Aleksandra Wasilkowska - architect, artist and stage designer, she has been running an architectural studio in Warsaw for fifteen years. She is a member of the Mazovian Regional Chamber of Architects and the Warsaw Branch of the Association of Polish Architects, author and co-author of books, including Aporia. The City is the City, Warszawa jako struktura emergentna [Warsaw as an emergent structure], Emergency Exit, as well as volumes in the series entitled Architektura Cienia [Shadow architecture], i.e. publications connected with the functioning of space on the margins of attention (such as bazaars, street stalls, toilets, urban wastelands or cemeteries). Since the beginning of her architectural practice, Wasilkowska has focused on aspects of architecture that are most important from the social perspective of inclusivity, democratisation of space and self-organisation. Her most important projects include the revitalisation of the multicultural Bakalarska Market in Warsaw, where merchants of more than 25 nationalities trade, the modernisation of the Municipal Market in Błoń, the “women’s market” and park in Biała Podlaska, and the design of the Chrzanów Market around a municipal fungarium and greenhouse. Her stage designs and installations can be found in public and private collections – “Czarna wyspa” is included in the collection of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, whereas “Architektura cienia” is part of the CIVA collection in Brussels. Her works have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Public Art Munich in Germany, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw and at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Aleksandra Wasilkowska will be a panellist of the discusiion #0.

Photo: Antonina Gugała