Jaśmina Wójcik

Europe, Poland
Art discipline: Theater, Film
Participated in ICAF in: 2020

Jaśmina Wójcik is a visual artist and social activist who creates videos, paintings, projects in public spaces, and interactive installations. She was born in 1983.

In 2003 she graduated from the National High School of Fine Arts in Nałęczów. In the years 2003-2008 she studied at the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where she obtained a diploma with honours at Professor Stanisław Wieczorek’s Multimedia Artistic Creation Studio and Professor Grzegorz Kowalski’s Audiovisual Space Studio (appendix). In 2008 she started to work as an assistant in the former studio, whereas in 2011 defended a PhD at her alma mater. She is currently a student at Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Studies (Art / Public Space / Democracies) at University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.

She has won many awards and merits for her artistic activity, including first prize at the Samsung Art Master Competition in 2007 for Improvisation and the Grand Prix at a contest organized by Kino Polska and Onet called Film in a Minute in 2007. Wójcik was a Ministry of Culture and National Heritage scholar in 2007 and 2013. In 2015 she was a laureate of Warsaw Cultural Educational Grand Prix Award for a project at the site of the former Ursus Agro-Mechanical Industry (Industries. Ursus 2014) and a laureate of the 5th Film Award (from the Polish Film Institute, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, and Wajda School) for Ursus Factory Symphony. She lives and works in Warsaw. 


Jaśmina: “The Ursus experience has shaped me as an artist. It taught me collaboration and endurance. It opened me up to other people. I realized that working in a group is the foundation of interdisciplinary activities. As an artist I listen, have conversations, invite dialogue but I am also aware of the tools, their specificity and diversity. I know what I can expect and demand of myself, and my teammates. […] I became close with that community. They are like a demanding family, who keep reminding me about their existence and I make sure that I do not forget about them, because I am one of them now. I wouldn’t like to let them down. Openness and the egalitarian character of my actions are priorities to me. I take offence at the unconcern of local authorities, their complacency as well as disregard and exclusion of the social party from the discourse. In Ursus, like through the lens, whole Poland is reflected. The arrogance of those in power, people’s needs being ignored, and simulated activity in response to reproach of the residents, who could see through their mock operations as compared to those we initiated.”