Vampires, It’s Nothing To Laugh at
Video Installation
2022

This 3-channel installation uses the figure of a Slavic vampire as a metaphore for migrant identity and otherness. The work explores the notions of truth and fiction by examining various tools and systems of power that seem to allow us to distinguish one from the other. The piece explores issues of colonialism, academic classism and ethics of representation. It tells a story of loosing one’s identity and reinventing onself anew. 


Discomfort of Evening, installation view, Zachęta National Gallery, curated by Magdalena Komornicka, Warsaw 2022, photo by Hanna Linkowska.

Discomfort of Evening, installation view, Zachęta National Gallery, curated by Magdalena Komornicka, Warsaw 2022, photo by Tytus Szabelski.


Casting, film still, Kinga Michalska.

Vampires, It’s Nothing to Laugh at, film still, Kinga Michalska.


Vampires, It’s Nothing to Laugh at, film still, Kinga Michalska.


Vampires, It’s Nothing to Laugh at, film still, Kinga Michalska. 


Discomfort of Evening, installation view, Zachęta National Gallery, curated by Magdalena Komornicka, Warsaw 2022, photo by Hanna Linkowska.


Discomfort of Evening, installation view, Zachęta National Gallery, curated by Magdalena Komornicka, Warsaw 2022, photo by Hanna Linkowska. 


Borders, film still, Kinga Michalska.
Diary
2014-now
Montreal
10 years ago, I decided to leave Poland and immigrate to Canada in search of a queer home. Since I settled down in Montreal, I have been working on this ongoing photographic series documenting the local queer community which I became a part of. I have been taking portraits of my queer and trans friends from connected and connecting through queer kinship. My photographs are mainly created using point-and-shoot 35mm film cameras. I see this work as a chosen family archive depicting moments of vulnerability, love, play, tenderness and humour.



Installation view “Poganki”, curated by Agnieszka Rayzacher, lokal_30, Warsaw 2021, phot. Marcin Liminowicz.

Installation view “Poganki”, curated by Agnieszka Rayzacher, lokal_30, Warsaw 2021, phot. Marcin Liminowicz.

Installation view “Poganki”, curated by Agnieszka Rayzacher, lokal_30, Warsaw 2021, phot. Marcin Liminowicz.



10 Pine

Sarah, Bear, Bunny, Small Phoque, Big Phoque and Bat. 

Be and Lee


Navid


Kinga


Carmen









Guy and Jamaal








Sarah’s ferns


Crystal’s wig







Moe










Andy







Eliane’s bananas





George, Pomona and Rose








Candi


Alice, Navid and Nima







Sarah Mo









Kinga




Parents




Naomi and Kai





Kimura





Jordan Brown





Lactatia and Crystal







Vanja









          Jamaal
Winnie









E.









Kai and Naomi





10 Pine


Lari




Installation view “The Kitchen”, curated by Polana Institute, The Clay, Warsaw Gallery Weekend, Warsaw 2020


Installation view, MFA Open Studios 2018

Installation view, MFA Open Studios 2018

Efebia
2019
During my residency at the Gay Archives of Quebec in 2019, I came across a press clipping of an add announcing the upcoming release of “Efebos: The First Polish Magazine of Male Nudes (1991)”. When I was in Poland, I searched for that magazine in Lambda Warsaw Gay Archives. I found more of the same adds, but I was sad to realise that regardless of multiple enthusiastic announcements of it's imminent release, the magazine never actually came out. Having learned this, I decided to make an issue of this magazine myself, as a tribute to all the great queer DIY activist initiatives that failed - the art projects that were abandoned and collectives that fell apart before their first action. The result is a work of speculative fiction - a utopian erotic magazine focused on representing some of those whose absance hounts the queer archives: lesbians, bisexual women, trans and non-binary folks. For this reason I renamed it “Efebia”. I did an open call for photo submissions and for participants in an erotic shoot. I received 1 photo series and 6 model submissions. I rented a room at the legendary hotel Czarny Kot in Warsaw. We shot all day and made friends. I placed one copy of the magazine in Warsaw Gay Archives in the 90s section. 


Archival photograph featured in the magazine.

Cover image featuring Sonia Milch.

Centerfold featuring Katarzyna Szugajew.

Back cover featuring Kinga Michalska


Efebia at "La présence de l’absence - Absence is Present", curated by Virginie Jourdain, Veronique Boilard, Never Apart, Montreal, Qc, 2019.

Queer Sexting Party
2020, Montreal

This project was an invitation for community discussion and experimentation with a form of qroup sexting. Online dating and long distance relationships are becoming a lived reality for many of us. How can we practice embodied digital erotics while challenging heteronormative expectations of goal-oriented sex and sexting? If we understand sex as more than a stimulation of intimate parts, but a wide spectrum of experiences focused on mutual (or/and self-) pleasuring (and by pleasuring I mean a full spectrum of the word pleasure which expands beyond the body) and if we think of the word “queer” as a verb which means “to put in question” and “to trouble”, then can we look at sexting as a possibility for queering the notion of sex?






Queer Sexting Party at Ada X, Montreal, Qc. In collaboration with Carmen Collas and Lesbian Speed Dating. Photo documentation by Vjosana Shkurti.
Polska Queer
2017-now
Five years after immigrating to Canada to pursue my gay dream, I return to my homeland to revisit what it means to be Polish and queer. This ongoing portrait series is a love letter to friends who inspired me in how to own this complex identity.


Kasia 

Miko and Artur

Martyna and Zofka

Kasia and Emil

Dominik

Kinga