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Aneta Szyłak

Aneta Szyłak

Artistic director and the president of foundation board

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Aneta Szyłak- the founder and the first director of Wyspa Institute of Art (2004-2014) and Laznia Centre of Contemporary Art (1998-2001), currently the president and director of Alternativa FoundaSzytion, director’s plenipotentiary responsible for creating The Museum of Contemporary Art in National Museum in Gdansk. Author and artistic director of International Festival of Visual Arts Alternativa. Curator (individually and jointly) of Codzienność (Everyday, 2014), Hito Steyerl: Abstrakt (2014), Oliver Ressler: Wizje polityczne – Świat od nowa (Political visions – The world anew, 2014), The Field is to the Sky, Only Backwards (2013), Materialność (Materiality, 2012), Buildings and Remnants (2012), Praca i Wypoczynek (Work and Rest, 2011), Estrangement (2010, 2011), Strażnicy Doków (Docks’ Keepers, 2005), Palimpsest Museum (2004), BHP (2004) and Architectures of Gender (2003). The co-author of the book “The Curatorial. A Philosophy of Curating” (2013). She lectured at Bard College, New School, Queens College and NYU; she worked as a guest at the Academy of Arts in Mainz and at the University of Copenhagen. Now she works on her PhD paper “Curating Context. The Palimpsest on the Quotidian and the Curatorial” as a part of a Curatorial/Knowledge at Goldsmiths College and at the University of Copenhagen. She works actively to protect the post-industrial heritage of Gdansk. She writes “Pilne Muzeum” blog.