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Elizabeth A.Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Zuzanna Janin


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2007 Just Before. The Ideal Museum, MoMA (under contruction); Warsaw televiZJon_studio; Galeria Entropia, Wroclaw;

In Between, Piekary Gallery, Poznan

2006 _televiZJon_studio, lokal_30, Warszawa

2005 Interventions, Lehnin Kloster, Lehnin (D)

2004 ILoveYouToo, CAC Confluence, Paris;

I’ve Seen My Death, Galeria Manhattan, Lódz; Galeria Entropia, Wroclaw

2003 I’ve Seen My Death, (Z.JaninA), Galeria Foksal, Warszawa + artist studio

2002 ILoveYouToo, Mois de la photo, Instytut Polski, Paris 2001; ILoveYouToo, Galeria Zacheta, Warszawa;

2000 homefuckingiskillingprostitution, A.v. Scholz Galerie, Berlin

1999 What Hell, What Heaven, CCA, Warszawa SYNAGOGUE, CCA, Trnava

1998 What Hell, Galeria Foksal, Warszawa

1995 UNTITLED, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg Area, Galeria Foksal, Warszawa

1991 Works, Galeria Wschodnia, Lódz

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 Skin & Bones, XX1 Gallery, Warszawa

2006 You Cannot Come Closer, Cell Project, London;

Six Feet Under, Kunstmuseum, Bern(CH);

Come Into My World, II Lodz Biennale, Lodz ,Poland; Fighting, Christine Koenig Galerie, Wien;

Love and Democracy, CCA, Laznia, Gdansk;

Between Architecture and Catastrophe, (lokal_30 best gallery prize winner), ViennAfair, Wien;

Family First, Skestos Gabriele Gallery, Chicago,

2005 Exposition2005/06, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin; Beyond Red Horizon, NCCA, Moskow;

Light and Matter, (finalist of Adi Prize), Izrael Museum, Jerusalem

2004 BODY, Nicosia Municipal Art Center, Cyprus

2003 The View From Here, City Gallery, Prague;

Riffe Gallery, Columbus/Ohio;

Minesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis;

Erie Art Museum, Erie

2002 Vom Monument zum Markt, Kunstahalle Wien, Wien

2001 CSW Collection, CCA, Warszawa;

In Between, Chicago Cultural Center

2000 After the Wall, HamburgerBahnhof, Berlin;

Art a Centreeuropa 1949-1999, Fundacio Joan Miro, Barcelona;

L’autre moitie de l’Europe, Jeu de Paume, Paris

1999 Aspekte Positionen, Museum moderner Kunst; Wien After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm;

Trace, The Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool

1998 Genius Loci, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern

1996 Contact Prints, Galeria Foksal, Warszawa;

Beyond Belief, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin;

The Palace of Good Luck, Burnett Miller Gallery, Los Angeles

1995 Beyond Belief, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

1994 Der Riss im Raum, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Galeria Zacheta, Warszawa

1993 Sonsbeek ‘93, Arnhem

1992 The 9th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney ;

The 3rd International Istanbul Biennal, Istanbul

Feminist Artist Statement

Zuzanna Janin (1963 Warszawa, lives in Warsaw). She creates sculptures, installations, videos, photography, actions and performances. She was the finalist of the Adi Prize for Art in 2003. The central theme of her works is: space (soft sculptures from silk – Covers), memory (installation Memory) and time (photo-sculptures Follow Me, Change Me it’s Time).

She is an author of Sweet Girl, sculpture from cotton-candy and What A Hell, What A Paradise installation from artificial fog. Janin incarnates into the figures and situations and explores the experiences making a quasi -documentation video out of them. Her video FIGHT shows a never-ending boxing match that she participates in with a heavy-weight boxing champion.

The very famous multimedia installation, I’ve Seen My Death, 2003, is based on her performative simulation of her own total absence – by fictitious death and observing herselves simulating burial. She created Pasigraphy: a series of sculptural objects made of articles of clothing, which she uses as a global / international language understood all over the world. Pasigraphy, invites a reflection on the arbitrariness of social roles, their fluid boundaries, and the place of individual freedom within the workings of state and society.

In parallel, from 2003 on, Janin has created a fictitious television studio, ART_TALK_SHOW, an art-action which takes place irregularly in lokal_30, a new gallery / art space in Warsaw. (Foksal17 b / 30,

Janin took a part in the Sydney Biennal, the Instanbul Biennal, Soonsbeek, and the Liverpool Biennal. Her works were presented in Kunstverein Salzburg (1995); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago(1998); Kunsthalle Bern (1998); National Gallery Zacheta, Warszawa (1995, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005); Modernamuset, Sztokholm (1999); Jeu de Pomme, Paris (2000); Ludwig Museum, Aaachen(1991); Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005); Izrael Muzem, Jerusalem (2004); Hamburgerbanhof, Berlin (1999, 2005); Kunstmusem Bern (2006); Foksal Gallery (1996, 1998, 2003); and lokal_30 Gallery (2005, 2006)



fog installation


fog installation


video-instalaltion. video stills / prints on aluminum board.
simulated boxing fight by artist and professional boxer

Seven Deaths

fragment of a project, “I’ve Seen My Death”

In Between

video installation done in a warm, brown-like room, showing 3 people talking about their strong relationships with each other

Ceremony and Games

fragment of the project, “I’ve Seen My Death”

Cover (Home)

Sweet Girl

Sculpture made from cotton candy; Changes and evolves over time.




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