Anna Kalwajtys, Poland

re-enactment of Jerzy Beres, ASIA – EUROPE, Performance Art Festival, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2016 Photo: Ping Hsu


Anna Kalwajtys is a graduate from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Faculty of Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań and the Inter-Faculty Environmental Doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.

She has participated in several performance art festivals in Poland and abroad.

In her work Kalwajtys deals with performance, video performance and object-installations.

Simultaneously, Kalwajtys works on a project beyond her discipline and undertakes curatorial tasks within the domain of performative phenomena.


I focus on the area of corporeality and a process – an inevitable element of performance art. I am inspired by a broader perspective of a body, seen as various relationships occurring on numerous levels, where limits are transgressed and the human body is seen in a wider perspective; where the limit of individuality is balancing at the verge of a broader community and, where the borders between nature and the norms of culture are blurred and, where the concept of the contemporary human being – the human body is transgressed by extending and incorporating other forms of life. I research the problematic of power, control, struggle, hate speech and discrimination – all rooted in a specific cultural context and related to the issues of corporeality. I am interested in the redefinition of the function of a body, its contextuality, primarily in the perspective of art.

My artistic activity is aimed at redefining the human condition by displaying it in the context of resistance, control and power. I research political and meta-political aspects of a body, its situation at the verge of the individual and the collective. I transgress the fundamental dichotomy of a body seen as a subject and an object as well as other divisions such as: splitting a human into body and soul, into a human and non-human body and into an individual and communal (extended) body.

Comments are closed.