Małgorzata Dawidek is a Polish born visual artist, writer and art historian, currently based in the UK.
Her artistic and academic interests are located between language, visual arts, psychology, and medicine. She deals with the language aspect of communication – the relationship between words and their visual representations. She is focused on the phenomenon of the body as a text and storage of memories. The artist uses text of the body to talk about organic physicality as a continuous narration, the text “in-process”. She is interested in the extreme states of the body, anatomy, inexpressible emotions, physical limitations, and mental blockages.
Dawidek combines a wide range of media in the creation of her projects – textual objects and installations, painting, animation, photographs, written drawings, and hypertexts, which are then displayed in galleries, public spaces, and as published works of art and record.
Malgorzata Dawidek is also a researcher of visual literature and the author of numerous articles, studies, and books on visual texts, including “A Piece of Poetry” (Krakow 2012) and “History of the visual text. Poland after 1967″ (Krakow-Warsaw-Wroclaw 2012).
She was awarded scholarships: of Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2002, 2010, program “Young Poland” 2012), the Minister of Science and Information (2006-2008), Mayor of Poznań Town (2005), The Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2004-2005). In 2010 she received the award of National Centre of Culture for the best doctoral dissertation in cultural studies.
Since 1998, Dawidek’s articles, poems, and reproductions of her works have been published in various art and literary magazines, inc.: PRO ARTE (in the footer 1998-2000), Czas Kultury (in a footer 2002-2004), EXIT, RITA BAUM, HA! ART (cooperation with the magazine and publishing house since 2000) Zeszyty Artystyczne, Dyskurs, Gazeta Malarzy i Poetów, Autoportret, Opcje, Fragile, as well as in Journal of Artists Books and in exhibition catalogues.
Currently, Dawidek has been conducting her PhD practice-led research at Slade School of Fine Arts/UCL.
A fun of Virginia Woolf’s and Herta Müller’s writing.