Katarzyna Krakowiak creates sculptures, performances, objects, compositions and sound installations that investigate languages used to describe architecture. Her goal is to generate acoustic environments allowing viewers-listeners to become part of the artwork and encounter architecture at the level sound. Exploring the borders of architecture, Krakowiak builds large-scale installations based on existing structures. She now also focusses on formulating the concept of architecture in linguistic categories – as an imperfective verb and a space of becoming, which appears in different ways depending on its function. Krakowiak has been honoured with numerous distinctions awarded by St. John’s College at Oxford University, Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland, and the American foundation Trust for Mutual Education, among other institutions. In 2012, she received a special award for her exhibition “Making the Walls Quake as if They Were Dilated with the Secret Knowledge of Great Power” (curated by Michał Libera) in the Polish Pavilion at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture. Since 2019, she has run the Sound Space Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2020, she created the work “It Begins with One Word. Choose Your Own” at the Barcelona Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe. Lives and works in Otwock, Poland, and Oliva, Spain.
fot. Anna Mas