Karol Radziszewski (b. 1980, Poland) is a multidisciplinary artist, working across film, painting, photography and installation. His archive-based methodology, crosses multiple cultural, historical, religious, social and gender references. Since 2005 he is publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine, and has founded the Queer Archives Institute in 2015.

His work has been presented in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; New Museum, New York; VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum and Muzeum Sztuki in Lodz. He has participated in several international biennales including PERFORMA 13, New York; 7th Göteborg Biennial; 4th Prague Biennial and 14th Baltic Triennial.


Karol Radziszewski

Born in 1980 in Bialystok, Poland.
Lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.


2004 MFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

Solo Exhibitions:

Auto Italia, London

One Day These Kids..., Between Bridges, Berlin
Sebastian Dreaming, Traklhaus, Salzburg
Ostreport, EXILE, Vienna
Nose up the Ass, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw
Remembering Futures, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje

Myths, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
QAI/GB-NGM, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham

Mon chéri Soviétique, BWA Wroclaw, Wroclaw

Poczet, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil
QAI/CEE, Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
Hyacinth, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
Ménage á Deux (with Maurycy Gomulicki), Labirynt Gallery, Lublin
QAI/RO, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest

The Power of Secrets, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
QAI/CEE, The Multimedia Cultural Centre Split
Queer Archives Institute, Schwules Museum / HAU, Berlin

QAI/CEE, HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts, Hellerau/Dresden

QAI/CO, Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño, Bogota
QAI/CEE, Centrala, Birmingham

Ali, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
Queer Archives Institute, Videobrasil, São Paulo

Art in America, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz
Tomorrow will be different, (with Josef Rabara), Fotograf Gallery, Prague

The Prince and Queens. The Body as an Archive, Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun
America Is Not Ready For This, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow
In the Shadow of the Flame, BWA Warszawa Gallery, Warsaw
Greetings from America!, Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
America Is Not Ready For This, FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague

America Is Not Ready For This, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw
LOVE, Raster, Warsaw
DIK. Archive, Kolonie Gallery, Warsaw
Invitation, Starter Gallery, Warsaw

Heal The World, Muzeum Sztuki / ms2, Lodz (curatorial concept project)
Body of Work, Splatterpool Artspace, New York
Backstage, Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow

Balance Exercises, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok

To Pee in a Bun, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (curatorial concept project)
Ready 2 Die, video-performance, Muzeum Sztuki / ms2, Lodz
Fag Fighters in Riga, Supernova Gallery, Riga (LV)
MARIOS DIK, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Oh!, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok
Pissing Chapel/DIK Fagazine, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London

Man, it must be great, Hamidrasha Gallery, Tel Aviv
I Always Wanted, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
The Structure of an Artistic Fact, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora

Fags, private apartment, Warsaw
Office, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s, Phoenix Art Museum

Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Arcadia, National Museum, Warsaw
Backyard, Skala Gallery, Poznan
Paszporty POLITYKI – 30 lat w sztuce, State Gallery of Art, Sopot
Close to the Body, Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow

TO BE SEEN, queer lives 1900-1950, Documentation Centre, Munich
Every Moment Counts, Henie Onstad Kunstenter, Hovikodden
Embrace Platform, Kunstlerhaus, Hannover
Embrace Platform, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Fotoklub, State Gallery of Art, Sopot

Shadows Conceal the Earth, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
The Night Will Drive a Heart, Contemporary Museum, Wrocław
11th edition of MOMENTUM Biennale House of Commons, Moss
Collection Co-selection, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin
Baltic Triennial 14: The Endless Frontier, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius
Instant Archives. Instant and Instax in Poland, National Museum, Gdansk
In the beginning was the deed!, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok
arcHIV. A Search for Traces, Schwules Museum, Berlin

W czarodziejską burzę włożę własną duszę, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw
Biennale Matter of Art, Prague Market, Prague
Theft and Destruction, Arsenal Gallery, Białystok

Kolarz, Rondo Sztuki, Katowice
Trzy plagi, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin
Her Own Way, TOP Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokio
Artyści polscy w kolekcji Bunkra sztuki, Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow
BODY WORKS, State Gallery of Art, Sopot
Pałac sztuki. Młode malastwo polskie, National Museum, Gdańsk
We will not change our show, The Brno House of Arts, Brno
Krzyszfof Garbaczewski. Badania terenow, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok

Things to learn from Facebook, Part of the 3rd Tbilisi International Triennial, Tbilisi
to Michael, In the frame of JERK OFF 2018 festival DOC!, Paris
Praktyki okupacji dzieła, Contemporary Museum, Wrocław
Jutro będzie wojna?, Museum of Modern Art Open’er Festival
Faith Love Hope, Kunsthaus Graz
Gypsyland, In a frame of the 1st Roma Biennale, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin
Plusy i minusy, Galeria Arsenał, Białystok
Dzikość serca, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Somewhere in Between, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

Przechwałki i pogróżki, TRAFO, Szczecin
Forms of Resistance, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades!, Framer Framed, Amsterdam
Art Work: Contemporary Artists from Ukraine and Poland, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kiev
Find Art, Museum of Art, Łódź
Amazing Perplexities, Lavra City Gallery, Kiev
Everything is Getting Better. Unknown Knowns of Polish (Post)Colonialism, Cavvy Contemporary, Berlin
The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Late Polishness. Forms of national identity after 1989, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
The Dynamics of Decline, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland

