Karolina Breguła (b. 1979) – artist working in the fields of film, video, photography, installation and happening. Graduate of the Film School in Łódź, where she received her PhD in 2015. Her work explores the problems of the status of the artwork, the materiality of art objects and their functioning within the institutional frameworks. The artist also scrutinises the reception of contemporary art and undermines official art narrations, questioning their hermetic language and opening them to new interpretations. Breguła encourages viewers to actively participate in the process, to interact and to challenge the established manners of reception. The artist also explores the problematic of the social role of art and the myths that revolve around it. Despite her awareness of the involved limitations, Breguła attempts to take art out of the gallery space. Her films inhabit the borderland of contemporary art and the cinema – they are shown both at art galleries and film festivals. Her work has been exhibited at the National Museum in Warsaw, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Jewish Museum in New York, and at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice. Breguła received the second prize in the competition Views 2013 – Deutsche Bank Award and the third prize in the 2007 Samsung Art Master contest. In 2016, her film Office for Monument Construction won the Golden Claw Award in the Visions Apart Competition at the 41st Gdynia Film Festival. Lives and works in Warsaw. 



EDUCATION

2011 - 2015   PhD, Doctoral studies, National Film Television and Theatre School, Łódź, Poland
2005 - 2010   MA, National Film Television and Theatre School, Łódź, Poland  
2002 - 2004   European Academy of Photography, Warsaw, Poland
2000 - 2002   Photography school GFU, Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm, Sweden

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS

2016
Photophobia, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin (solo exhibition)
Unusefulness, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław, Poland (solo exhibition)
Film, Galeria Bałtycka, Centrum Działań Kreatywnych, Ustka, Poland (solo exhibition)
I don't Cry Over Sculptures, Upper Ray Galler, Treasure Hill, Taipei, Taiwan (solo exhibition)
Office for Monument Construction, Market Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (solo exhibition)
Renovation, a word disgusting like a cokroach, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, Poland (solo exhibition)
I don't Cry Over Sculptures, Szklarnia Szkoły Filmowej gallery, Łódź, Poland (solo exhibition)

2015
I don't Cry Over Sculptures, lokal_30 gallery, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
Stories, Polish Institute Gallery, Berlin, Germany (solo exhibition)

2014
The Soup, AC Institute, New York, USA (solo exhibition)
Progress, Eastwards Prospectus, Bucharest, Romania (solo exhibition)
The Tower, Warszaw Chamber Opera, Warszawa, Poland (opera performance)

2013

Leaving, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
The Centre of Everything, Atlas Sztuki, Łódź, Poland (solo exhibition)
Uprooted, BWA, Katowice, Poland (solo exhibition)
Video screenings, Kolonia artystów, Gdańsk, Poland (solo exhibition)
Strange works, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (performative lectures)

2012
Spacial forms in the face of the disaster, EL Gallery, Elbląg, Poland (performative science conference)
Runda med förklaring av offentliga utsmyckningar, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden
Breakfast on the Grass, Euro Art, Łódź, Poland

2011
Corrective photographs - documentation
, Galeria Archeologia Fotografii, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
Corrective photographs, Warsaw, Poland (public space installations)
Wschodnia Gallery Archive Reconstruction, Galeria Wschodnia, Łódź, Poland (solo exhibition)
Art Lover, Centre for Contemporary Art “Łaźnia”, Gdańsk, Poland (happening and a solo presentation of one work)
Useful Art: Richard Long - A line made by walking,  No Women No Art public space art festival, Poznań, Poland
Explaining the Art Exhibition
, 13 Muz Gallery, Zachęta Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland (performative gallery guiding)
Explaining the Art Exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Art „Ujazdowski Castle”, Warsaw, Poland (performative gallery guiding)
Explaining the Art Exhibition, Zachęta National GalleryWarsaw, Poland (performative gallery guiding)
Explaining the Art Exhibition, Centre of Contemporary Art „Łaźnia”, Gdańsk, Warsaw, Poland (performative gallery guiding)
Explaining the Art Exhibition, Warsaw; BWA Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland (performative gallery guiding)
Explaining the Art Exhibition, Le Guern Gallery, Warsaw (performative gallery guiding)

2010
Good Neighbours, Halo Galeria, Olsztyn, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Akademickie Centrum Kultury, Lublin, Poland (solo exhibition)
Good Neighbours, Galeria Szara, Cieszyn, Poland (solo exhibition)
Summer in the middle, Plac Konstytucji, Warszawa (installation in the public space)

2009
Good Neighbours, Watching tv, Grodno, Belarus (happening)
Good Neighbours, Borrowing salt and sugar, Kaliningrad, Russia (happening)

