WANTEDDESIGN @online exhibition

Social issues, humor, and observations of everyday life –

the female talents of contemporary Polish illustration and design will be presented at online exhibition POLKI Hidden Power, organized by The Spirit of Poland foundation and WantedDesign NY, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York. The exhibition, compromising the works of Polish women: illustrators and ceramic artists, that approach the subject of womanhood in their arts, will be presented between October 15 and  December 15, 2020 at WantedDesign Online Exhibition. The aim of the exhibition is present the achievements of the contemporary Polish illustration and design, as well as to take a closer look at Polish women – POLKI, and seek out the traces of the feminine, hidden power in their work and art.

The exhibition presents both the work of Polish illustrators as well as designers, particularly ceramists, that either allude to the subject of womanhood or to the art and objects that embody its strength as great pieces of feminine art. It shows the work of both recognized and emerging Polish female artists: Basia Grzybowska Flores, Maria Jeglińska, Izabela Kaczmarek – Szurek, Malwina Konopacka, Kaja Kusztra, Aleksandra Morawiak, Magdalena Pankiewicz, Sabina Samulska, and Ewelina Skowrońska. The online exhibition will feature the works and the short films, presenting the artists themselves. The works will be also for sale at WantedDesign Pop-Up store at Brooklyn’s Industry City in December.

„As I continued to view the artwork of the Polish women, I found myself engrossed in the intimacy of small, everyday individual conditions: body hair, weight gain, meditation, child rearing and house plants. These quotidian concerns are elevated as experiences worthy of unapologetic expression. This is hidden power” – says Carol Flueckiger from School of Art, Texas Tech University.

“POLKI Hidden Power” is curated by Monika Brauntsch, in collaboration with the artist Ewelina Skowrońska and Carol Flueckiger, Associate Professor, School of Art, Texas Tech University.  In 2018 the exhibition was shown at San Francisco Design Week and at the Museum of Texas Tech University, accompanied by the class visits and the Mini Feminist Film Festival, organized by the TTU Women’s & Gender Studies. In 2019 it was presented at Austin Design Week. 

The project is financed by the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, within the scope of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2022, as part of the “Cultural bridges” subsidy program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The exhibition was also organised in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York.