Marysia LEWANDOWSKA is a Polish born artist based in London since 1985 who, through her collaborative projects has explored the public function of media archives, collections and exhibitions in an age characterized by relentless privatisation. She has been collaborating with Neil Cummings between1995 and 2008. Research has played a central part in all her projects, which include the book The Value of Things (Birkhauser/August 2000), Give & Take at the V & A Museum and Capital (2001) inaugurating Contemporary Interventions series at Tate Modern. Enthusiasm (2005-2006) project has been shown at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, Kunst-Werke in Berlin and Tapies Foundation in Barcelona. The film project Screen Tests (2006) featured in the British Art Show 6. Social Cinema (2006) events were made in collaboration with 51% Studios for the London Architecture Biennale. Generosity Broadcasting House (2006) was part of the Protections exhibition at Kunsthaus Graz. Post-production (2008) featured in Manifesta7 in Bolzano. The film Museum Futures: Distributed (2008) was commissioned by Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and Tender Museum (2009), a sound and film installation, is part of the collection of the Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. Her most recent projects engage with questions of ownership and unacknowledged knowledge, including Women’s Audio Archive (2009) at CCS Bard College, NY and Open Hearing (2010) at the Women’s Library, London. Intellectual Property was a subject of How Public is the Public Museum? (2010) at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Subject to Change (2011) explored the history of students protests and has been developed in collaboration with Curating Contemporary Art programme for their final exhibition Shadowboxing at the RCA, London. Re-Distributed Archive (2011) was made for Wroclaw Congress of Culture; Open Cinema (2012) developed with architect Colin Fournier for Guimaraes 2012 European City of Culture, Portugal, featured at 2013 Architectural Triennial in Lisbon.
She is co-editor with Laurel Ptak of Undoing Property? Collection of essays and artists’ projects Sternberg Press 2013.
For the past 10 years she has been Professor of Art in the Public Realm at Konstfack, University of Art and Design in Stockholm. From January 2014 she will be Visiting Professor at the Fine Arts Department of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Presentation Topic: Made in Public. An Open Engagement.