Joanna Pawlik lives and works in Krakow
She works with painting, drawing, photography and video.
Joanna Pawlik graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow (studies at the Faculty of Painting in 1994–1999, diploma in the studio of Prof. Leszek Misiak). In 2018, she obtained a PhD in visual arts at the Faculty of Arts at the Pedagogical University KEN in Krakow.
The starting point for Joanna Pawlik’s art is the intimate issue of her own disability which is later expanded by including works by amateur artists into her exhibitions. By creating with other “performers of life” coherent statements in the form of exhibitions she curates and performances she directs, the artist modifies the tenor of amateur works. In the case of Pawlik’s art, the process of creating the works is as important as their “autonomous” existence. Striking relationships, overcoming barriers, repeating improvised stories and increasing the activity of the socially disabled lies in the core of Joanna Pawlik’s artistic practice. The artist wants to make a change and facilitate the authors’ coming out, which literally means coming out of the house. She herself had to face the “staring” when, after years of felling ashamed, she finally revealed her disability by showing her personal artworks to the public.