Sława Harasymowicz is a visual artist whose practice is concerned with possibilities of material, narrative, and fiction, and includes installation, drawing, photography, print and moving image. Drawn to themes of discontinuity and incompleteness, Harasymowicz has recently been focusing on her own family history as a point of departure to wider questions around war, the aftermath, memory, and autobiography.

Her artwork is often realised as projects including intensive, entirely subjective research in public archives and other repositories: ranging from international military archives and formerly censored state records dealing with individual surveillance, and reflecting the trajectory of her practice navigating between the personal and the public.

Her current work in progress includes a site-responsive installation planned for summer-autumn 2023 in Hamburg, Germany. Her selected solo exhibitions include, Zatoka / The Bay, Archeology of Photography Foundation / Social Centre for Photography, Warsaw, Poland (2020-21), 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), and Wolf Man, The Freud Museum, London, UK (2012), which followed the publication of her graphic novel adaptation of Sigmund Freud's case study (Self Made Hero London 2012).

Harasymowicz was twice a finalist in Victoria and Albert Museum Illustration Awards for her work with the Guardian and Penguin, and has also gained The Arts Foundation's Fellowship. She has received artistic scholarships from Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and had her projects supported by Arts Council England and others.

Originally from Kraków in Poland, then London resident, Harasymowicz is currently based in East Kent on the North Sea coast. Alumna of the Royal College of Art, she also 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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