Aneta Grzeszykowska - A selfie Photo of the artist, 2014 - Image via culturepl gallery york courtesy Courtesy Project from 2005 and 2015 was put in a 2016 book - gallery york courtesy

Aneta Grzeszykowska

Poland 1974

Sculpture, Photography, Video Art

Aneta Grzeszykowska
Aneta Grzeszykowska
January 24, 2017
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Definitely one of the most shocking artists emerging from the famous Raster generation, Aneta Grzeszykowska is a Polish author who uses photography, video and digital techniques to explore various issues that most of us are usually not prepared to investigate[1]. Her pieces tend to get quite shocking to unprepared viewers as Grzeszykowska will stop at nothing in order to get her message across. Through her rather varied work, this artist takes a look at our most private aspects, seeing how far can issues of intimacy, self-awareness and self-erasure take her.

Photographs from 2005 - 2014 Selfie Series Project were in an untitled museum black book
Aneta Grzeszykowska – Selfie #4, 2014 – Image via

Diverse Artistic Practice of Aneta Grzeszykowska

Both Aneta Grzeszykowska and her husband Jan Smaga graduated from the Graphic Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the Polish capital. Although radically different from the work that will eventually put her on the map of the art world, the experience of studying at the Graphic Design Department served Aneta rather well in the long run. Aneta Grzeszykowska and her husband Jan Smaga remain active as an artistic collaboration to this day, working both as a team of photographers and independently. As it was said earlier, all of Aneta’s pieces are underlined by an intimate note. Grzeszykowska primarily focuses on the combined media of film and photography to create metaphorical, symbolic narratives that give us small and shocking glances into the ideas of childhood, womanhood and self-awareness. Her subjects are treated as marionettes or soulless characters, only present so the artist can transport her ideas over to the audience. It should be noted that Grzeszykowska is quite fond of using digital techniques in order to manipulate the material she created previously. By doing so, she gives birth to new contexts, expanding her pieces to incredible heights and new dimensions[2].

The art of Aneta Grzeszykowska tends to get quite shocking to the viewers who are unprepared for the kind of work this author is known for

New York Gallery and Film Museum showed untitled selfie series of black photographs works
Aneta Grzeszykowska – A Still from a Video called Headache, 2008 – Image via

Not Stopping at Nothing

The immense talent Aneta Grzeszykowska displays whilst working with various mediums and techniques is only furthered by her ability to use her own body as a creative Swiss Army knife[3], applying it to her pieces with fantastic results. This kind of practice is definitely best explained by the artist herself: My body and surroundings play a major role in my work for technical reasons – these are easily accessible and ample components of creation. My work is deeply rooted in the mundane reality. The questions I ask are addressed to me. Such an approach only makes Aneta Grzeszykowska more interesting to the viewers who already perceive her as a pivotal author associated with the Raster generation, one of Poland’s most creative institutions.

Aneta Grzeszykowska lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.


  1. Scheller, J., Aneta Grzeszykowska, Frieze, 21 May 2015
  2. Johnson, P., Farley, M. A., We Went to Aneta Grzeszykowska: NO/BODY, Artfcity, September 9, 2016
  3. Anonymous, ANETA GRZESZYKOWSKA: ART MEANS MORE THAN COMMUNICATION, Contemporary Lynx, Aug 19, 2015