The Morality Reflex, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
Common Affairs, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany
Collections, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Five Pieces on a Background, IZOLYATSIA, Kiev, Ukraine
The Wild West. A History of Wroclaw’s Avant-Garde, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary
Arton Review. Around the Film Form, Arton Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
JET LAG, Platán Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
Why are we afraid of sunsets?, Gdansk City Gallery, Gdansk, Poland
QAI/BY, Y Gallery, Minsk, Belarus
Sui Generis, Dello Scompiglio, Italy
Masters Peasants Peasants Masters, BWA Sokół Gallery, Nowy Sącz, Poland
The Wild West. A History of Wroclaw’s Avant-Garde, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
Our Heart Is a Foreign Country, Studio Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

IV Odessa Biennale of Contemporary Art, Odessa
Test of Spirit, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Someone will remember us in the future, National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria
Imagined Communities, Personal Imaginations, Budapest Gallery, Budapest
AIDS: Based on a true Story, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden
Slash: In Between the Normative and the Fantasy, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga
Cannibalism? On Appropriation in Art, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Midnight Show III. Taken, Design BWA Wrocław Gallery, Wroclaw
Procedures for the head/Polish Art Today, Kunsthalle Bratislava

Kalashnikov, Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow
East Side Story, Karlin Studios, Prague
We Rather Look Back to Futures Past, Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai
Private Nationalism, Kunsthalle, Kosice, Slovakia
Crimestory, Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun
Private Nationalism, Divus, Prague
The Emperor's New Apparel, Karlin Studios, Prague

PERFORMA 13, New York
Learning from Warsaw, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Goteborg
8th Photography Biennial, Poznan
The Dangerous Liaisons, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
15th WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw
Mum, I just really need to focus on my art right now, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan
The Emperor's New Apparel, Trafo Gallery, Budapest
Enchanting Forms, IDEAS 40203, Louisville, Kentucky
I Salute the Potter’s Clay, Czarna Gallery, Warsaw
Tribute to Robakowski, Lokal 30, Warsaw

The Call of Fashion, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Rosa Arbeit auf goldender Strasse, xhibit Gallery, Vienna
Ten Percent White, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Drawing is coming back in a big way, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok
4th Artboom Festival, Krakow
Happy Birthday Mr. Fluxus, "Zamek" Culture Centre, Poznan

Spectrum. From the Zacheta Video Collection, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (A)
Thymós. The Art Of Anger 1900 – 2011, Centre of Contemporary Art Torun, Torun
14th WRO Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw
Desire is WAR, The Contemporary Art Gallery of The National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (RO)

Peep Generating, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz
Ars Homo Erotica,The National Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw
Residency Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, Novi Sad (RS)
Working Title, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Animal Manifesto, Raster Gallery, Warsaw
Fancy Success, Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Krakow
Self Publish, Be Happy, The Photographers’ Gallery, London (GB)

Prague Biennale 4, Karlin Hall, Prague (CZ)
Workers Leaving the Workplace, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (D)
New York Photo Festival, DUMBO, New York (USA)
Vogue, Laznia - Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
Smell it!, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, (AT)
Live Archive (The Generational: Younger Than Jesus), New Museum, New York (USA)

The Young and Evil, / Tate Modern, London (UK)
Just Different!, Cobra Museum, Amsterdam/Amstelveen (NL)
Another City, Another Life, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Red eye effect. Polish photography of the 21st century, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Queer Zines, New York Art Book Fair, New York (USA)
TIT FOR TAT, < rotor >, Graz (A)
Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, (szu szu), Bat-Yam (IL)
Under the Skin: New Video from Poland, New Museum, New York (USA)

Consequences and Proposals, Biennale of Young Artists, Tallinn (EST)
Collection of Art of the 20th–21th Centuries, Draft 2: Power of Formalism, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz
Views 2007, The Deutsche Bank Foundation Award, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Concrete legacy. From Le Corbusier to the Homeboys, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
5th Biennale of Photography, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan

Poza, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, (USA)
MEGAZINES, Visionaire Gallery, New York, (USA)
Love and Democracy, Laznia - Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk
Samsung Art Master, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

Duty and Rebellion, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Last Few Days of Laboratory Space, (szu szu), CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Nova Polska 70-80, (szu szu), Maison Folie de Moulins, Lille, (F)
Drang nach West(end), compact/space, Berlin, (D)

Film Festivals:

19. Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw
14. Short Waves Festival, Poznań
London Short Film Festival
Merlinka Festival, Belgrade
TLVFest - The Tel Aviv International LGBTQ+ Film Festival
BEAST International Film Festival, Porto
Ljubljana Short Film Festival

14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw
10th PLANETE+ DOC Film Festival, Warsaw
Kinomuzeum Film Festival / Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw
12th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw
10th Pink Screens Film Festival, Brussels
57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

Institutional Collections:

Arsenal Gallery, Białystok, Poland
Bunkier Sztuki Contemporary Art Gallery, Kraków, Poland
Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland
Elektrownia - Centre for Contemporary Art, Radom, Poland
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Museum of Warsaw, Poland
Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
National Museum, Gdansk, Poland
NOMUS New Museum of Art, Gdańsk, Poland
The ING Polish Art Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil
Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, Poland
Zachęta Collection, Szczecin, Poland
Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland


2017 FACE – Artist Residency Kyiv, Ukraine
2016 Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia
2016 Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil
2015 Y Gallery, Minsk, Belarus
2014 FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
2011 Residency Unlimited, New York, USA
2009 New Media, Novi Sad, Serbia
2007 Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2006 PROGR, Bern, Switzerland

Awards and Honors:

2022 The ING Polish Art Foundation Prize
2015 Minister of Culture Scholarship
2009 Paszport Polityki Award
2009 Minister of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship
2007 Deutsche Bank Foundation Prize finalist
2006 Minister of Culture Scholarship
2006 Samsung Art Master Prize
2002 Minister of Culture Scholarship