in their respective practices. Through the combination of common preoccupations (with word, image, history, and the present) as well as of different individual approaches, the Janicka & Wilczyk artist collective have created unique new value in this artistic-archaeological-curatorial project.

Elżbieta Janicka is a humanist, researcher, literature historian, preoccupied with the issues of memory and history, studying them through the key of visual culture as well as through the interpretation and reinterpretation of literary sources. In her photographic practice, fascinated with the experiments of the 1970s avant-garde.

Born 1970 in Warsaw; she graduated from the Université Paris vii Denis Diderot (1994); she studied photography at the Leon Schiller School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź (1995–1998). She received her PhD at the University of Warsaw in 2004.

Author of a monograph on Andrzej Trzebiński, Art or the Nation? (Cracow: Universitas, 2006), and an illustrated essay, Festung Warschau (Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej, 2011). Editor of Wacław Antczak’s apocryphal work, Antoś the Sprayer. The Polish Odysseus. The Most Famous Fighter Against Hitler’s Germany. A Guerrilla Epic Set During the Uprising in Warsaw (Łódź: PWSFTViT, 2008).

Her photographs were presented during solo exhibitions at the Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, ff Gallery, Łódź, Atlas Sztuki gallery, Łódź, and group shows at the Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw.

She is a signatory of the Letter of One Hundred Women to the European Parliament (2002), which demanded an open debate about women’s reproductive rights in Poland. Member of the Programming Council of the ‘Open Republic’ Association Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia.

Wojciech Wilczyk is a photographer, poet, art critic, author of papers and essays on art. Born 1961 in Cracow; he holds a degree in Polish literature from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (1986).

He currently teaches documentary photography at Academy of Photography in Cracow.

His projects were published as photo-books and exhibited at numerous venues as solo shows in Cracow, Katowice, Warsaw, Łódź, et. al. Among the projects are:

Black-and-White Silesia (1999–2003),Life after Life (2004–2007), an anthropological study of the phenomenon of using car wrecks for advertising and decoration; There’s No Such Thing as an Innocent Eye (2006–2008), a typology of the appearance and uses of former synagogues, prayer houses and other Jewish religious buildings in Poland; Kalwaria (1999–2004), a collective portrait of the participants of religious festivals held at the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska place of Catholic pilgrimages.

He has published two poetry volumes: Steppenwolf (Legnica: Centrum Sztuki — Teatr Dramatyczny, 1997), Eternit (Warsaw: Lampa i Iskra Boża, 2002).

In his photographic practice Wilczyk is informed by photo-realism. His visual archive of contemporary Poland — poetic, terrifying, always loaded with meanings and complexities — stands out as one the strongest voices of his generation.

Simona Prives is an artist, designer and educator; she graduated from the Pratt Institute (MFA); she studied printmaking at the Scuola Internazionale De Graphica in Venice, Italy.

Her artwork has been exhibited in New York City, Chicago, Miami, California, Italy, Greece and China. She has been awarded residencies in Venice and Luca, Italy, Berkeley, California, Vermont, New York City, and Greece. She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design, New York University, and CUNY.

Her work draws from the tension between nature and culture; she creates physical and digital collages that focus on the process of decomposition and reconstruction, the dialectic of growth and decay, and that examine the complex relationship between the organic and the man-made.

Łukasz Luka Rayski painter and photographer; born in Warsaw; he studied photography at the Film School in Łódź (2003), he received his MFA in Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2009) and MFA at Parsons School for Design, New York (2014).

His works were already exhibited in numerous venues in Warsaw and New York; he designed posters for variety of events, including film festivals and theatre productions.

He wants his work to share the elegance in which people and objects overcome difficulties and accommodate to unpredictable conditions, such as catastrophes or love.

Jayce Salloum tends to go only where he is invited or where there is an intrinsic affinity, his projects being rooted in an intimate engagement with place(s), and the people that inhabit them. A grandson of Syrian immigrants from the Beqaa Valley (Lebanon) he was born and raised on Sylix (Okanagan) territory in Kelowna, BC. After 22 years living and working in San Francisco, Banff, Toronto, San Diego, Beirut, and New York he has been based in Vancouver the last 20 years. His videotapes, photographs, installations, and other cultural projects engage the personal/subjective, reconfiguring notions of identity, community, history, boundaries, exile, (trans/inter/intra)nationalism and resistance. His work has involved production and facilitation in many locales including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, the former Yugoslavia, Europa, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Central America, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Kamloops, Kelowna, Cumberland House, Vancouver, Aotearoa, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia. He has exhibited pervasively at the widest range of local and international venues possible, from the smallest unnamed storefronts in his dtes (downtown eastside) Vancouver neighbourhood to institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, National Gallery of Canada, Bienal De La Havana, Sharjah Biennial, Biennale of Sydney and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Salloum is a recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and a finalist of the 2016 ScotiaBank Photography Award. He is represented by MKG127, Toronto.

Hrair Sarkissian is a photographer. Born in 1973 and raised in Damascus, he earned his foundational training at his father’s photographic studio, where he spent all his childhood vacations and where he worked full-time for twelve years after high school. In 2010 he completed a BFA in Photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He lives and works in London since 2011.

In 2013 the artist received the Abraaj Group Art Prize. In 2015 was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale as participating artist in the group show Armenity / Hayoutioun. Contemporary Artists from the Armenian Diaspora at the Pavilion of the Republic of Armenia.

He has exhibited internationally in numerous Biennials, and solo and group shows: Istanbul Biennale, Turkey; Asia Pacific Triennial (Brisbane); Tate Modern, London; New Museum, New York; Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico; FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium; et al. His work can be found in major private as well as museum and institutional collections: Fondazione Casa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy; Tate Modern, London; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, and Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE, among others.

Sarkissian’s works revolve around individual and collective memory and identity. Through his work he explores personal memories and his family’s Armenian heritage, while inviting the viewer to consider the paradox between what is made visible and the stories of the past.

Daniel Toretsky is an architect, artist, and academic instructor; originally from Washington, DC, he is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Architecture program at Cornell University in the College of Architecture Art and Planning.

Currently, Daniel is teaching first-year architectural design at Cornell, where he also curates hallway exhibitions and works on projects of his own.

Daniel has also worked at: KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia, PA, 2015; Saunders Arkitektur, Bergen, Norway, 2013; Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP, Washington, DC, 2012, among others.

In his creative practice Toretsky attempts to find ways for establishing local Jewish identity through art.