I'm Just a Pawn...
“The reproducible power of printmaking is at the center of my research explorations, although I use this medium in an unconventional way.” ZUZANNA DYRDA
Zuzanna Dyrda is an artist, researcher with a PhD in Printmaking and professor at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland.
Between the months of October and November 2021, Zuzanna will produce her project I’m Just a Pawn…, which combines printmaking techniques with performance and its documentation in photography and video. Her project involves working in our workshop to create a large-scale woodcut and linocut chessboard, which will eventually be used as the space for a series of performances.
ABOUT THE PROJECT (by Zuzanna Dyrda)
Within the project I’m Just a Pawn…, I want to continue my research focused on the combination of engraving and performance.
This piece refers directly to the game of chess as a metaphor for life. The definition of a pawn is: a chess piece of the smallest size and value. A pawn moves one square forward along its row if there are no obstacles (or two on the first move), or one square diagonally forward when it eats another piece. Each player starts with eight pawns on the second row and can promote a pawn to become any other piece (usually a queen) if it reaches the end of the opponent’s board.
I want to create a large scale relief matrix in the shape of a checkerboard, this area will then be inked and used as a space for a series of performances in which I will perform various exercises/movements/dances. The use of space will ultimately result in the appearance of ephemeral prints on my skin. The entire process of the performative part will be documented in video and photography and the motherboard will be printed in a conventional way on fabric or paper. The project also explores the idea of ”body memory” or so-called muscle memory.
1987 | Gliwice, Poland
Lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland
2017 | PhD in Prinmaking, Faculty of Graphics and Media Art, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design. Wrocław, Poland
2013 | MFA in Graphics, Faculty of Graphics and Media Art, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland
2011 | BA in Cultural Studies, Faculty of Historical and Pedagogical Sciences, University of Wroclaw, Poland
2019 | Zuzanna Dyrda: Marking, International Centre for Graphic Arts, Centrum Gallery. Kraków, Poland
2017 | Interference into the object. Transgressive print, Center for Applied Arts, Center for Innovation. Wrocław, Poland
2015 | Embodiment of printmaking, ART LOKAL. Opole, Poland
2015 | Living Diary, Macondo Gallery. Wrocław, Poland
2021 | Dissonant Futures, main exhibition of The International Print Triennial 2021. Kraków, Poland
2020 | Invisible – A Media Arts and Printmaking Exhibition, BWA Studio. Wrocław, Poland
2019 | The Wrocław School of Printmaking, Museum of Art, Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts. Shanghai, China
2018 | Contradiction Print Exchange Exhibition, Akron Art Gallery. Isfahan, Iran
2018 | PARA.Ceramics. Prints., Oblastni Galerie Liberec. Czech Republic
2018 | Professor Witold Skulicz Award, International Print Triennial 2018. Kraków, Poland
2015 | Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź Award, Grand Prix of Young Polish Print. Kraków, Poland
2015 | Award for Young Artists, 9th Polish Print Triennial. Katowice, Poland
2013 | 14th European Biennial Competition For Graphic Art, print promoting the Biennial. Bruges, Belgium