Sława Harasymowicz’s practice considers the relationships between text and meaning, word and context, art and language, (missing) images and imagination. Drawn to discontinuity and incompleteness, in her current work Harasymowicz concentrates on the tensions within and across personal and collective memory, history and the present. 

Using installation, drawing, photography, print and moving image, Harasymowicz realises her autobiographically navigated projects as relatively episodic, institutional, and gallery-based presentations. Often supported by periods of extensive, highly subjective archival research, her ‘project work’ develops in parallel to her on-going studio-based, material, and more ephemeral investigations.

Work in progress forms next stage in several years of exhibitions and research circulating around the same subject, and is planned to conclude in a significant institutional presentation in autumn 2023. 

Harasymowicz’s selected solo exhibitions have included: Zatoka / The Bay, Archeology of Photography Foundation / Social Centre for Photography, Warsaw, Poland (2020-21), dismal sheets of dust, Crate, Margate, UK (2019), Jest już dzień jasny (ordre de bataille) BWA, Tarnów, Poland (2018), The Spring to Come, National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, London, UK (2016-17), Ersatz, The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum of Kraków, Kraków, Poland (2014), Wolf Man, The Freud Museum, London, UK (2012); she has also participated in the group show The Trouble with Value (2017-2018) Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland.  Her graphic novel adaptation of Sigmund Freud’s Wolf Man was published in 2012 by Self Made Hero.

Originally from Kraków in Poland, then a London resident, Harasymowicz is currently based in East Kent on the North Sea coast. Alumna of the Royal College of Art, she holds an MA from the Jagiellonian University Kraków, where she completed a thesis on the theme of protest in English and American literature. She is undertaking a practice-based PhD at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.


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