Hanna Krzysztofiak with ING Polish Art Foundation Main Prize
"The ING Polish Art Foundation Award goes to Hanna Krzysztofiak for her exhibition Napoleanka or Death, organized by the Polana Institute. One of the dominant themes of this edition of Warsaw Gallery Weekend addressed the experience of women within Poland and the world at large. In her spectacular solo debut, Krzysztofiak provided a fresh perspective by depicting emotional states and exaggerating the archetype of the angry and hysterical woman. With dark humor and skillful precision, her works gave a unique comment to the history of image-making as a whole, confronting not only traditions of painting, but also incorporating a wide range of intertextual references from popular culture, literature, and mythology. At once funny and disturbing, her distinctive and self-ironic approach to painting and narrative was a refreshing artistic position that captures the mood of our precarious times."
Jury: Helena Czernecka (collector), Post Brothers (curator), Hanna Wróblewska (Zachęta – Narodowa Galeria Sztuki), Kamila Bondar, Marcin Kryszeń (The ING Polish Art Foundation)