Culture.pl puts the spotlight on the rising stars of Polish arts - from literature and music to film, theatre, visual arts and more...
RSS B0YS are a duo who introduce themselves as RSS BOY ONE and RSS BOY TWO - as they are completely anonymous. Said to be musicians-wanderers, the pair have spread the rumour that they met in Benin in West Africa.
An acting revelation who has hit the scene in the last two seasons as one of the great hopes of Polish theatre and cinema, Dawid Ogrodnik only recently left the halls of Kraków’s Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has already scored two major roles in film and collaborated with the acclaimed theatre company TR Warszawa.
Bownik uses the camera as a tool to test the limits of visual conventions, to subvert its canons of representation and presumption, in the process creating a poetic form of photography that is both striking and unsettling.
The director Paweł Pawlikowski shoots on treatment, allowing for cast input and on-set improvisation, and is regarded by the BBC as "one of Britain's leading filmmakers". His new hit Ida is currently taking over the world one prize at a time. Polish born, now living in Paris, he received an Emmy and the Prix Italia for his first documentary then took a BAFTA award for his feature debut.
istorian and journalist Ziemowit Szczerek researches the particularities of Eastern and Central Europe. He describes these in his gonzo novel Mordor Will Come and Eat Us (2013), and in The Triumphant Republic, an alternative Polish history from the Second World War to the present day...
Marek Cecuła was born on the 23rd of April 1944 in Częstochowa. He is a world-renowned artist, ceramist, teacher and curator and has been awarded numerous prestigious awards.
An expert on things architectural and a collector of visual absurdities, Filip Springer is a reporter skilled in conveying the gist of the Polish landscape - writing of the city that never was, buildings that have long stood in spite of the general public's disdain, and of marriage that was united in a love for architecture.
Aleksandra Terpińska, born in Wrocław, and now based in Warsaw, is a rising star of the Polish cinema – she works predominantly as a director, but also writes screenplays for her own films.
Founders of the Hipopotam Studio (Hippopotamus Studio). A married couple and a duo of graphic artists. Authors of internationally recognized children’s books. Creators of fonts, applications and websites. Graduates of the Faculty of Graphic Arts of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.
Born and raised in Warsaw, Ilona Szwarc now lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA in Photography (with honors) from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and received a World Press Photo Prize in 2013. Her vivid, intimate portraits explore the creation and performance of identity and femininity in contemporary culture in the U.S.
The composer Jarosław Płonka was born in 1984. One noteworthy success was his winning First Prize of the Tadeusz Ochlewski Music Competition, organised by the music publisher PWM Edition. The jury honoured his Construction in Metal. The other highlight of his career was the award-winning performance of his "lightly touched / heavily pressed" piece by the renowned musicFabrik ensemble from Cologne.
laf Brzeski’s practice is rooted in surrealist visions, which he puts into life via film, three-dimensional sculptures and installations. His comments about his own works do not so much mirror his personal interpretation, but narrate fictional stories, illustrated in the artworks or, in fact, made believable through the existence of the latter. This is the way in which Brzeski generates new worlds and their inhabitants.
Piotr Paziński is an author of two novels – Pensjonat (2010) and Ptasie ulice (2013) – a Joyce scholar, and editor-in-chief of the journal Midrasz.
Wojciech Smarzowski is one of the most severe societal commentators since the political transformation in Poland in 1989, his films The Wedding, The Dark House, Rose, Traffic Department and Angel tackle crucial social problems and reveal vital issues of Polish identity.
Kacper Kowalski takes to the skies above his native Poland to capture breathtaking images of natural and urban environments. This paragliding photographer’s work offers a new perspective on the landscape.
Bodo Kox is the next big thing on the Polish movie scene, his interests span artistic disciplines from music to painting, and while his critically acclaimed film proves sensitivity and a deep sense of empathy, he underlines that in 10 years he would like to be a rich, famous director sniffing cocaine off flat-bellied models on a yacht in the Mediterranean.
