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ANETA SZYŁAK – founder and first director of Wyspa Institute of Art (2004−2014) and Center for Contemporary Art Łaźnia (1998−2001); currently, president and artistic director of Alternativa Foundation and director’s plenipotentiary for establishing Museum of Modern Art in National Museum in Gdańsk.
Aneta Szyłak is an author and artistic director of International Festival of Visual Arts Alternativa. She curated (individually and collaboratively) exhibitions like Everydayness (2014), Hito Steyerl: Abstract (2014), Oliver Ressler: Political Visions – The World Anew (2014), The Field is to the Sky, Only Backward (2013), Materiality (2012), Buildings and Remnants (2012), Labour and Leisure (2011), Estrangement (2011, 2010), Dockwatchers (2005), Palimpsest Museum (2004), BHP (2004) and Architecture of Gender (2003). She co-authored the book The Curatorial. A Philosophy of Curating (2013). Szyłak gave lectures at Bard College, New School, Queens College and NYU; she worked as a visitng fellow researcher at Academy of Arts in Mainz and University of Copenhagen. Currently she is preparing her PhD thesis, Curating Context. The Palimpsest on the Quotidian and the Curatorial under Curatorial/Knowledge programme at Goldsmiths Collage and University of Copenhagen. Aneta Szyłak is actively engaged with preservation of post-industrial heritage in Gdańsk.
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