Anka Leśniak: “The Other – Invisible inVisible”


Anka Leśniak: The Other – Invisible inVisible

25.08 – 24.09.2017

opening: 25.08.2017 (Friday), 6 P.M. / admission free


“The Invisible inVisible project is about women in history, which for various reasons have been forgotten or erased from collective memory. These may be political, national, ethnic… I am interested in the ambiguous characters who have managed to do something in the history of a city, a district, a region, but having a “scratch” on a biography that does not allow them to be uniquely identified as heroic monumentalists. I am also interested in characters difficult to interpret, mysterious, marginal, whose fates seem important from the perspective of modern discourses of culture, as well as problems of differentiates, identities, exclusions”. Anka Leśniak


The project The Other – Invisible inVisible was inspired by the extraordinary stories of women, eg.: Fifi Zastrow (Friderike Falkenberg), an actress of Jewish origin who performed in the Theatre zu Litzmannstadt (Lodz, Poland) during the time of Nazi occupation; Michalina Tatarkówna-Majkowska, the first woman who ruled the city of Lodz; Eugenia Steinbart, a prewar inhabitant of the Baluty district in Lodz; Stanislawa Przybyszewska (1901–1935) – an unusual figure in Polish literature, the morphine addicted illegitimate daughter of Stanislaw Przybyszewski and painter Aniela Pająkówna.


Anka Leśniak is active as an artist in genres such as: installation, art action, painting, video-art. She has participated in more than 80 individual and group shows. In her art she mainly focuses on the history of women and makes site specific artworks. In 2003 she graduated from Art History in the University of Lodz. In 2004 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz with honors. In 2011, she received a Grant of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. She received grants: from the Mayor of the city of Lodz (2015), from the city of Gdansk (2016). In 2016, she was chosen to Artists-in-Residence Programm in Wien, run by KulturKontakt in cooperation with Federal Chancellery of Austria.