In 2005, Aleksandra Sojak-Borodo graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń with a degree in graphics, with specialization in drawing. She defended her doctorate in visual arts, entitled “Przestrzenie bieli” (Spaces of White). She works at the Drawing Department of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, creates installations, objects, drawings, performances. Sojak-Borodo is the curator of the International Exhibition of Student Drawing, held since 2008 at the Wozownia Art Gallery and the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. She organizes artistic workshops for children and young people; cooperates with Katarzyna Skrobała and Grupa jajego, with which she realized the social and artistic project “Rubinkowo.”
“Mrówkowiec nad Balatonem” (High-rise Apartments by the Balaton) – Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz, 24.10.19 – 15.12.2019
“Podniebniki” (Underskies) – Wozownia Art Gallery in Toruń, 22.11.2019 – 22.12.2019

Both exhibitions and the accompanying publication are an artistic reflection on the spaces of the city. The titles of the exhibitions are very important to me – both a riddle and a starting point for activating the imagination. Mrówkowiec nad Balatonem! – when I first heard about that place, I immediately smiled and thought to myself: That sounds mysterious and romantic. When preparing the exhibition, I found out that the Bydgoszcz “Balaton”, although one of the kind, isn’t the only one in Poland – there are numerous parks and ponds of that name, which shows how language is able to warm up and gild mundaneness. This mundaneness is inspiring for me in itself, but naming it in this way, it opens up spaces where we encounter something unusual and elusive. High-rises always fascinated me as the places where so many histories happen at the same time – when I was a child, I dreamt about living in a high-rise, preferably on the last floor, near the sky. With time, blocks of flats have become interesting objects for me, and I depict them using various media. Therefore, calling them “Podniebniki” (Underskies) seems to be adequate for my concept.

Aleksandra Sojak-Borodo

Start 24.10.2019 6pm
20 Gdańska St.
End 15.12.2019

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