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Aleksandra Zawistowska / Around zero

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Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art
Centre for Creative Activities  in Ustka
/ ul. Zaruskiego 1a

Discipline / ceramics
Period of stay / January – February 2024
Project title / Around zero

Curator
Weronika Teplicka

The project begins with observations and experiments on the coast during the winter months of January and February. I will study the circulation of water and winds in the atmosphere, as well as natural and physical phenomena. The aim of the project is to explore changes in the landscape, especially the process of transition of substances between gaseous, liquid and solid states when the air temperature reaches the critical point of zero degree Celsius. The project will be set in a specific place and time and will evolve with the residency. While analysing the influence of local culture and architecture and observing the local ecosystem devoid of tourists, I will also be looking for the relationship between natural materials such as water and sea salt, clay and sand, stones and wood, and the ceramic material and its structural properties. Whilst usually working with glass, this time I will focus on its primary ingredient – glaze. The residency will result in a spatial installation that comments on and commemorates the natural environment. I will use sculpture, film and sound to represent the experience of a winter stay at the Baltic Sea. It will be an attempt to arrest and immortalise the context of the residency from the perspective of the person who came there. /Aleksandra Zawistowska/

Aleksandra Zawistowska

is an artist, designer and architect. She creates sculptural objects, spatial installations, design projects, interior design, digital design and mosaics. She is passionate about combining theoretical work on paper with physical work in workshops and steelworks. Since 2022, together with her brother, she has co-founded and created the Glass Studio. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology, Universidade Lusiada de Lisboa, Studio for Immediate Spaces at Sandberg Instituut, where she earned degrees in art and architecture. Nominated by the curatorial team of GLUE Amsterdam as one of 30 artists with the title “Stretching the Definition of Design”, and by OBJECT Rotterdam as “New Talent 2023”. Aleksandra has participated in exhibitions in Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Georgia and Ukraine, including at Het Nieuwe Instituut, the National Dutch Opera, Het HEM, the Museum of Warsaw, and her work has been featured in numerous Polish and foreign media. In July, she will be holding an Artist Fellowship at UrbanGlass in New York, in September her glass sculptures will be exhibited as part of the GLUE festival, and in 2024, in addition to her residency at the Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, she will also hold an Artist Residency “Arctic Circle” at the Arctic Circle.