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  JAN SMAGA
1974 born in Warsaw
1994-1999 studies at the Graphic Arts Department of the Warsaw Fine Arts Academy
Since 1999 artistic cooperation with Aneta Grzeszykowska
Lives in Warsaw.


Jan Smaga works with photography and combines classical techniques with computer editing, constructing three-dimensional photographic objects. Together with Aneta Grzeszykowska, he realized several series whose main topic was the translation of three-dimensional architectural space onto a two-dimensional image ("Plan", 2003) and the attempt at a recreation of the three-dimensional nature of architecture with the help of spatial photographic installations ("YMCA", 2005). The technique developed by Grzeszykowska and Smaga is reminiscent of the process of scanning - a total voyeuristic documentation of the space and the people which inhabit it. In the individual projects, the artist subjects the human body to a similar, detailed analysis of the surface. The incredible formal quality of these photographs, combined with their subject matter, sends an existential shiver down the spine. Smaga is fascinated with the illusionist power of photography, the way in which it interprets the third dimension, and the question of how deep one can look down through the even surface of a photograph - as though it had pulled the skin away from the reality..
 



Solo exhibitions:

2007
- Polnisches Institut, Duesseldorf, D (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2006
- Kronika, Bytom, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Polnisches Institut, Berlin, D (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2005
- Robert Mann Gallery, New York, USA (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2004
- Plan, Raster, Warsaw, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Plan, Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam, NL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

1999
- India, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Ice installation, Kuchnia Gallery, Warsaw, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

 

Selected group exhibitions:

2007
- At Last, Something New!, The National Museum, Cracow, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Betonowe dziedzictwo. Od Le Corbusiera do blokersów, Center fot Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL (with Jan Smaga)
- Reality Effect, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- The New Documentalists, BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2006
- POZA, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- The New Documentalists, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Is it better to be a good artist or a good person?, Raster at Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- I-Image, The Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, SK (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2005
- Habitat. 6th Baltic Contemporary Art Biennial, National Museum, Szczecin, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Mapping Space, Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Views 2005. Deutsche Bank Cultural Foundation Award, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Mallorca Open, Centro Cultural Andratx, Andratx, ESP (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- I-Image, Dorottya Gallery, Budapest, H (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Falsche Erwartungen, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, D (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Pieces of Identity, Museum of Photograpy, Thessaloniki, G; National Museum, Szczecin, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2004
- Palimpsest Museum, Biennial of Polish Art, Lodz, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Paravent, factory - Kunsthalle Krems, A (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Pieces of Identity, Espace Apollonia, Strasbourg, F (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- From Above, Georg Kargl Galerie, Vienna, A (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Zasiedzenie, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Pluzzle, galerie griedervonputtkamer, Berlin, D (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2003
- The embodyed corset, St Johann, A (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)

2002
- Blow up, Palace of Culture, Warsaw, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)
- Festival of Black and White Photography, Zakopane, PL (with Aneta Grzeszykowska)