Malgorzata Kazmierczak (born 1979 in Krakow, Poland) holds a Ph.D. in History and is the author of many critical articles about contemporary art, especially related to performance art. Between 2011 and 2014 she was also a managing editor of the scholarly journal Art & Documentation (www.journal.doc.art.pl). Since 2011 she has been a co-editor of an English language portal www.livinggallery.info, a member of the Art & Documentation Association in Łódź, an independent curator and organiser of many international art events in Poland since 1996. Currently she is an assistant professor and a chief editor of the Publishing House at the Faculty of Painting and New Media of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. She is also active in theory and documentation of performance art.
Performance art is my passion. This is the result of contact I have had with hundreds of performance artists from around the world and it started with my live participation in the organisation of the first of the annual performance art festival “Castle of Imagination”. These festivals have presented almost 400 artists from 35 countries since 1993 (http://www.performance.art.pl/en/en.html). Active participation in many performance art festivals (as reviewer, as photo and video documenter, as technician, as translator) allows me to recognise performance artists and performance art styles. Working as managing editor of the scholarly journal Art and Documentation allows me to keep contact with art historians and theoreticians who focus on performance art, as well as to keep track of the intellectual reflection on it. For two years I have edited the English-language portal www.livinggallery.info in which texts by performance artists and art critics on the theme of live art are published from all over the world. I have organised numerous performance art events. I am also a former chair of the Foundation for the Promotion of Performance Art “Kesher”.
Performance art is for me an innovative art genre of enormous power of expression. Through the curation of this work, I would like to underline this belief by the presentation of risk-taking artistic events around the world. The nature of performance art, which is an art with no rules, requires a great deal of creativity in its presentation, organisation and the discussing of it. I see the presentation of performance art in the context of an art institution as involving: encounters with imaginative individuals, directness, experiment, challenging the context of space, social, political and cultural issues. Working outside of the institutional comfort zone. Highlighting the passion of creation. Inviting a variety of attitudes and openness. Verification of opinions and ideas. Observing the contemporary and exploring the history of performance art. Documentation and reflection.