Foundation

ART TRANSPARENT Contemporary Art Foundation was originated in 2005 in Wrocław. People who are involved in its work are specialists in a variety of fields: artists and lecturers associated with the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, psychologists and specialists in the area of social sciences. The Foundation’s goals regarding contemporary art and social topics are being achieved by means of local and national projects as well as own initiatives and attempts to consolidate the artistic and intellectual environment around current social and art problems.

The key direction of our activities is a constant participation in the awareness raising of the public space – its purpose and ways in which it is used. Moreover we wish to contribute to the extensive promotion of the contemporary art. Our goal is to instill the attitude of openness and enhanced thoughtfulness in our audiences. At the same time we wish to encourage artists’ willingness of confrontation with the viewer, the need of dialogue and engagement in cultural and educational activities. We find it particularly important to emphasize the special role of the contemporary art in the process of social development – therefore we engage in initiatives with a social, educational and anti-discriminatory character, as well as those which are an attempt to face the problem of memory and trauma of a difficult past (in its historical, social and individual aspects).

Since 2005 ART TRANSPARENT organizes the SURVIVAL Art Review /www.survival.art.pl/, and since 2007  runs the Contemporary Art Gallery in the former studio of professor Eugeniusz Geppert – “Mieszkanie Gepperta” . Besides, the Foundation is engaged in publishing and educational activities, in particular those connected with the issues of social exclusion, otherness and anti-discrimination.

Fundację tworzą

  • Michał Bieniek

    Born in 1980; 1999-2004 studied at the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław; head of the Managing Board of the Foundation for Contemporary Art ART TRANSPARENT, creator and general curator of the SURVIVAL Art Review; originator and coordinator of the contemporary art gallery Mieszkanie Gepperta (Geppert’s Apartment); since 2009 curator of the international festival “Sztuka po przejściach” (“Art with the Past”). Twice, in 2006 and 2010, he was granted the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholarship, and in 2004 was awarded the Marshal of Lower Silesia Prize. In 2009 and 2010 Michał was nominated for the Gazeta Wyborcza wARTo Award, which he received in 2010. Since 2010 he has been a Research Student by Project at the Curating Contemporary Art Department of the Royal College of Art in London.

  • Karolina Bieniek

    MA in International Relations at the University of Wrocław; currently PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wrocław; culture animator, instructor in the field of global education and anti-discrimination activities. Her scientific interests involve research on peace. Karolina has skills in the area of work organization and management; she has been responsible for several cultural and social projects on the regional, national and international scale. Author of publications on international relations, mainly on post-conflict reconstruction and African-Chinese relations; volunteer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Polish Aid component. She is responsible for issues related to the development of the ART TRANSPARENT Foundation; has co-operated on the projects: SURVIVAL Art Review, Geppert’s Apartment Gallery (Galeria Mieszkanie Gepperta), “Art with the Past” (“Sztuka po przejściach”) and others.

  • Anna Kołodziejczyk

    1999-2005 studied at the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow and Wrocław; winner of numerous prizes: Mayor of Wrocław Award in the Eugeniusz Geppert National Painting Competition 2007, Grand Prix Samsung Art Master 2004; 3rd prize in the Samsung Art Master Competition 2005, among others; was granted the scholarship of the Marshal of the Lower Silesia in the area of Culture and Art 2005; since 2005 has worked as an assistant at the Faculty of Painting of the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts. Involved in the ART TRANSPARENT Foundation, co-operating with curators of various art events in Wrocław. Co-organizer of the exhibition for the event of the 60th Anniversary of the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, “Wrocław Skyscrapers”(“Wieżowce Wrocławia”) in the National Museum in 2006. Co-ordinates the programme of cultural events and meetings in the Geppert’s Apartment Gallery. Curator of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th editions of the SURVIVAL Young Art in Extreme Conditions Review. Winner of the Gazeta Wyborcza wARTo Award 2010.

  • Katarzyna Młyńczak

    Graduated from the Wrocław University of Economics and the University of Wrocław, Dutch Studies department. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the Willi Brandt German and European Studies Centre; she was awarded scholarships from the Polish-German Co-operation Foundation, German government and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Professionally she is interested in Polish-German relations and topics related to Internet elections. Katarzyna has been involved in many European scientific research programmes; organizer of scientific conferences and trainings on democracy and human rights (for the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, European Academy Berlin, Institute for German Studies at the University of Amsterdam, among others); lecturer, member of the ART TRANSPARENT Managing Board; responsible for PR and production of cultural events.

  • Bartek Lis

    Born in 1980, sociologist; studied gender studies at the University of Warsaw and University of Oslo. Bartek specializes in sociology of masculinity, sexuality of the body and queer theory, author of several publications on those topics (“Kultura popularna’/“Popular culture”, among others). Currently he is working on his PhD on gender identity strategies of the homosexuals. Winner of the “Johnnie Walker Keep Walking Award” 2004 in the category “Society” – in recognition of his determination in pursuing of his passions and student projects. Co-operates with the Foundation since November 2009. Interested in the perception of the gender and queer issues by the contemporary art. His dream is a trip to Spitsbergen so that he could write a book there and watch birds.

  • Anna Stec

  • Tadeusz Mincer

  • Paulina Popiół

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