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Halina Skibniewska in her office, 1963, photo: Wiesław Stasiak / PAP

What role did women play in the creation of modern architecture and city planning? What was their role in the male-dominated world in which an architect is thought of as a ‘manly’ profession? Drawing on the new book Architektki (Women Architects) published by EMG, we present six prominent Polish women architects, who made a significant impact in their field.

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Ilona Szwarc, photograph from the book I Am a Woman and I Feast on Memory, photo: courtesy of the artist

Ilona Szwarc, the US-based Polish photographer and laureate of the World Press Photo 2013 award in Portrait category, has returned to Poland with her new project I Am a Woman and I Feast on Memory. In an interview for Culture.pl, the photographer explains why she chose to engage herself in the issue of female identity.

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Dzień prania. Fotografia humorystyczna z 1901 roku, fot. Roger-Viollet  / East News

A short history of some of the heroines who fought against “women being sacrificed to the mercy of pots and brooms". Their story comes with a sad moral: many of their demands are still not being met today.

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Temperówka, photo. courtesy of artists

Temperówka has been in business since 2003. The Warsaw-based graphic design studio is run by Maria Bukowska and Justyna Kosińska, both of whom completed their studies in Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

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Grzeszykowska is an artist of the Raster generation in Poland. In her art she uses photography, video and digital techniques to explore issues of intimacy, self-awareness and invisibility.

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Okładka (nid 6313614)

These artists all create works that are centred around a very personal form of expression, based in great part on the body, but also on the spiritual and social aspects of existing within a particular gender. It is part of an international exhibition, workshop and archive series rooted in feminist gendercritical and queer performance

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In Women of Power Katarzyna Majak explores the power of women in several guises, through alternative approaches to wisdom and spirituality. Her subjects are witches, healers, enchanters, visionaries and spiritual leaders - those who have been discriminated against in Catholic society throughout history.

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Okładka (nid 6120426)

The Tel Aviv University hosts an Israeli-Polish conference on feminism, divided into five panels; women and nationalism, women-war-trauma, parenthood as ideology and practice, women as political actors and gender-religion-law...

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Anna Baumgart, photo by Bartosz Bobkowski / Agencja Gazeta

She is a multimedia artist who represents a feminism focused on personal (often hidden) problems and obsessions.

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