2008
Artistic emergency service, Galeria XS, Kielce, Poland (solo exhibition)
Artistic emergency service, Train station, Kielce, Poland (happening)
The married women (Karolina Breguła & Ola Buczkowska), Galeria znad Wisły, Vilnius, Lithuania (solo exhibition)
Lovebook, Galeria Pauza, Kraków, Poland (solo exhibition)
Good Neighbors, Shopping, Lviv, Ukraine (happening)
Good Neighbours, Waving hello, Cieszyn, Poland (happening)
Good Neighbours, Overhearing, Zlin, Slovakia (happening)

2007
Lovebook, Galeria 65, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
The married women (Karolina Breguła & Ola Buczkowska), Galeria Nowych Mediów, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland (solo exhibition)
Video camera, Galeria Nowych Mediów, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland (solo exhibition)
Good Neighbours, Watering flowers, Vilnius, Lithuania (happening)
Good Neighbours, Having coffee, Berlin, Germany (happening)

2006
All I see is the palace, Polish culture days, Uppsala, Sweden (solo exhibition)
All I see is the palace, Desigh Hu, Budapest, Hungary (solo exhibition)
The married women, (Karolina Breguła & Ola Buczkowska), Galeria Program, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
Warsaw, Galeria kawiarnia, Warsaw, Poland
The married women (Karolina Breguła & Ola Buczkowska), Galeria FF, Łódź, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Fachhochschule, Potsdam, Germany (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Main LIBS, Frankfurt, Germany (solo exhibition)

2005
All I see is the palace, Galeria Jubileuszowa Pałacu Kultury i Nauki, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Neues Rathaus, Gottingen, Germany (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Landtag, Stadt- und Landesbibliothek, Potsdam, Germany (solo exhibition)
All I see is the palace, Galeria traffic, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Jugendzentrum Glad-House, Cottbus, Germany (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Börgeramt Innerstadt, Köln, Germany (solo exhibition)

2004
An artist for sale (Karolina Breguła & Wojciech Rudzki), Jazzgot, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Galeria „5”, Górnośląskie Centrum Kultury, Katowice, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Galeria INTACTO, Katowice, Poland Let them see us, Goethe Institute, Bucharest, Romania (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Atrium der ver.di Bundesverwaltung, Berlin, Germany (solo exhibition)

2003
Let them see us, Galeria Towarzystwa Sztuk Pięknych ”Pałacyk”, Warsaw, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Galeria Burzym & Wolff, Cracow, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, CSW „Łaźnia”, Gdańsk, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Zagłębiowski Instytut Sztuki, Sosnowiec, Poland (solo exhibition)
Let them see us, Galeria Czarna Łódź Podwodna, Wrocław, Poland (solo exhibition)



SELECTED SCREENINGS

2017
Office for Monumnet Construction, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2016
The Tower
, FidMarseille Film Festival, Marseille, France
Office for Monumnet Construction, Gdynia Film Festival, Poland
The Tower, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
The Offence
, Kyiv International Short Film festival, Ukraine
Office for Monumnet Construction, Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland
The Offence, She Devil, Leipzig, Germany

2015
The Tower (work-in-progress), Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg, Sweden
Zupa, Viennacontemporary Filmprogram, Vienna, Austria
The Soup and Fire-Followers, Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic 

2014
Fire-Followers, The Filmmaking Turn, Akbank Sanat Istanbul, Turkey
The Soup, Knoll Gallery, Vienna, Austria
The Offence, Artists' Film Biennial, ICA, London, UK
The Soup, TR Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland
Fire-Followers, Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
Fire-Followers, Kino Piast, Cieszyn, Poland

2013
Fire-Followers, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Fire-Followers, New Horizons Film Festival, Wrocław, Poland
Fire-Followers, Alternativa, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdańsk, Poland
Fire-Followers, National Museum, Cracow, Poland
Fire-Followers, Artist Village, Genk, Belgium
The Offence, Crosstalk Videoart Festival, Toldi, Budapest, Hungary 
The Offence, Workshops of Culture, Lublin, Poland

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 
It happened tomorrow, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia
Escape from the "Liberty" Cinema, Galerie im Saalbau, Berlin
Lux, Archeology of Photography Gallery, Warsaw
Borders of the Gesture
, Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, Germany
After the Rally, Studio Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Common Affairs, DB Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
Alternativa, Uszczerbki i straty, Gdańsk, Poland
Zaczyn, Szara Gallery, Katowice, Poland
Nic z tego nie będzie, Austrian Cultural Forum, Warsaw, Poland (exhibition by Karolina Breguła and Marko Lulić)
De-Mo-Cra-Cy, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, Poland
Ordets Akt, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
F.Y.I., Galeria TAV, Taipei, Taiwan
Nowe ilustracje, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok


