Working across sculpture, performance, publications and culinary arts, Karolina Brzuzan’s practice explores the mechanisms governing our social life, from the basis of individual and personal experience of history. Her work often engages the senses of smell and taste, to establish a common vocabulary of experience in communicating complex political and social issues while simultaneously referring to the personal experience of the recipient. In the project A Starvation Cookbook, Brzuzan reconstructed dishes created for and used in cases of extreme starvation and hunger. Starting from the assumption that the condition of the world is accurately reflected in an empty plate, the work engages with the themes of war, corruption, land grabbing, famine and genocide through the lived experience of those these issues directly affect.
During her residency at Gasworks, Brzuzan will examine the effects of the British Empire on colonised nations and populations, both historically and in the present day, through a study of famines that occurred during this period. This research will inform the production of sculptural objects made using the organic matter associated with these events.
Karolina Brzuzan lives and works in Warsaw. Recent exhibitions include Le livre de cuisine des affames, La Phenix Theatre, Valenciennes (2016); NOMA, CCW Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw; Starvation Cookbook, Alternativa – Vernucularity, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk; Le Livre de cuisines des affames, Chantiers d’Europe festival, Theatre de la Ville, Paris (all 2015). She received a scholarship within the framework of the residency programme of the Centre for Contemporary Art Futura in Prague in 2011. In 2010 she was awarded with the main prize at the 7th edition of the Samsung Art Master competition, and is twice a recipient of a scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture.