Anna Konik (born 1974 in Dobrodzień, Poland) is a contemporary artist whose work includes installations, objects, video, photography and drawings.
In 1997 Konik began studies at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in the Krzysztof M. Bednarski studio under Prof. Grzegorz Kowalski, receiving her diploma in 2000. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an assistant professor in Drawing at the academy under Sophie Glazer.
During the period from 1999 to 2004 she worked at the Academia Theatre, with the theatre group, Opera Buffa, and was one of the founders of the Untitled Theatre. In 2008-09 she was a lecturer at the International Sommeracademy in Salzburg, and in 2009 Rudolf Arnheim invited her to be a professor at Humboldt University in Berlin. The next year, in 2010-11, she gave video guest lectures in the Department of Fashion Design, for the faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2012, Konik received the title of Doctor of Arts at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Following that, during the summer of 2012, she gave video seminars for the faculty of Literature and Linguistics at the University of Bielefeld.
In 2009 she was nominated for the Deutsche Bank 2009 award. Konik has been the winner numerous artistic and academic scholarships: Akademie Schloss Solitude (2003-04); Artist in Residency Leuba (2004); Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and the Arts (2005); the SPACES World Artists Program, Cleveland, USA (2005); Young Poland (2007); Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr, Zug (2007); Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2008-09); ZiF, Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University (2011); and IASPIS, Stockholm (2011-12).
Her work has been exhibited in many galleries in both Poland and the rest of Europe. Some of her solo exhibitions include: Transparency, Centre for Contemporary Art, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany (2004); Encouragement, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2007); 61st International Film Festival in Locarno (2008); Our Lady's Forever, Municipal Art Gallery, Wolfsburg, Germany (2009); Villa Attracted, Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin, Germany (2010); Our Lady's Forever, Polish Institute in Düsseldorf, Germany (2011); Fear and Entranced, Atlas Arts, Lodz, Poland (2011); and In the same city, under the same sky, Swedish Parliament, Stockholm, Sweden (2012).
A Selection of her group exhibitions include: Isolated, The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2009); Collection 5, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland (2009); Perspectives 2009, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2009); Künstler Kunst in the Gesellschaft, Motorenhalle, Dresden, Germany (2010); Territories of the In-human, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany (2010); Mediation — Space, Grey Gallery, Cieszyn, Poland (2010); Divina Commedia, PAN Palazzo Delle Arti, Naples, Italy (2011); and 1000 Jahre Kunst und Geschichte, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany (2011).
Her works adorn both private and corporate art collections, including: Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw; Ujazdowski Castle; Foundation Art Collection, Gartenau-Leuba in Salzburg; Podlasie Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts in Bialystok; the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom; Art Stations Foundation in Poznan; and the Lublin Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts.
Her works center on a protagonist, establishing emotional contact. Konik explores the exclusion of individuals, alienation, loneliness, covering the entire sphere of emotions, desires, and undefined intuition. She draws attention to the hidden aspects of existence, revealing them in dreams. Konik especially draws your attention to people living on the edge of reality, transparent, alienated. The study, Transparency, (2004) listens to the life history of single elderly people; Toys (2001) creates a film documenting the activities in the therapeutic world.
In 2007, the work Forever was a video siedmioekranowe depicting stories of unrequited love and longing. Inspired by a drama written by a patient with schizophrenia, it was filmed in Ireland in an abandoned mental hospital.