AaBKC Residency - former residents

Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence, Małgorzata Żurada

Photo by Sixten Therkildsen, courtesy of Kulturmagasinet Fine Spind.

Małgorzata Żurada was AaBKC Residency's artist-in-residence for Fall 2017 (August 14 – September 22, 2017).

Activities and Events
Etheric Activation Unit exhibition in Mellemrummet (August 18 - September 22, 2017)
- ART BAR (August 25, 2017)
- Performance at AMOK19c (September 2, 2017)
- Guest speaker, Aarhus Kunstakademi (September 31, 2017)
- Speaking with the Moon: Esotericism in Contemporary Art and Academia - a conversation with Prof. Mark Sedgwick

Etheric Activation Unit. Photo by Małgorzata Żurada

ART BAR with Małgorzata Żurada.

About Małgorzata Żurada
Małgorzata Żurada is an interdisciplinary artist based in Warsaw, Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2002 (MFA in Graphic Arts and Graphic Design) and University of Warsaw (Management in Culture, 2009). A practitioner of lifelong learning, she also studied modern mime performance at the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw (2007-2008), balinese painting at Agung Rai Museum of Art (2009), sound design at Emory University (2013), three dimensional design at Central Saint Martins, UAL (2015) among other subjects.

Her area of interest revolves around the notions of meaning and belief. She develops her works from heterodox mythologies, occult theories and rituals of past and present. The main areas of her research are visual languages connected to various belief systems and means of coding esoteric knowledge. Over the years the core of her practice has been gradually shifting from graphic arts towards more conceptual and ephemeral work, making use of performative potential of her body and embracing time and space as other factors of potential meaning. Currently her practice is interdisciplinary and includes sculptural installation, drawing, video, photography, performance and sound. Recent works are usually either interventions into existing landscapes (Sigils / 2016) or transformations of symbols and narratives into spatial or time-based experiments (Invocation of Sol / 2014, Eyes that see everything / 2017).

Małgorzata Żurada took part in exhibitions and artist-in-residence programs in Poland, Lithuania, Finland, Germany, Norway and Indonesia. She co-founded two artist-run spaces in Warsaw – Basen and 81°. Her works are in private and public collections in Poland and abroad. In 2016 she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Click here to read Fine Spind's profile of Małgorzata Żurada (in Danish).


Spring 2017 Curator-in-Residence, Mary Conlon

Photo by Mariana Gil, courtesy of Kulturmagasinet Fine Spind.

Mary Conlon was AaBKC Residency's curator-in-residence for Spring 2017 (May 17-June 26). 

Activities and Events
Art Weekend Aarhus, including Aarhus Center for Visual Art's "speed dating" event for artists and curators (May 19-21, 2017)
- The Danish Art Foundation's international curator visiting program, Copenhagen (May 22-23, 2017)
AaBKC Social #1: Ormston House & The Sustainability PlanDen Blå Hest (May 26, 2017)
AaBKC Social #2: Membership & International Studio ExchangesKH7 (May 29, 2017)
- Studio visits, Det Jyske Kunstakademiet
 (May 30, 2017)
AaBKC Social #3: The Feminist SupermarketRum46 (June 8, 2017)
AaBKC Social #4: The Museum of Mythological Water BeastsARoS Public (June 15, 2017)
ART BAR (June 22, 2017)

AaBKC Social #4: The Museum of Mythological Waterbeasts. ARoS Public. Photos by Maja Theodoraki.

About Mary Conlon
Mary Conlon is a curator based in Limerick, Ireland. She has completed studies at University College Dublin (1996-2001), Universidad de Sevilla (1999-2000), and Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (2002-2006). She is the third Shinnors Scholar and her PhD in Curatorial Studies at Limerick School of Art and Design focuses on Italo Calvino’s Harvard lectures. Her writings have been published in Irish Arts Review, COLLECTED, Paper Visual Art, and the Visual Artists’ News Sheet.

Conlon is the Founder and Co-Director of Ormston House, a cultural resource centre located in the heart of Limerick city. She is on the board of directors of EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, and is a Partner of Visual Artists Ireland, providing advocacy and advice to artists. She sits on the Migrant Exploitation Steering Group for the human rights organization, Doras Luimní. In 2016, she worked as a Cultural Programmer for Limerick’s bid for European Capital of Culture.

Recent curatorial projects include Murder Machine (2016), an evolving project co-curated with Christine Eyene as an invited response to Still (The) Barbarians curated by Koyo Kouoh; Against The Current (2015-2016), a solo exhibition by Mark Dion, co-curated with Ian Russell, curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University; and PROTOTYPES (2014), a solo exhibition by Dennis McNulty during the inaugural National City of Culture programme at Limerick City Gallery of Art. Also in 2014, she managed the Limerick edition of the Irish tour of The Enclave by Richard Mosse, Ireland’s representation at the 55th Venice Biennale.

Click here to read Fine Spind's profile of Mary Conlon (in Danish).