Artur Żmijewski (filmmaker)

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Artur Żmijewski (born 26 May 1966 in Warsaw) is a Polish visual artist, filmmaker and photographer. During the years of 1990-1995 he studied at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. He is an author of short video movies and photography exhibitions, which were shown all over the world. Since 2006 he s artistic editor of the "Krytyka Polityczna".

His solo show If It Happened Only Once It’s As If It Never Happened was at "Kunsthalle Basel" in 2005, the same year in which he represented Poland at the 51st Venice Biennale. He has shown in Documenta 12 (2007), and Manifesta 4 (2002); Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2012, 2005); National Gallery of Art Zacheta, Warsaw (2005); Kunstwerke, Berlin (2004); CAC, Vilnius (2004); "Moderna Museet", Stockholm (1999). Earlier this year he presented Democracies at "Foksal Gallery Foundation", Warsaw; and is making new work for The Museum of Modern Art (Moma) in New York as part of their Projects’ Series in September 2009. "Cornerhouse", Manchester, will also present the first major UK survey of Zmijewski’s work, spanning his practice from 2003 to the present day, from November 2009 - January 2010.

Notable works[edit]


Note: Titles in brackets are non-official English titles.

  • Ja i AIDS (Me and AIDS), 1996
  • Ogród botaniczny ZOO (ZOO, The Botanic Garden), 1997
  • Oko za Oko (An Eye for an Eye), 1998
  • Berek (The Game of Tag), 1999
  • KR WP, 2000
  • Sztuka kochania (An Art of Love), 2000
  • Karolina (Caroline), 2001
  • Na spacer (Out for a Walk), 2001
  • Lekcja śpiewu 1 (Singing Lesson 1), 2001
  • Lekcja śpiewu 2 (Singing Lesson 2), 2003
  • Pielgrzymka (Pilgrimage), 2003
  • Nasz śpiewnik (Our Songbook), 2003
  • Itzik, 2003
  • Lisa, 2003
  • 80064, 2004
  • Rendez-vous, 2004
  • Powtórzenie (Repetition), 2005
  •, 2005
  • Them, 2007
  • Democracies, 2009
  • Blindly, 2013 (Biennale di Venezia)


  • 40 Szuflad (40 Drawers), 1995

Solo exhibitions[edit]

Group exhibitions[edit]


External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

Anthony Downey, "The Lives of Others: Artur Zmijewski's "Repetition", The Stanford Prison Experiment, and the Ethics of Surveillance in Outi Remes and Pam Skelton (eds.), Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.