Malgorzata Dawidek

Malgorzata Dawidek is a Polish-born artist, writer and art historian. She studied Painting and Art Criticism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland and holds a PhD in Art History from the Institute of Art History at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Since 2015 Malgorzata has been undertaking research at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.

Malgorzata Dawidek has been with VARC at Highgreen for a month-long research and development residency during August 2018.  Malgorzata’s practice is connected with her own body condition.

Malgorzata has used her residency to undertake a series of lone performances that exlore how the body responds to locations in the rural landscape, as well as notions of pain and the ill body.  Each performance expresses the relationship between her condition, feelings and the features of the chosen location using her body as language.  The performances are documented photographically and with video.

Malgorzata has, until now, lived and made her performance pieces in urban indoor spaces and galleries.  This residency has given the artist a chance to explore and make work in the vastly different remote rural outdoor locations around Highgreen.

The artist held a one-day exhibition at the conclusion of her residency displaying images and video pieces documenting the lone performances.

This is a pilot residency that was advertised to artists who self-identify as disabled.  It grew out of time spent with disabled curator/artist, advocate and consultant, Aidan Moesby who has advised and guided VARC in the process throughout.  We hope that learning from this short residency, VARC will be better able to welcome more diverse and disabled artists to all its residencies in the future.

See Malgorzata’s website here for more about the artist.

This residency has been made possible by funding from the Gillian Dickinson Trust.