Kasia Sobucka is a producer, curator and founder of Arts Territory, a London-based arts organisation. Her interests focus on the politicised dimensions of identity, the processes through which identities are re/formed and narrated, and the interplay between subjectivities and political histories. Her most recent project ‘The Illusion of Return‘ is a series of newly commissioned works exploring artists’ stories of migration, dealing with the subjects of home and belonging.
‘The Illusion of Return‘ is a project dealing with the subjects of migration, home and belonging through the portrayal and representation of individual stories depicted by participating artists. This project of narratives – drawn from artists journeys and experiences of reversing their process of immigration to the UK – include research, residency and commissioning. The project engages the artists (who have decided to live in the UK) with the ironic injunction to “go back home” – both literally and exploratory. Artists thus take part in a residency in their home countries which focuses on the psychological and emotional aspects of the cultural schisms and contrasts which emerge between the UK and country of origin.
Alicja Rogalska (PL/UK) is an artist living in London and working internationally. Her practice is research-led, interdisciplinary, collaborative and focuses on social structures and the political subtext of the everyday. She mostly works in specific contexts creating situations, performances, videos and installations. Her projects attempt to practise a different political reality here and now, create space for many voices to be heard and to co-exist, whilst collectively searching for emancipatory ideas for the future.
Alicja graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2011) and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw (2006).
She was artist in residence at IASPIS in Stockholm (2017), KulturKontakt in Vienna (2017), MeetFactory in Prague (2016), National University of Colombia in Bogota (2014), Tate Britain (2011-12), attended the Home Workspace programme in Beirut (2013-14) and was an Artsadmin Bursary recipient in London (2016-17).
Joanna Rajkowska (born 1968) is an artist based in London and Nowogród, Poland. A versatile artist, Rajkowska is best known for her work in public space, where she uses real-life situations, energies and materials to construct sites, installations and ephemeral actions. She utilises elements as diverse as plants, found objects, buildings, water, smoke and mirrors. Outcomes range from architectural projects, geological fantasies and excavation sites to underwater sculptures. Both alongside and separately, she produces films, photographs and models.
Her work engages critically with the legacy, politics and aesthetics of Land art and employs unfamiliarity as a political tool. De-familiarizing, de-humanizing and relating are her operating devices. She is interested in the limitations of and the limiting of human activities, multiplicity of agencies and human and non-human relations.
Her public projects include commissions by CCA Zamek Ujazdowski (2007, Oxygenator, Poland), Trafo Gallery (2008, Airways, Hungary), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2009, Ravine, Poland), The Showroom (2010, Chariot, UK), British Council (2010, Benjamin in Konya, Turkey), 7th Berlin Biennale (2012, Born in Berlin, Germany), Royal Society of Arts, Citizen Power Peterborough programme’s Arts and Social Change, Arts Council England (2012, The Peterborough Child, UK), Frieze Projects 2012 (2012, Forcing a Miracle, UK), Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art (2014, Carpet, Sweden) and European Capital of Culture Wrocław (2016, Trafostation, Poland).
As well as commissions, she has realized a number of partisan public projects, most notably Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue in Warsaw (2002) which shaped the unique set of methods Rajkowska employs. The project was to become a major city landmark and has acted as a base for numerous political actions ranging from nurses’ protests to expression of solidarity with Ukraine during its invasion.
Her artwork has been presented in the UK, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden, USA, Bulgaria, Palestine, India, Japan, Turkey and Kenya among others.
Katarzyna Perlak is a multi-media artist of Polish origins, based in London for the past 13 years. Her background is in Philosophy, which she studied in Poland (MA at University of Silesia) and Fine Arts, which she studied in London (BA at Camberwell College of Arts and MA at Slade School of Art). Her practice centres around video, photography and performance and recently expanded to incorporate sound as well as placing more emphasis on sculptural elements and modes of installation.
Politics and feelings drive her work, engaging with intersectional narratives concerning migrant, queer and women’s histories. Autobiographical experiences often form the starting point, which then expand into inter-subjective dialogues, tapping into ideas of collective memory, shared vulnerabilities and desires.
Katarzyna has been working and showing in UK and internationally, developing her practice within and outside of academia – taking part in several art residencies and working collaboratively with numerous London based artists.
Most recently she has been awarded 2018 a-n Artist Bursary and selected as one of the 2017 Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Her work was shown in Block 336, London; BALTIC, Newcastle; Calvert 22, London; Diaspora Pavilion, Venice; BWA Wroclaw, Poland; Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland and several film festivals including 2017 Leeds Queer Film Festival, 2017 Berlin Feminist Film Week and 2016 Flare, London LGBTQ Film Festival.