Known for her unique brand of "folk power with punk energy", Monika Brodka is one of the most acclaimed young Polish recording artists, brandishing success on all fronts - gold records, critical praise and industry awards. The key to her success is her fresh, experimental approach that pushes the envelope on commercial pop without alienating the masses.
The Polish-born designer Matylda Krzykowski is co-founder of Depot Basel in Switzerland. She lives and works in the Netherlands as a designer and as curator and blogger, tracking the work of young designers at www.matandme.com.
At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival he received the Best Cinematography award for his work on Jacek Borcuch's Lasting , he was cinematographer for Ari Folman's The Congress shown at the Director's Fortnight of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and the cinematographer to Małgorzata Szumowska's 33 Scenes From Life, Michał Englert is one of the most sought-after Polish cinematographers, despite his young age.
The architect from Silesia proves one doesn't have to design flashy skyscrapers or museums to gain worldwide recognition. Robert Konieczny earned his cred designing "custom made" single-family houses.
Teielte is a one-man musical menagerie devised by Paweł Strzekczyk, a producer from the city of Płock. With his 2010 debut, his music began to attract a varied lot of listeners - from hip-hop fans to admirers of electronica.
As a dancer and choreographer who has staged the movement in over a dozen Polish theatre performances at the age of 28, Weronika Pelczyńska helps bring to life protagonists in Chekhov and Dygat’s plays. She has them tap dance, ride around the stage on roller skates and swing dance.
The most humble among the most talented, Wojciech Staroń is a man who photographs, directs and travels, and who choses to transmit reality as it is, without unnecessary bling. His Argentinian Lesson is among Poland’s most awarded documentaries in recent decades. Staroń is a poet of the image, who favours truth over cinematic aesthetics.
"If you want to understand Chopin, you must hear Rafał Blechacz.", the Westfälische Nachrichten wrote. A diligent student who is performing his duty, the young pianist fills the silence in between the notes. Blechacz’s interpretations of Chopin's mazurkas and polonaises bring up the question of nationality in music. What does being Polish bring to his understanding of music written by Polish composers?
"I like the marginalised, those people that fight for something simple for themselves, love, better living standards" says Sławomir Fabicki about his hard-hitting, emotional films. His second feature comes to Polish cinemas mid-March 2013. He had to tread a difficult path before starting his studies at the Łódź Film School. He first got a degree in scriptwriting from the Łódź Film School and was accepted into the directing course on his fourth attempt.
Actress, singer and director Marta Górnicka brushes the dust off the classical traditions of the choir with a revolutionary project that shows just how powerful the human voice can be. "Directing brings together all my creative pursuits: music, acting and my experiences in solo and recording projects - all of this began to speak through the voices of many men and women".
The installations of Krystian "Truth" Czaplicki hide in plain sight. A shiny metal cigarette box lying in a puddle might be passed by thousands of people without anyone noticing it. A bronze sapling rooted in a Wrocław park looks just like any other, until one observes weld marks running down its side.
'All of my works are based on my personal experience and observations, histories and phobias. I am neither involved nor wish to be involved in art that is ‘objective’ as to content and neutral as to form'. So says Honza Zamojski, an artist who presents a sharply astute commentary on contemporary culture. He combines conventional forms of art with elements of pop and urban culture, exhibiting a particular fondness for the rhymes of the rap collective Wu Tang Clan.
The young painter's "nasty children" and "fantastic animals" invade the canvas with their morbid figures and jarring symbolism as she creates a new Gothic style that meshes surrealist imagery, medieval mystery, fairy tale themes and references to the likes of Hieronim Bosch and Francisco de Goya. At the 2013 Arco Madrid art fair, Aleksandra Waliszewska was awarded the Grand Prix for the best work presented by a contemporary foreign artist.
No matter what he directs his creative energies towards, be it interior design, furniture or public spaces, Pawel Grobelny seems to always come up with design solutions that bring him awards and international recognition.