International Studio Programme : August 2010

Goshka Macuga


Photograph: Hugo Tillman

Goshka Macuga attended Wojciech Gerson School of Art in Warsaw, Central Saint Martins School of Art, London and Goldsmiths College, London. She merges the roles of collector, curator and artist, creating carefully staged, mixed-media installations that draw on the conventions of the historical archive and exhibition making. Her installations play with historic objects and documents. Creating complex networks of reference they are poignant reminders of the profound relation between aesthetics and politics. She uses techniques and styles common in archiving and museum display. Macuga's solo exhibitions include, 'The Nature of The Beast' (2009-10), Whitechapel Gallery, London; 'I Am Become Death' (2009), Kunsthalle Basel; 'Objects in Relation, Art Now' (2007), Tate Britain London; 'Sleep of Ulro' (2006), Liverpool. Group exhibitions include the 53rd Venice Biennale: 'Fare Mondi/Making Words…', Venice; 'The Great Transformation: Art and Tactical Magic', Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 'Martian Museum of Terrestial Art', Barbican Art Gallery, London; 'The British Art Show', Baltic and touring the UK. She has also participated in the the 27th São Paulo Biennial (2006) and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008.