Featured image: Aneta Grzeszykowska – A Photo of the artist – Image via
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Aneta GrzeszykowskaEleven Rivington, New York City, NY Solo
2016Aneta Grzeszykowska: NobodyLyles & King, New York City, NY Solo
2016Aneta Grzeszykowska: Krakow Photomonth FestivalMuseum of Contemporary Art in Kraków (MOCAK), Krakow Solo
2016Aneta Grzeszykowska: Touristin (Tourist)Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna Solo
2016Szalona GaleriaMuseum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw Group
2016Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Salon of New PhotographyGaleria Raster, Warsaw Group
2016Love PerformanceGaleria Labirynt, Lublin Group
2016Activities With FamilyGaleria Raster, Warsaw Group
2015Aneta Grzeszykowska: SelfieKunsthal Brænderigården, Viborg Solo
2015[A] SYMETRIEZacheta Lublin, Lublin Group
2015Blue Moon: The Feeling of LightKunsthalle HGN, Duderstadt Group
2015Pattern, fabric, thread. Art vs. Design? vol. 2Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk Group
2015Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: State of Life. Polish Contemporary Art within a Global CircumstanceNational Art Museum of China, Beijing Group
2015Ars moriendi Sztuka umieraniaBWA Tarnów Contemporary Art Gallery, Tarnów Group
2015Cannibalism? On Appropriation In ArtNational Gallery of Art, Warsaw Group
2015Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Procedures for the head. Polish Art TodayNárodné osvetové centrum, House of Art, Bratislava Group
2014Aneta Grzeszykowska: SelfieGaleria Raster, Warsaw Solo
2014Fragile Sense of Hope. Art Collection Telekomme Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin Group
2014(Mis)Understanding: Werke und Manifeste zur FotografieMuseum Folkwang Essen, Essen Group
2014CrimestoryCenter of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun Group
2014Dzień Jest Za Krótki (Kilka Opowieści Autobiograficznych)BWA Sokol Gallery of Contemorary Art, Nowy Sacz Group
2014As You Can See. Polish Art TodayMuseum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw Group
2014The Day is Too Short (A Few Autobiographical Stories)Galeria Miejska Arsenal, Poznan Group
2013Aneta Grzeszykowska: Death And The MaidenNational Gallery of Art, Warsaw Solo
2013EditionshowChert, Berlin Group
2013The Day Is Not Enough (A Few Autobiographical Stories)Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw Group
2013The Day is Not EnoughProgram Gallery, Warsaw Group
2013Hair and SkinDerek Eller Gallery, New York City, NY Group
2013Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: HomebodiesMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, IL Group
2013Reality CheckHigh House Gallery, Clanfield, Oxfordshire Group
2013Twisted EntitiesPolnisches Institut Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf Group
2012Aneta Grzeszykowska: Czarne FilmyGaleria BWA Zielona Gora, Zielona Góra Solo
2012Aneta Grzeszykowska: AnagramsArsenal Gallery, Bialystok Solo
2012Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Private ArchiveGaleria Raster, Warsaw Solo
2012A Disagreeable ObjectSculptureCenter, New York City, NY Group
2012Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Body LanguageCentre culturel Suisse, Paris Group
2012Broken Movie. Cinematic moments in contemporary artAwangarda Gallery BWA Wrocław, Wroclaw Group
2012Dancing towards the EssenceKunsthaus Grenchen, Grenchen Group
2012Déjà-vu? Die Kunst der Wiederholung von Dürer bis YouTubeStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe Group
2011LovetimeHarris Lieberman, New York City, NY Solo
2011OstalgiaNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY Group
2011Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Not In PlaceCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Group
2011PeaceArsenal Gallery, Bialystok Group
2011I Like the Art World and the Art World Likes MeThe Elizabeth Foundation for the Art, New York City, NYGroup
2010Aneta GrzeszykowskaHeidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg Solo
2010Aneta Grzeszykowskas: BirthdayGalerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna Solo
2010Ostatni FilmGaleria Raster, Warsaw Group
2010I see things that are not therePolish Institute in Rome, Rome Group
2010Karaoke: Bildformen des ZitatsGalerie Fotohof, Salzburg Group
2009Aneta GrzeszykowskaGaleria Raster, Warsaw Solo
2009Beg Borrow and StealRubell Family Collection, Miami, FL Group
2009Counter LogicDuncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee, Scotland Group
2009Szczyt bohaterówGallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow Group
2009She Devil on TourNational Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest Group
2009She Devil 3Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome Group
2008Aneta Grzeszykowska: HeadacheGalerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna Solo
2008Aneta Grezeszykowska och Jan SmagaKarlskrona Konsthall, Karlskrona Solo
2008Videozone 4The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Group
2008Reality CheckStatens museum for kunst, Copenhagen Group
2008NOLEFTOVERSKunsthalle Bern, Bern Group
2008Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Krzywe koloGaleria Raster, Warsaw Group
2008Prinz Gholam & Aneta GrzeszykowskaKunsthaus Graz, Graz Group
2008Fais en sorte que je puisse te parler Mache, dass ich zu dir sprechen kannGalerie Kamm, Berlin Group
2008Martian Museum of Terrestrial ArtBarbican Art Gallery, London Group
2007Pensa | Piensa | ThinkArts Santa Mònica, Barcelona Group
2007ANACHRONISMArgos, Brussels Group
2007Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: new documentalistsGaleria BWA Zielona Gora, Zielona Góra Group
2006Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: new documentalistsEsterházy Palace, Bratislava Group
2006POZAReal Art Ways, Hartford, CT Group
2006Pre-EmptiveKunsthalle Bern, Bern Group
2006partoftheprocess2Zero, Milan Group
2006Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: New DocumetalistsCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw Group
20064. Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst3. Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin Group
2005Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan SmagaRobert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY Solo
2005Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Principles Of ConstructionNymphius Projekte Berlin, Berlin Group
2005Contemporary identitiesWarehouse A', Port of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki Group
2004Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Grzeszykowska & SmagaGalerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam Solo
2004Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: From AboveGeorg Kargl Fine Arts & Georg Kargl Box, Vienna Group
2004Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan SmagaRobert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY Group
2004Aneta Grzeszykowska & Jan Smaga: Lodz Biennale 2004Lodz Biennale, Lodz Group