Sława Harasymowicz is a Polish-born, London-based artist. She studied at the Royal College of Art, London, and is currently a PhD researcher (Fine Art practice-based research) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UAL. Her work poses questions around collective history and personal identity, memory and intimacy. Harasymowicz explores the blurred lines between knowing and not knowing, interrogated with a specific history, site, or image as a point of departure.
Harasymowicz works primarily with drawing, screen-printing, photography and found footage, frequently using tensions between the hand-made and the reproduced. Her solo exhibitions have included Ersatz (Ethnographic Museum, Kraków, Poland 2014), Wolf Man (Freud Museum, London, 2012), Dispatches (12 Star Gallery/Europe House, London, 2011) and Playhunt (temporarycontemporary, London, 2009).
Her practice-based Fine Art research at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, uses family history as case study and interrogates the relationship between history, post memory and autobiography. She is an MA graduate of the Royal College of Art, London (Visual Communication Art, 2006) and the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland (MA English Philology, thesis in comparative literature, 1997).
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). Between 2000-2004 she had worked as a translator, and BBC World Service radio production and broadcast assistant.
- PhD research
- Falcon - work in progress
- SS Thielbek - work in progress
- Ersatz, solo show, The Ethnographic Museum, Kraków, Poland. 2014
- A Tourist in Other People's Reality, Vestry House Museum, London, 2013 Boxed, Images
- Wolf Man, an exhibition, Freud Museum, London, 2012
Selected earlier work: