Anka Leśniak

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Anka Lesniak, artist and researcher, Ph.D holder, member of the Art and Documentation Association and the Frakcja Group of women artists, coorganizer of feminist panel discussions “Seminarium Feministyczne”, assistant professor at the Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Poland). The author of the book Invisible inVisible. Women disconnected from history. Site specific artworks on abandoned buildings, (Lodz: Art & Documentation Association, 2017)

She participated in more than 100 individual and group shows and events. She was also awarded with a Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland (2011) and next years she received grants from the Mayor of the city of Lodz (2015), from the city of Gdansk (2016). Artist in residence of KulturKontakt in Vienna (2016). In 2019 she was awarded the OeAD Scholarship for her project A reconstruction and recontextualisation of cultural discourse by the means of transmedia art. The Witch by Teresa Feodorowna Ries – a case study.

As an artist she is active in genres such as: installation, video-installation, video-art, performance art, performative painting. In her art, she mainly focuses on the history of women and makes site-specific artworks. Most of her works is closely connected to the particular space or architecture, specifically with the use of abandoned houses or other features that have ceased to fulfil their former functions but for which a new use has not yet been found. She is interested in feminism, topics related to gender, body, ethnic identity, herstory, language and memory. She is an author of the cycles Body Printing (since 2007), Top Models (2009), Fading Traces (2010), Invisible inVisible (2015-2016) Women patRIOTs (since 2016), Lost Element/Re-construction of the Witch (since 2019).


2016 – Ph.d in Arts, The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Poland)
2004 – M.F.A. The Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz (Poland)
2003 – M.A University of Lodz (Art History)

Selected projects/exhibitions:

Titles of exhibitions, projects and institutions has been translated into English. To see Polish titles, please look at the Polish version ot the webite:



Witches, Orientalism & Unconsciousness as Protagonists of Viennese Modernity, by Anka Lesniak & Anna Hoffner, curator: Anamarija Batista

For the Nameless /Women/ Warriors performance within the artist residency of the Frakcja group at the Centre for Creative Activities in Ustka, public space in Ustka


Women patRIOTs, BWA Jelenia Gora


When an alien meets a witch, performance, Move on Dance Center, Vienna, Austria


Women patRIOTs, ELEKTROWNIA Elektrownia Masovian Centre for Contemporary Art in Radom

Women patRIOTs, ODA, Piotrkow Trybunalski

Women patRIOTs, Remedium Gallery, Municipal Art Gallery in Lodz

Marsz Głodowy Kobiet / Women Food Riots, installation, performance, pre-event of the Anniversary of Women's Hunger March in Lodz in 1981, entitled Women's Anger and organized by Łodzki Szlak Kobiet, Freedom Square, Lodz


INNE from the series Invisible inVisible / Niewidzialne Widzialnego, Wozownia Gallery, Torun

Invisible inVisible. Women disconnedted from history. Site-specific artworks on abandoned buildings, performance and discussion on the project: Art Agenda Nova, Krakow / The Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Lodz / Wozownia Gallery, Torun

For Zofia / Flower for Zofia, site-specific artwork in public space, The Main Railway Station in Leszno


Invisible inVisible, Gdansk City Gallery, Gdansk

I reserve complete possesion of my life,
site-specific artwork in public space, inspired by the biography of Stanisława Przybyszewska, Plac Wałowy 13, Gdańsk

Women patRIOTs, XX1 Gallery, Warsaw


Invisible inVisible, Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz

Fifi Zastrow. Acta est fabula, site-specific artwork in public space,
34 Jaracza street, Lodz

Michalina that a Girl, site-specific artwork in public space, 27A Zachodnia street

Eugenia is getting married site-specific artwork in public space,
2 Drukarska street, Lodz


The Dance of a Stork, Relokacje project, Bydgoszcz

Incarnations, BWA Olsztyn

Herstory, artist's talk, Gdansk City Gallery


Fading Traces, Labirynt Gallery, Lublin

Top Models, Galeria No Women No Art, WSNHiD, Poznan

Fading Traces, artist's talk, The Gdansk Gallery of Photography, The National Museum in Gdansk


Registered, Galeria Entropia, Wroclaw

Registered, presentation of the project, BWA Sokol, Nowy Sacz

Registered, Film Museum, Lodz


Registered, ON Gallery, Poznan

Fading Traces, Polish Artists in the art of the 70s, ON Gallery, Poznan

Fading Traces, Polish Artists in the art of the 70s, Lokal_30, Warsaw


Fading Traces, Polish Artists in the art of the 70s, /Fokus Lodz Biennale 2010/ Manhattan Gallery, Lodz

Body of Art, Recent Art. Gallery (Galeria Sztuki Najnowszej), Gorzów Wielkopolski

Muses, Atlas Sztuki, Lodz

Body Printing Epicentrum, Epicentrum Gallery, Jastrzebie Zdroj


The thrill is in the chase not the quarry, Patio Art Center, Lodz

TOP Models - Studio Gallery, the Palace of Culture, Warsaw / BLOK Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Lodz


