Sława Harasymowicz is a Polish-born, London-based artist and a PhD candidate at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Harasymowicz works mainly with drawing, photography, screen printing and installation, frequently using public archives, family album and the Internet as sources or points of departure for 'personal', auto/biographic and site-responsive projects.
Her work poses questions around history and contemporary identity, narrative, as well as the function of images and their relationship to words in invoking and 'recreating' memory, with the 'personal' and the subjective voice adopted as a strategy to subvert individual, political and cultural forgetting.
Recent solo exhibitions have included Ersatz at the Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, Poland and Wolf Man in Freud Museum, London. Work in progress includes projects in UK and in Poland.
Currently a PhD candidate (practice-based Fine Art research) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, Harasymowicz is an MA graduate of the Royal College of Art, London (2006) and the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland (MA English Philology 1997). She had worked as a translator and BBC World Service radio broadcast assistant.
Harasymowicz is the author of drawings for Wolf Man, (Self Made Hero, 2012), the first graphic novel/artist book adaptation of Sigmund Freud’s case study of Sergei Pankejeff. Twice first prize winner in the V&A Illustration Awards, in 2010 she was a member of the V&A Awards jury. Her screen prints are held in the V&A permanent Prints and Drawings collection. She was a recipient of the Royal College of Art scholarship (2004-5 and 2005-6) and the Arts Foundation Fellowship (2008).
Selected recent projects (2014-2012):
- PhD research
- Ersatz, solo show, The Ethnographic Museum, Kraków, Poland. 2014
- A Tourist in Other People's Reality, Vestry House Museum, London, 2013
- Wolf Man, an exhibition, Freud Museum, London, 2012
Selected earlier work: