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Alicja Rogalska

Alicja Rogalska

Bereich: Video, Performance, gesellschaftliche Praxis

still from "Broniów Song" © Alicja Rogalska

Cultivation © Alicja Rogalska, Photo: Michalina Pieczonka

still from "Dreamed Revolution" © Alicja Rogalska

Monument to Precarious Workers © Alicja Rogalska, Photo: Bogna Kociumbas

Monument to Victims of Capitalism © Alicja Rogalska, Photo: Juan Troncoso

still from "My Friend's Job" © Alicja Rogalska

Revolutionary Karaoke © Alicja Rogalska with Intervalo Escola, Photo: Bartosz Gorka

still from "Silence of Sources" © Alicja Rogalska

Tear Dealer © Alicja Rogalska with Lukasz Surowiec, Photo: Filip Chrobak

still from "Tear Dealer" © Alicja Rogalska with Lukasz Surowiec

still from "The Ones Who Walk Away" © Alicja Rogalska

still from "What If As If" © Alicja Rogalska

still from "What If As If" © Alicja Rogalska

Key Facts




Video, Performance, gesellschaftliche Praxis


London (GBR)

Empfehlende Institution

frei_raum Q21 exhibition space


Juli 2018 - Juli 2018


Alicja Rogalska (PL/UK) is an artist living in London and working internationally. Her practice is research-led, interdisciplinary, collaborative and focuses on social structures and the political subtext of the everyday. She mostly works in specific contexts creating situations, performances, videos and installations. Her projects attempt to practise a different political reality here and now, create space for many voices to be heard and to co-exist, whilst collectively searching for emancipatory ideas for the future.

Alicja graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2011) and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw (2006).

She was artist in residence at IASPIS in Stockholm (2017), KulturKontakt in Vienna (2017), MeetFactory in Prague (2016), National University of Colombia in Bogota (2014), Tate Britain (2011-12), attended the Home Workspace programme in Beirut (2013-14) and was an Artsadmin Bursary recipient in London (2016-17).

Exhibitions and screenings include:

Rencontres Internationales, Paris, France (2018), New Poetics of Labour, Teatro Lido, Medellín, Colombia (2018), For Beyond That Horizon Lies Another Horizon, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst (Oldenburg, 2017-18), Gotong Royong. Things We Do Together, CCA U-jazdowski (Warsaw, 2017), Free Play, Västerås Konstmuseum (Västerås, 2017), Dreams and Dramas. Law as Literature, NGBK (Berlin, 2017), Social Design for Social Living, National Gallery (Jakarta, 2016), Blue Box, Izolyatsia, Kyiv (2016), All Men Become Sisters, Muzeum Sztuki (Łódź, 2016); Myth, Artisterium, Europe House (Tbilisi, 2015); Rehearsal, National Museum (Kraków, 2015); No Need For References, Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna, 2015); Critical Juncture, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Kochi, 2014); A Museum of Immortality, Ashkal Alwan (Beirut, 2014), Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Flat Time House (London, 2013); General Strike, Mews Project Space / Art Review (London, 2013); Melancholy In Progress, Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei, 2012); Jour de Fête, The Private Space Gallery / LOOP Festival (Barcelona, 2011); To Look is to Labour, Laden Für Nichts (Leipzig, 2010) and No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern (London, 2010).

Photo: Gabriela Kapturkiewicz


During my stay at MQ I will work on a lecture performance Belly of the Beast*.

Where does fascism start? How does it form in one's head and in a society? What psychological biases, emotional and cognitive mechanisms as well as social, legal and ideological formations could be responsible for it? Belly of the Beast is a lecture performance mixing political philosophy, neuroscience, media reports, court cases of Polish neo-fascists in the UK, the twisted logic of internet trolls, and personal stories. Part archeological demonstration, part public dissection, part cooking class, part youtube how-to - the performance will centre around a succession of props, which will be handled, deconstructed and exposed.
*Stuart Hall who was a leading British cultural theorist with Caribbean background described his experience of living in the UK as living in The Belly of the Beast (i.e. the empire).

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