Body Printing installation, from the series "Contemporary art presentations", Academic Center for Creative Initiatives, Lodz

Beauties and the beasts - multimedia project, Ateneum Gallery, Warsaw

Body Printing as a part of a series ARTEE an essence of youth art in Poland, BWA Gallery Kielce


Printemps or Spring in the Gardener's House, action and video-art from the "Body Printing" series, Patio Art Center, Lodz

Primavera or Spring in Grohman's Office, an action from the "Body Printing" series, Book Art Museum, Lodz

Body Printing Studio, STUDIO BWA, Wroclaw

Body Printing w OFFie, OFF Gallery, (now ODA), Piotrków Trybunalski


ACTivists, In Blanco Gallery, BOK, Lodz

ACTualities, Academic Center for Creative Initiatives, Lodz

Group shows:


Distance Lacuna Festivals, online / Canary Islands

Human Animal Galeria Umelcov Spisa, Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia

WOMEN’S BEACH – Frakcja on a Trip / the exhibition by the Frakcja group within the artist residencyat the Centre for Creative Activities in Ustka / Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Slupsk

The Dodgy End Fotofestiwal, accompanying exhibition by the Frakcja group, Lodz


Non-Sculpture. Changwon Biennale, Changwon, South Korea

Fluss,, Schloss Wolkersdorf, Galerie 2, Wolkersdorf, Austria

The Frakcja Diary (Polish Dziennik Frakcji). Women who stay home, online project 66 posts with artworks and reflections in the time of pandemic and social isolation Frakcja / grupa artystek posts from 18th of March untill 22th of May 2020

Abgefahren, German-Polish online project in collaboration of the Frakcja and Endmoräne women artists groups,

Re-animacje, (Re-animations), the festival of short video-art works, online project, Galeria XX1 fb funpage

Próba 2020, (The Test 2020), with the Frakcja group, Jan Tarasin Art Gallery, Kalisz

Strajk Kobiet, (Women's Strike), Galeria Labirynt, Lublin


WOW! Signal Festival, Kramladen, Vienna

AGREGATORIUM of Time, Spaces and Action., Palace in Lubostron

Plexus, Galeria Imaginarium, Łódź

Frakcja / Akcja / Libacja, Pogotowie Teatralno-Filmowe, Lodz


Found a Mentalism, Spazju Kreattiv, Saint James Cavalier, La Valetta / European Capital of Culture, Malta

Art & Technology, Tashkent Biennale, Uzbekistan

Descriptions of Absence, IAa Exhibition Hall, Jeju, South Korea

REBELLE / the exhibition of Frakcja group, S Gallery, Toruń

Łącze (Link, Connection), art event by FRAKCJA, Lodz Fabryczna Railway Station, Lodz

Gniazdo / The Nest, Aula Gallery, The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk

Just one day. Manifesto of Presence performance show of FRAKCJA group, Dom Mody Limanka, Lodz

Art & Documentation Association - 7th Membership Show, Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz


re_form OSTRALE BIENNALE, Dresden, Germany

Art in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow

Take a lipstick, performance session: The neurophysiology of an artist in performance; an experiment by FUNom (Art & Science Fundation om - organisms and machines in culture), Wozownia Gallery, Torun

Bad Women, ZAMEK Culture Centre, Poznan

The women who stays in Lodz. Manifesto of Presence, the exhibition of FRAKCJA group, Manhattan Transfer Gallery, Lodz


Artists-in-Residence exhibition, KulturKontakt in cooperation Federal Chancellery of Austria, Concordiaplatz 2, Vienna

Transcultural Emancipation, Fluc, Vienna

Art & Documentation Association - 6th Membership Show, Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz


What do I have from a woman?, Visual Culture Research Center, Kijów, Ukraina

Contact Points, the exhibition of doctoral candidates, The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk /Saint John Centre/

Unpack the suitcases / Koffer auspacken, Fabryka Koelmann Höfe, Frankfurt Oder, Germany

Festiwal Present Performance, Gdańsk Brzeźno, organizator: Gdansk City Gallery

Spring Art Salon 'Plug-in' Arsenal Gallery, Poznan

Art & Documentation Association - 5th Membership Show, Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz


Dzieci z Fabryki / Reborn Babies, Play Poland Film Festival, Meow photography studios, Edinburgh, Scotland

We+Our+Us, Bupyeong Arts Center, Incheon / Tongyeong Citizen's Centre, Tongyeong, South Korea

Grodzka 5, Warsztaty Kultury, Lublin

Getto XXI, the exhibition accompanying the Commemoration of the liquidation of the Litzmannstadt Getto, Monopolis, Lodz

Collage Stary Browar, Słodownia / Ptapty, Teatr Polski, Poznań

Art & Documentation Association - 4th Membership Show, Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz


Live Galleries,Wschodnia Gallery, Exchange Gallery. Lodz Networks since 1978. Maerz Kunstlervereinigung, Linz, Austria

No Women No Art Festival, Poznań. Suspecta project in urban space of Wilda District

Bringing Up, Wschodnia Gallery, curator: Andrzej Rozycki, 12 International Festival of Photography, Lodz, accompanying exhibition

Name of the Father? Name of the Mother! the exhibition of Korean and Polish artists, Domek Ogrodnika (Gardener's House), Park Zrodliska, Łódź

Art & Documentation Association - 3rd Membership Show, Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz


PAN ASIA, Performance Art Festival, Seoul, Korea

Outside in Inside out, Contemporary Art Museum, Wroclaw (the exhibition after Silesia Art Biennale)

STILL ON 35 years of ON Gallery,University of Fine Arts in Poznan

Ja Lodzermensch, Galeria Manhattan, Lodz

SMOG Festival, ART TRANZYT, Jaworzno

Transart Communication, Performance Art Festival, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Silesia Art Biennale, towns: Jelenia Gora, Walbrzych, Bystrzyca Klodzka, Legnica

Ephemeral Fixed. Ephemeral Art in Visegrad Countries. Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz

Save as Art Recent Art Gallery (Galeria Sztuki Najnowszej) Gorzow Wielkopolski

Art & Documentation Association - 2nd Membership Show, Wschodnia Gallery, Lodz


Registrations, Representations First Exhibition Members of The Art & Documentation Association

Save as Art, Imaginarium Gallery, /3rd Art and Documentation Festival / Lodz

11th Artists' Meetings, The house of Lilith an installation on an abandoned house, Pszczyna

Contexts Festival White Plague an installation on an abandoned house, Sokolowsko


Metasurvival. The producers of contexts who face changes, Spiz Gallery, Gdansk

International Artists Workshops, R.I.V.E.R. , Rosora, Provincia Ancona, Italy

11th Exhibition of Unique Tapestry, International Triennial of Tapestry, Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz

Female artists to the artists, CSW Laznia, Gdansk

Supermarket 2010 - the international artist-run art fair in Stockholm (as a part of the Wschodnia Gallery presentation from Lodz)


Passing Through (Ann Noel & Ryszard Wasko and The International Artists' Museum Community), KunstPunkt Gallery, Berlin

Art after hours, CSW Laznia, Gdansk

Enter/Escape. How does painting shape new spaces? Inspirations Festival, Pomeranian Dukes' Castle, Szczecin

28 days, CSW Laznia, Gdansk

CUUD Inauguration, An opening of Kuba Bielawski's Gallery "CUUD", Gdynia


Disenchantment - work in progress, BWA Awangarda Gallery, Wroclaw

Sexhibition, Artist Studios Lubelska, Warsaw

Tarnogórska FEMINA, TCK, Tarnowskie Góry

EgoJego, Klub eNeRDe, organizer: Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun

Art arising, Mazovian Contemporary Art Center "Elektrownia", Radom

Prints for Peace, Galeria Lepoldo Carpinteyro de Relaciones Culturales, Monterrey, Mexico


From Warsaw to Lodz, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz

Homeless Gallery, Tolerance - Intolerance, Patio Art Center, Lodz

Visual education jubilee exhibition of the graduates of the Visual Education Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the Department, Museum of the City of Lodz.

About ourselves, Center for Art Propaganda, Lodz

Strike Festival, Artists Colony, PGR ART, Gdansk Shipyard

Disenchantment , project in the city space, BWA Gallery, Zielona Góra

Youth Art Festival Draft, Pomerania Dukes' Castle, Szczecin


Youth Art Fair, project Birds' Radio, Torun

II Artists Meetings ASPECTS Generation Porno, BED ART audiovisual project /Untitled Group/, Youth Promotion Gallery, BOK, Lodz

Binary city, Lodz - Warsaw, multimedia work, Trans-warsaw Lodz, Manhattan Gallery, Lodz / XX1 Gallery, Mazovia Culture Center, Warsaw


Class of 2004, exhibition of the best final exhibitions of the graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz.

International Film Festival, Offensiva, Wroclaw

Act-Reactivation, an exhibition of the works of the graduates of the Painting and Drawing Studio of Wlodzimierz Stelmaszczyk, Forum Gallery, Culture House Forum, Lodz.

Who(se) gender is it? As part of the "Progressteron" Festival, Upper Silesia Culture Center, Katowice

Hipermarket, Youth Promotion Gallery, BOK, Lodz

Awards / distinctions


OeAD Scholarship, Vienna, Austria


Artist-in-Residence, KulturKontakt, Wien, Austria

Grant of the city of Gdańsk /Stypendium Kulturalne Miasta Gdańska/


Grant of the Mayor of the City of Lodz for artists and cultural educators


Grant of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage


MA with Honors at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz


Sholarship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart