BIO
Aleksandra Janik (Katowice, Poland, 1971) received her MFA in printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland in 1996. In 1996-97 she was the DAAD grant holder at the Braunschweig University of Art in Germany. She is currently the Head of Printmaking at the Institute of Art, Opole University, Poland.


A participant of many group and individual exhibitions within Poland and abroad.
Winner of several prizes and mentions including: 2008 Jury prize at the 15th German International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Frechen, Germany; 2008 Honorable mention at the International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA; 2007 Jury Prize at the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial, Tallinn, Estonia; 2007 Hibino Prize at the 14th Mino-Washi Akari-art Exhibition, Mino, Japan and 2007 Honorable mention at the International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA; among others. t the 4th Sapporo International Print Biennale, Japan.

Aleksandra Janik

RESIDENCIES

Translocals

10.08.2009 to 28.08.2009



Alexandra Janic's  artistic and academic interests concentrate mainly on printmaking and photography – traditional as well as digital.  She implemented her experience in the above mentioned fields in developing the cross-disciplinary idea of Transgression: printmaking/photography that resulted in her gaining a Ph.D. in 2005 and Habilitation in 2008 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Translocals refers (as an artistic commentary) to questions of how geographic relocations influence artists: whether it helps artists to go beyond the fixed categories of their own identity (physical, psychological, social or cultural) or their limitations which are defined through their relations with everything outside.

The experience of the Argentine space, alien to me, the search for the truth about the place, people, but also about myself, the attempts to reach reality in its unmediated authentic form, are all presented in a hybrid work consisting of prints, photographs and installations.