daniel kotowski

born 1993 in Łomża (Poland), currently lives in Warsaw

statement

I am an indicator of incompleteness, inconsistent with the norm, because I am Deaf and I do not use phonic speech. Talking about incompleteness and completeness in the existential dimension, I analyse their potential. I am either considering the possibility of fulfilling expectations of completeness or protesting against it. I am looking for the limit of ambivalence. My artistic practice is the starting point for reflection on the ways of existence. It is based on research where I use stories of those who are incomplete and complete. I observe their experiences and their interpersonal relationships. The way we are perceived by other individuals. My works concern the mechanism of power over biology, social and linguistic communication and social policy. They often refer to the concept of biopower and biopolitics. Based on my own experiences and observations, I develop my own strategy for managing my communication tool or body. I bring back the memory of incompleteness. I use various forms of expression, such as performances, design, installations, photography, objects and videos.

education:

2019-2020
Szkoła Patrzenia/The School of Seeing | Institute of Photography Fort | Warsaw

2016-2018
MA | Faculty of Interior Design | Academy of Fine Arts | Warsaw | diploma in the Studio of Exhibition of Barbara Kowalewska

2012-2016
BA | Faculty of New Media Arts | Interior Design | Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology | Warsaw | diploma in the Studio of Exhibition of Marek Kosmulski

performances:

28/05/2021
Lecture on inaction | Naked Nerve | Master’s Atelier | BWA Wrocław Główny Gallery | Wrocław | curated by Joanna Rajkowska in cooperation with curator Anna Mituś

03/05/2021
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish  | Facebook Live | Museum of Modern Art | Warsaw

16/12/2020
It’s My Duty | Zachęta – National Gallery of Art | Warsaw

18/10/2020
Monument to the Victims of Biopower | former hospital on Poniatowskiego street | NOWY KIOSK (previously ZŁOTY KIOSK) | Wrocław

01/10/2020
A Term For Using Speech | as a part of EXIT project | The Centre of Inclusive Art | Zachęta – National Gallery of Art | Warsaw | curated by Justyna Wielgus

30/07/2020
A Term For Using Speech | as a part of in private: in search of identity project | ZOOM platform | Collective of Artistic Experimental Forms

08/07/2020
I Am Reading Aloud II | We Are People | Galeria Labirynt | Lublin | curated by Waldemar Tatarczuk

02/07/2020
A Term For Using Speech | Instagram Live | Contemporary Art Promotion Foundation

03/05/2020
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Facebook Live | Museum of Modern Art | Warsaw

20/12/2019
I Am Reading Aloud II | as a part of Grassomania 11 project | Gdańsk City Gallery 1 | Gdańsk

16/12/2019
It’s My Duty | Zachęta – National Gallery of Art | Warsaw

14/12/2019
I Am Reading Aloud II | Ślad | W Y Gallery | Art Factory | Łódź

19/11/2019
I Am Reading Aloud after National Independence Day | Radio Kapitał | Museum of Modern Art | Warsaw

02/11/2019
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Bródno Park | Stroboskop | Warsaw

26/10/2019
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Palace of Culture and Science | Stroboskop | Warsaw

26/10/2019
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Constitution Square | Stroboskop | Warsaw

12/10/2019
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Fort Mokotów | Stroboskop | Warsaw

05/10/2019
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Sokratesa street | Stroboskop | Warsaw

27/09/2019
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Stroboskop | Warsaw

solo exhibitions:

22/10-11/12/2020
Monument to the Victims of Biopower | NOWY KIOSK (previously ZŁOTY KIOSK) | Wrocław

27/09-02/11/2019
The Official Language of the Republic of Poland Is Polish | Stroboskop | Warsaw

13/04-03/06/2018
The Unreasonable Man Persists in Trying to Adapt the World to Himself | Ludwik Zamenhof Centre | Białystok | curated by Aleksandra Czerniawska

group exhibitions | group shows | public projects:

2022 (upcoming) 
Głusza | Muzeum Śląskie | Katowice | curated by Michał Burdziński, Michał Justycki, Agnieszka Kołodziejczak, Dagmara Stanosz

2021 (upcoming)
Manifesto for a Better Life | Salon Akademii | Warsaw | curated by Magda Lipska, Eulalia Domanowska, Waldemar Baraniewski

25-29/06/2021
You ain’t going nowhere | 19. SURVIVAL Art Review | Kotłownia on Farbycznej 14 street | Wrocław | curated by Michał Bieniek, Anna Kołodziejczyk, Małgorzata Miśniakiewicz, Ewa Pluta, Daniel Brożek

