Oskar Dawicki (b. 1971 in Poland) was educated as a painter, but he quickly broadened his scope of interest onto performance, video works, photography, documentation and, finally, objects and installations. All of his works have a post-conceptual character and emanate a slightly grotesque, ironic and even absurd aura. The self-reflection over his own institutional status as a contemporary artist is tightly interwoven with reflection on his own identity, or rather on its transitoriness, conventionality, and weakness.
The primary medium in which Aneta Grzeszykowska (b. 1974 in Poland) works is photography. However, she treats it instrumentally, as a tool for the realization of advanced, artistic and ontological exercises, emphasizing the performative dimension of her activities. The artist is interested in the role photography plays in creating and documenting a personal identity. The motifs which she obsessively returns to in her works are absence, invisibility, disappearing, and the confrontation of body and thought with non-existence.
Peter Puklus (b. 1980) lives and works in Budapest, and is now finishing his doctoral studies in photography at MOME. He is among a generation of artists for whom photography isn’t taken as a straightforward medium, but a tool bogged down by a trail of cultural, artistic, commercial and political associations and correlations. Puklus primarily operates in his immediate environment and his basic medium of expression is the outwardly classic technique of studio photography. The objects collected and constructed specifically for the purpose of his photos often take on a second life as individual works, sculptures or installations in their own right.
Zofia Rydet (1911-1997) is one of the most prominent characters in Polish photography. From 1978 for almost the rest of her creative life she worked on her most significant artistic achievement, “Sociological Record”, a monumental record of man and society, enclosed in dozens of thousands of negatives, and taken individually across a number of regions in Poland and abroad, such as Douchy in France and New York. Her work can be found amongst the most important Polish collections, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art in Kioto, and many others.