Piotr Krajewski (born in 1956) is a curator and author engaged in contemporary art, electronic art, and interactive art as well as new media issues.
Curator and author engaged in contemporary, electronic, media and interactive art as well as new media issues. Born in 1956.
He is a graduate of cultural studies at the University of Wrocław, chief curator of the WRO Art Centre in Wrocław and a lecturer at the Artistic University in Poznań and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław.
In 1988 Piotr Krajewski, together with Violetta Kutlubasis-Krajewska and Zbigniew Kupisz, created the OPEN STUDIO/WRO cooperative. The first WRO Media Art Biennale took place in 1989. From day one of the festival Krajewski played the role of its artistic chief executive. The WRO Media Art Biennale, especially in the first phase of its existence back in the 1980s and the 1990s, was very important in the process of democratising media technology in Poland and helped Polish audiences recognize new European and World accomplishments in media art.
From the beginning of the 1990s Krajewski has realized many exhibitions in Poland and abroad, such as Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Kunsthalle in Vienna, Kunsthall Aarhus in Denmark, the National Museum in Wrocław, and Bunkier Sztuki in Kraków.
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As well as being engaged in the preparation of permanent exhibitions at the WRO Art Centre, Krajewski is also a curator of important exhibitions of Polish artists living in the West, including the From Monument to Market: Video and Public Space exhibition in Podewil Zentrum für Aktuelle Kunst in Berlin which explores works of Polish artists from the 1970s. In 2009 he curated Ukryta Dekada: Polska Sztuka Wideo 1895-1995 (editor’s translation: A Hidden Decade: Polish Video Art 1895-1995), an exhibition that attempts to summarize this important period in Polish media art. The exhibition held in the National Museum in Wrocław and Bunkier Sztuki in Kraków conjoined the most iconic Polish video artists’ works, showing their reactions to the changing sociopolitical situation in Poland.
Within different projects and exhibitions Krajewski collaborated with Mirosław Bałka, Robert Cahen, Izabella Gustowska, Garry Hill, Paweł Janicki, Istvan Kantor, Leszek Knaflewski, Igor Krenz, Dominik Lejman, Józef Robakowski, Zbigniew Rybczyński and Carolee Schneemann.
Between 1992 and 2004 Krajewski, together with Violetta Krajewska, realized more than 150 artistic programmes, films, pioneering broadcasts of performances and intermedia operations for Polish Television.
Author: Michał Krawczak, translated by Antoni Wiśniewski, April 2016