Sława Harasymowicz is a visual artist living in East Kent on the North Sea coast. Her current practice consists primarily of still and moving images and mixed-media installations engaging with site and language.
She is interested in the tensions between individual memory, autobiography, public history and imagination, the relationships between then and now. She has a special interest in the snapshot as a trace and a document, and a point of departure for new, personally invested images often located between photography, drawing, and screen-print.
Her projects focusing on the amnesia in the aftermath of WWII in Poland underpin her practice-led PhD at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London; tracking "personal and collective histories of dispersal, loss, and war" to rethink in this context the conjunctions between embodied experience, materiality, traumatic history, and living archive.
Selected recent solo exhibitions include 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. She is the author of award-winning illustrations for the Guardian and Penguin Books. Her graphic novel adaptation of Sigmund Freud’s Wolf Man was published in 2012 (Self Made Hero London).
Originally from Kraków, Poland, Harasymowicz is an alumna of the Royal College of Art, London (MA in Communication Art and Design) and holds an MA from the Jagiellonian University Kraków, where she completed a thesis on the theme of protest in English and American literature.
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