Agnieszka Wołodźko

Welcome to the Memory of Water podcast. In this episode, we meet Agnieszka Wołodźko who curated our Research and Production Residencies in the former Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland. Agnieszka introduces her participatory practice as an artist and as a curator, and shares her personal memories of the Solidarity Movement, the importance of this history to the people of Gdańsk, and her motivations for generating new conversations on the future of this post-industrial space.

Agnieszka Wołodźko is an artist, curator and cultural researcher. She studied Architecture & Industry Design, and Painting & Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She received a PhD in Social Sciences from A. Mickiewicz University in Poznan. She produces art in public space, socially-engaged projects, photography, installation, ceramics, sound works and actions. She also facilitates workshops for various social groups. She has been a curator at rum46 in Aarhus, Denmark since 2016.

As a writer on contemporary art and culture, Agnieszka has published the books: Japan 2002-2003. Photographic Diary (2005), Reading Walls (2014), and Encounters and Microutopias. Participatory art in Scandinavia (2017). Since 2018, she has published the blog Between Art and Life in Polish and English. She is a member of the international think-tank Transbaltic, and is the President of the foundation Cultures Beyond Culture. Within the framework of the foundation, she manages RHIZOME – the Centre for Research on Participatory Art and Participatory Design.

About Memory of Water:

Memory of Water (2018–2021) is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of community development and urban planning. Over two years, the participating artists and partners from six countries are collaborating on twenty-three interconnected activities including City Labs, an international residency programme, and a filmed documentary.

Funded by Creative Europe, the project is developed and delivered by members of the River Cities Platform Foundation. Ormston House is responsible for the Artistic Direction of the project supported by the Creative Europe Ireland Desk, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Limerick Culture & Arts Office, Limerick City & County Council. Our partners are Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Intercult in Sweden.




Image: still from the short film Memory of Water: The Gdańsk Shipyard. In this film produced by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre, Iwona Zając, Agnieszka Wołodźko and Roman Sebastyański talk about working in the former Gdańsk Shipyard in Poland through artistic actions, interventions and discursive events - from pirate radio to rewilding the shipyard. You can watch Memory of Water: The Gdańsk Shipyard here.
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