Ewa Partum – conceptual artist, performance artist, film maker and mail artist – belongs to the first generation of the Polish neo-avantgarde and is a pioneer of European feminist and conceptual art. Since 1969 she has been engaged in linguistic activities in an effort to discover and formulate a new artistic language. Affirming that “an act of thought is an act of art”, she focuses on the political economy of signs and the materialisation of language in her actions and installations in public space, as well as in her mail art or visual or “active” poetry.
Partum (1945 in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, PL) has participated in many individual and group exhibitions in recent years, including: Jesteśmy at Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw (1991); Wack! Art in the Feminist Revolution at MoCA Los Angeles (2007); European Contemporary Art Biennale Manifesta 7 in Italy (2008); re.-act. – feminism – performance art of the 1960s and 70s today at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin; REBELLE. Art and feminism 1969-2009 in Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Arnhem; Gender Check. Feminity and masculinity in the art of Eastern Europe in the Museum Moderne Kunst in Vienna (2009); Promesse du passé in the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2010); Intense Proximity, La Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2012); 18th Sydney Biennale (2012-13); Bigger Splash Painting after Performance, Tate Modern, London (2012-13); Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960-1980, MoMA, New York (2015-16), and currently the solo exhibition “my gallery is an idea. galeria adres archive” at the Studio Gallery in Warsaw until June 2nd.