Dealing with the social structures and political subtexts of our everyday lives is essential for Alicja Rogalska’s interdisciplinary practice. With a research-oriented approach that includes theoretical and archival research as well as interviews and discussions, this Polish artist usually develops her works for specific environments and contexts. One of the main thrusts of her performances, installations, videos and situations, which often arise in collaboration with other people, is the joint development of emancipatory visions for a different future.
For Ruhr Ding: Schlaf, Alicja Rogalska explores the history of the Essen district of Steele. She poses questions, such as: do architecture and social life depend on one another? Which needs, especially those of women, are not met by certain architectures and how can a safe urban space be created in which to enable reflections on the present and future?
Alicja Rogalska holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw and an MA degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College in London. She is currently working on her PhD project, which deals with visions of the future in social art practice.
Alicja Rogalska was born in Poland and lives in Berlin.
The first version of her project for Ruhr Ding: Schlaf was produced in 2022 under the title Sister Flats as a co-production with Manifesta 14 in Pristina.