Dr. Marika Kuźmicz is an art historian, curator, researcher, and publicist. She is the dean of students and lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts (Department of Visual Culture and the Artistic Research) in Warsaw and Warsaw University. She is also a lecturer at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. For many years she conducted research on Polish art of the 1970s, particularly advocating performance and video art. In 2010 she established the non-profit organization Arton Foundation. Its main activity is the elaboration of private archives of artists. Kuźmicz is the author and editor of many books, such as “The Workshop of The Film Form” (2016, co-edited with Łukasz Ronduda, published by Sternberg Press) and “History of Performance in Poland” and many monographs of Polish artists (like Zdzisław Jurkiewicz, Ludmiła Popiel and many others) based on her research in private archives.
She has curated many exhibitions in Poland and abroad, most recently: “Her Own Way – Female Artists and the Moving Image in Art in Poland”, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and the monographic exhibition of Barbara Kozłowska “You Can See It All Anywhere” (2020, Muzeum of Contemporary Art, Wrocław). She is also the curator of the film festival “Arton Review”, devoted to the forgotten forerunners of Polish avant-garde film and video. The 2017 edition took place in Whitechapel Gallery in London and in 2020, the film festival was part of the Oberhausen Shortfilm Festival. Kuźmicz was the coordinator of an international art project “Forgotten Heritage – European Avant-Garde Art Online” dedicated to the re-discovering marginalized avant-garde artists from Poland, Croatia, Belgium and Estonia. In 2017 she also established Edward Hartwig Foundation, the organization devoted to the developing and dissemination of legacy and art on Edward Hartwig, the key Polish photographer. Currently she is the main coordinator and the curator of the project “Not Yet Written Stories: Women Artists Archives On-line”, supported by Creative Europe, in collaboration with the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Arts in Riga and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Ljubljana.
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