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Karol Radziszewski

Portraits after Portrait
31 July–12 August 2023

Karol Radziszewski, Lesya Ukrainka from “The Gallery of Portraits" series, acrylic on canvas, 100x80 cm, 2020. Courtesy of artist and BWA Warszawa.


Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language(s):
English (Polish possible)

What to bring
Favourite painting and drawing utensils (paints, brushes, crayons, pastels, etc) canvases and paper sheets.

Maximum number of participants

Teaching Assistant
Oliver Riedel

Participation fee
€ 640,– (reduced € 480,–)

This course will be dedicated to the broadly understood issue of portrait in terms of painting and in the context of queer history. The starting-point for developing new works will be stories, gossip, legends and private memories as well as official history.

As part of the course, students will be able to learn new techniques and develop existing painting skills, as well as to create new works in a dialogue based on individual corrections and conversations. At the same time, the axis of the classes will be a series of meetings during which students will learn about queer history and aspects of the presence and absence of non-heteronormative persons in official narratives.

The classes will also allow students to become acquainted with the archives and lesser‑known queerstories, with particular emphasis on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. This part will take the form of presentations and group workshops.

Karol Radziszewski Challenging predominant historical narratives and their prevalent modes of representation, Radziszewski’s multidisciplinary and archive-based practice convenes a myriad of political, social, religio-cultural and art-historical references, probing their relation to the history of sexuality and the construction of gender.

Since 2005, Radziszewski has been publisher and editor-in-chief of DIK Fagazine; he founded the Queer Archives Institute in 2015.

Karol Radziszewski. Photo: Kuba Dabrowski.