2015
The 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Myth, Europe House Georgia, Tibilisi, Georgia
Festiwal FORMA, Warsaw, Poland
Za ścianą, CSW Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland
Peekskill Project 6, Hudson Valley Centre for Contemporary Art, USA
Videonale, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
We are here, BWA, Zielona Góra, Poland
Learning to read, Stary Browar, Poznań, Poland
We have time, Andel's Hotel, Łódź, Poland 
Wisła Bistro (a happening in frames of Warsaw Resort exhibition), Warsaw, Poland
Museum at Dusk (performans in frames of Contexts Performance Festival), Sokołowskao, Poland

2014
Sights and Sounds, Jewish Museum, New York, USA
Raptures nad Convergences, Galeria Kuad, Stambuł, Turkey 
Deliberations on Economics Cooked Up In the Back Room. 30 Years of Wschodnia Gallery, Museum of Arti, Łódź, Poland
GoEast, Wiesbaden, Germany

2013
The Views, Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Reflection Centre for Suspended Histories. An Attempt
, The Venice Biennale, The Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research, Venice, Italy
The Stranger, Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, South Korea
Present/Presence, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Holland
Seoul, Seoul, Changdong Art Studio, Seoul, South Korea
Uncertain places, Knoll Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Uncertain places
,
Knoll Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Workers of the Artworld Unite
, Centre for Contemporary Ary Kronika, Bytom
Workers of the Artworld Unite, Galeria Szara, Cieszyn

2012
Artificiality, Archeology of Photography Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
It's time for Sneakers, Künstlerhaus, Dortmund, Germany
Enclave, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

2011
Otulina, Kordegarda Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Young Polish Artists on Tour, Uqbar Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2010
Brzuch Atlasa, Galeria Atlas, Łódź, Poland
Open City Festival, city space, Lublin, Poland
Homo Ars Erotica, National Museum, Warsaw, Poland
Failier in art, Galeria Emdes, Wrocław, Poland

2009
Kolekcja Zdarzeń – sztuka istnieje poza obrazem: pokaz kolekcji Dariusza Bieńkowskiego, Galeria Atlas, Łódź, Poland
Video Punkt, Galeria Studio, Warsaw, Poland

2008
Iluzja jako źródło cierpień, Galeria Bielska BWA, Bielsko Biała, Poland
Red Eye Effect, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Polsk kvinnodagbok, Konsert&Kongress, Uppsala, Sweden
Biennale of Young European Art Supermarket Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland
Pętle czasu, Festiwal Józefa Robakowskiego, Łodź, Poland
Free Form Festiwal, Fabryka Trzciny, Warsaw, Poland
Samsung Art Master, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Versus, Fotospace, Wrocław, Poland

2007
Power, Museum of Cinematography, Łódź, Poland (presentation in the frames of a festival)

2006

Poza, Real Artways, Hartford, USA
Love and democracy, Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia, Gdańsk, Poland
Film School student exhibition, Galeria 65, Warsaw, Poland

2005
EAF diploma graduation exhibition, Galeria Wozownia Toruń, Poland
Festival of Photography in Łódź, Poland

2004
Wrocławnonstop, II Festiwal Młodej Sztuki, Wrocław, Poland
Biennale of Young European Art Supermarket Sztuki, Warsaw, Poland
Love and democracy, Art Poznań, Poznań, Poland From Targowa to Złota, Warsaw, Poland

2002
Art Poznań Targi Sztuki, Poznań, Poland
House of Photography exhibition, Galeria Strefa, Warsaw, Poland

2001
Tretton, GFU diploma graduation exhibition, Galleri 5, Stckholm, Sweden
 

 

PRIZES AND SCHOLARSHIPS

2016    Golden Claw, Gdynia Film Festival
2015    
Videobrasil prize for Fire-Followers
2013    
Views 2013 - 2nd prize
2013    UNESCO scholarship
2013    Młoda Polska Scholarship
2013    Visegrad Fond Scholarship
2012    Ministry of Culture Scholarship
2012    Nomination for Przeciąg 2012
2009    The One Minutes Poland - 1st and 3rd prize
2008    Samsung Art Master - 3rd prize
 

 

RESIDENCIES

2016    
Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan
2015    
Villa Romana, Florence, Italy 
2014    KulturKuntakt, Vienna, Austria 
2013    Residency Unlimited, New York, USA 
2013    Budapest Art Quarter, Budapest, Hungary
2013    National Museum for Contemporary Art, Changdong Art Studio, Seul, S-Korea
2012    Objectifs, Centre for Photography and Filmmaking, Singapore
2012    WARP Artist Village, Belgium