14-20/06/2021
Short Waves Festival 2021 | Poznań

28/05-12/09/2021
Naked Nerve | Master’s Atelier | BWA Wrocław Główny Gallery | Wrocław | curated by Joanna Rajkowska in cooperation with curator Anna Mituś

13/12/2020-16/05/2021
You’ll Never Walk Alone | Galeria Labirynt | Lublin

20/11/2020-16/05/2021
THREE’S A CROWD | The International Urban Art Festival OUT OF STH/Space Absorbency | BWA Wrocław Główny Gallery | Wrocław | curated by Michał Grzegorzek, Anka Herbut, Gregor Różański

02/10/2020-17/01/2021
Something in Common | Warsaw Under Construction 12 | Museum of Modern Art | Warsaw | curated by Tomasz Fudala, Natalia Sielewicz

11/09/2020
Death in Everyday Life | as part of Jasna 10 project | Warszawska Świetlica Krytyki Politycznej | Warsaw | curated by Wojtek Zrałek-Kossakowski

06/09/2020
Warsaw Preview (small sculptural forms) 2020 | Warsaw

07/08-4/09/2020
Freedom of Speech | Contemporary Art Gallery MD_S | Wrocław

16-30/07/2020
Praise for Transience | virtual exhibition | 01 Gallery | www.01gallery.pl

01/06-31/12/2020
Solidarity And Agency | virtual exhibition | Arsenał Gallery | Białystok | curated by Katarzyna Różniak, Eliza Urwanowicz-Rojecka

10/12/2019-01/10/2020
Directions And Phrases | Spokojna Gallery | Warsaw | curated by Zuzanna Sadowa, Marta Jarnuszkiewicz

15/10/2019
Foreign Bodies | video screening | Stroboskop and Carnation Contemporary | Zachęta – National Gallery of Art | Warszawa

23/09/2019-2020
OSA/The Open Anti-fascist Studio | touring exhibition and a tangible archive of the grassroots initiative called the Anti-fascist Year | Polska | RUCH art collective

21/09/2019
Attrape | WL4 Mleczny Piotr Gallery | Wolne Pokoje | Gdańsk

01/09-11/11/2019
Three Plagues | Galeria Labirynt | Lublin | curated by Agnieszka Cieślak, Magdalena Linkowska

28/06-28/07/2019
Witamy w piekle #5 | Galeria Śmierć Frajerom | Warsaw

27/05-11/06/2017
The point of view | Fotofestiwal | MEOK Gallery | Łódź

07/06-22/06/2014
Somewhere | Fotofestiwal | Our Gallery | Łódź

15/09/2012
Deaf Art | Krasiński Library | Warsaw

curatorial projects:

12/06-15/08/2021
społecznie stosowny, statystycznie przeciętny, naukowo zdrowy, osobiście pożądany… | Live Storages | Zachęta – National Gallery of Art | Warsaw

residencies:

01/10-07/11/2020
Important matter | COVID-19. The World After the Pandemic | Biennale Warszawa | Warsaw

awards:

2020
nomination for Allegro Prize | Allegro and Contemporary Lynx

2019
nomination for “Bo wARTo” special award | MocArty RMF Classic

performative lectures | lectures:

24/10/2020
Republic of the Deaf | 12th Theatre Meetings Close Strangers | Teatr Polski | Poznań | with Anna Łazar, Ilia Kamiński, Martyna Zaremba-Maćkowiak, duo Mixed Tomasz Melissa and Mikołaj Chylak

03/09/2020
Incomplete | Scena Robocza | Poznań

debates:

17/04/2021
(Auto)cenzura Głuchych | Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw | debate conducted by me | with Agnieszka Kołodziejczak and Tomasz Świderski

16/12/2020
THREE IS A CROWD: body, voice, protest! | BWA Wrocław | debate conducted by Marianna Dobkowska | with Yulia Krivich, Agata Kubis and Ania Nowak

03/12/2020
Post-truth and the Exclusion of the Deaf | Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw | the debate conducted by me | with Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer, Joanna Ciesielska and Bartosz Marganiec

texts | interviews:

23/12/2020
We’re heading there together. Around the exhibition “Solidarity And Agency” | Postmedium | interview conducted by Karolina Różniak | z Edka Jarząb, Rita Müller and Marta Romankiv

07/11/2020
Daniel looked for for his own language for a long time. Like each Deaf | Polityka weekly | Mateusz Witczak

21/07/2020
In the past, I used to have feeling that it was inappropriate for me to speak | Culture.pl | interview conducted by Piotr Policht

01/01/2019
Rebellion of the Deaf | Zachęta – National Gallery of Art | interview conducted by me | with Bogna Burska

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