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Antoni Karwowski studied Fine Arts in the University of Torun in Poland. Since 1970 he has developed his work in performance art growing within the context of the Communist Regime. In 1978 he founded the “A” group organizing numerous clandestine art actions. Besides, he has managed many international projects like “Gaia the four elements”, “Trawnik”, “Art migration” and has curated the following projects: Performance & Intermedia Festival, Video Art Festival Pi and the European Film Festival DokumentART.
As an artist he has participated in many international venues such as the Festival Forum Est-West in Germany, the Interakcje International Performance Art Festival (Poland), LP 11 at CCCB in Barcelona (Spain), Performance Art Platform in Tel Aviv, CO-LAB Editions in Berlin, Self Portrait in Santa Fe, Rosario (Argentina), TRAWNIK III at the Moltkerei Werkstatt and Distance 777 at the 68elf gallery in Cologne (Germany), Bridge West / East (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands), Four Elements Festival in Gerlesborg (Sweden), the IV and V International Baltic Biennial, Szczecin (Poland) and the Festival Nakskov in Ärhus (Denmark).
In his words: “I play a ‘game’ within the realms of reality, memory, and vision. In their common tension I search for evidence of universal clarity. It’s precisely this area where I try to define my worries, desires, hopes”.
His performances are strongly filled with symbols and mythos which connect him as a particular individual with universal values of humanism and playing with the strong interaction between reality and past.
Interviewed by Irene Pascual and Johnny Amore in Szczecin.