Ewa Partum

Ewa Partum (born 1945 in Grodzisk Mazowiecki; lives and works in Berlin) belongs to the generation of the first Polish conceptual artists. She is also considered one of the pioneers of feminist art in Eastern Europe. Since the late 1960s, her multimedia work has been concerned with linguistics and the materialization of language in an attempt to discover a new artistic expression for her social activism. Her practice was loosely related to the tradition of Constructivism in Poland and its experiments on the border between visual art and poetry, which Partum updated within the conceptual discourse of the time. Often ephemeral realizations and formally temperate performances conceal a radical destructive gesture that appears as a kind of rebellion against the totalitarian regime in Eastern Europe.

Partum has had many solo exhibitions, e.g., at the Hunt Kastner in Prague (2019), the Museum of Art in Łódź (2015), the Wyspa Institute of Art in Gdańsk (2006), as well as group exhibitions, e.g., at MoMA in New York (2015–2016), the Tate Modern in London (2012–2013), the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012), the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2010), the Museum moderner Kunst in Vienna (2009) and MoCA in Los Angeles (2007).