The first individual show at Raster by Alicja Pakosz (born 1996) is a narrative woven around the figure of a toxic landscape—obsessively returning as a classic motif from the history of painting and also a vision evoking fear, an underlying anxiety. An image appearing in the least expected moment like hallucinations pressing under the eyelids. Something morbid and not entirely benign. The artist plays out this story like film frames in a series of paintings in two different scales and a fully-formed diorama.
Pakosz is from Tychy and studied at the art academies in Kraków and Nuremberg. She practises painting and spatial elaborations of painting in the form of installations and dioramas. To date, she has held individual exhibitions at Galeria Piana in Kraków, the Kronika Centre for Contemporary Art in Bytom, and the Gdańsk City Gallery (together with Wiktoria Walendzik). We showed works of hers earlier at Raster in the exhibition 200 Revelations.