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Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

Speculative World Building
18–30 July 2022

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Out of Egypt, 2020
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Out of Egypt, 2020


Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language

What to bring
Art supplies of students preferred medium


Maximum number of participants

Teaching assistant
Vera Zalutskaya

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

As artist and Romani activist, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas makes pictures relating to a present time in the process of becoming. Starting from discrimination in everyday life, she raises questions of  belonging, community and "worlding".

Students will work on speculative images of a present time which has not yet come, but which is already being negotiated. Painting and collage create a pictorial space of asylum, a place of hope encouraged by creative collaboration.

Students are invited to narrate in their pictures stories from a possible emancipated everyday life. We will join in seeking narratives that could override geographical and physical, intellectual and personal boundaries. Everyday objects and actions form the material starting-point for works into which ordinary textiles, such as clothes or tablecloths, are woven.

Pictorial speculation will be considered in group discussions and one-to-one consultations. The course is devoted to a version of everyday life, a "worlding", taking a stand against structural discrimination and for anti-racism in society.
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas is a Polish-Romani artist and activist. She deals with antiziganist stereotypes and works to build an affirmative and situated iconography of a Roma community from a perspective of a feminism of minority. She graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2004). Her works have been shown in several dozen individual and collective exhibitions, including at the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), the Moravian Gallery in Brno (CZ) (2017), the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko (PL) (2020), the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2020), the “Art Encounters” Biennale in Timişoara (RO) (2019) and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Kulturen der Welt in Cologne (DE). Since 2011, she has organized the international artistic residency program “Jaw Dikh!” in Czarna Góra (PL), intended for Roma and non-Roma artists. She received distinction at the 42nd and 44th Painting Biennale “Bielska Jesień” (2015, 2019), and holds a scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2018). She is a laureate of Polityka’s Passport for the best artist from Poland in 2020, and was awarded the Maria Anto and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven Art Prize for a Young Polish Artist (2021) counteracting exclusion, racial discrimination and xenophobia. She lives and works in Czarna Góra in Spisz.

Solo exhibitions
Out of Egypt, Aresnał Gallery, Białystok (PL). 2020 29. Ceroplastic Excercises, Centre of Polish Sculpture, Orońsko. 2019Side thavenca, Rząsa Gallery, Zakopane (PL). GATE art zone 10, Düsseldorf (DE). 2018 Medzi Svetmi, Diera do sveta Gallery, Liptowski Mikułasz (SK). 2017 On the Road – AndroDrom, Mathare Art Gallery, Nairobi. Na pomedzi, On the border, The Polish Institute, Bratislava. 2016 Małgorzata Mirga Tas, National Theater, Skopje. 2015 Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, C. K. Norwid Cultural Centre, Kraków (PL).

Group exhibitions
2021 Liebe und Zuneigung, Künstlerhaus Karlsruhe BBK, Karlsruhe (DE). 2020 RESIST! Die Kunst des Widerstands, Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne (DE). Die sonne does not shine the same as słońce, TRAFO Trafostacja Sztuki, Szczecin (PL). The stories we become, Szydłowski Gallery, Warsaw. Warsaw Under Construction, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw. 11th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. The Kids Aren’t Alright!, La Rada, Locarno (CH). 2019 Art Encounters Biennial, Timișoara (RO). Roma Women Weaving Europe, European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture – ERIAC Rumänisches Kulturinstitut, Berlin. Speaking in One’s Own Voice, Promocyjna Gallery, Warsaw. 2018 Young Romani Artist, Kai Dikhas Galerie, Berlin. Hidden Roma Masterpieces, Palais of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg (FR). Romani Art, The Ethnography Museum, Tartnow (PL). The right to look, Szara Kamienica Gallery, Kraków. 2017 Transcending the Past, Shaping the Future, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ERIAC, Berlin. Kosmoshinokalo, Vesmír je černý, The Universe Is Black, Morawska Gallery, Brno (CZ). Kali Berga, Kai Dikhas Galerie, Berlin. 2016 Places in the forest, Weśune Thana, pany chłopy chłopy pany, BWA Sokół Art Gallery, Nowy Sącz (PL). Kali Berga, Bookstore Gallery, Kraków. 2014 Zalikierdo Drom, Interrupted road, Association of Polish Visual Artists Art Gallery, Warsaw. 2011 Dialogues-Wakerpipen, Jatki Art Gallery, Nowy Targ (PL). Jaw Dikh!, JCC Jewish Community Center, Krakow. Romani Art, Museum of Ethnography, Warsaw.