The works of Zorka Wollny inhabit a space between art, theatre and contemporary music and are closely connected to the historic and functional context of specific architectural sites. Wollny understands architecture not simply as a material figuration, but rather as a cognitive space dependent on movement, an expression of cultural conditions and a scene of performative interventions. Following a critical interest in cultural codes, gestures and structural modes of behavior, which she observes e.g. in art production and reception and in environments of post-industrial work, she develops choreographic live-performances and concerts. The production of Wollny’s projects is based on a collaborative procedure and is often accompanied by public rehearsals and workshops.
Zorka Wollny (born 1980, Kraków, Poland) lives and works in Berlin. Her works have been shown in several contemporary art institutions in Poland, and she has participated in international exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2014; Academy of Arts, Berlin, 2013; Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, 2012; Abteiberg Museum, Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2012; Turner Contemporary, Margate, 2011; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, 2011; Carrara International Sculpture Biennale, 2010; Z33, Hasselt, 2010; Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 2009; and Royal College of Art, London, 2009. Wollny is a lecturer at Szczecin Art Academy.
Residents from Poland
Didier William is a painter and printmaker. His objects are collaged, carved, painted, and drawn to produce a painting surface that resists the rigidity of his materials. He draws from memory, oratory and historical archives to reimagine narratives of the black diaspora.
Didier William is originally from Port-au-prince, Haiti. He received his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art; The Fraenkel Gallery, San Fransisco; Frederick and Freiser Gallery, New York; and Gallery Schuster, Berlin. He was an artist in residence at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, and has taught at Yale School of Art, Vassar College, Columbia University, and SUNY Purchase. William is currently the Chair of the MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.