Marta Grabowska is an art historian and independent curator, originally trained in creative photography. She studied curating at Central Saint Martins, UAL, and received her BA in History of Art and Curating from Birkbeck, University of London, where she researched ideas regarding Slow Art. Marta co-founded and curated a Slow Art research project called ONE Project (2016- 2020). In 2020 she co-founded a platform for CEE womxn and non-binary creatives, promoting cultural understanding called Red Zenith Collective. She is a co-creator at artBLAB London since 2019. Marta is a member of British Art Network at Tate.
A research paper delving into the past and present of the phenomenon of 'meblościanka', from the existence of cabinet of curiosities to avant-garde design of modernist makers Charles i Ray Eames, to today's staple furniture of Central and Eastern Europe. The article is paired up with a cycle of exhibitions that are curated in the space of single segment of this marvelous furniture, channeling and emphasizing its unique values of space of nostalgia and display of precious good, into an exhibition space in times of the global pandemic.
The Enjoy Museum, Beijing, China
"Immunity·Geography" attempts to reflect on the confrontations between bodies and objects, self and others, identification and disidentification, presence and absence in the current climate. We invited 13 artists from different geographical and cultural climates, space which the exhibition occupies will become the "passage", a space of transition and connection, where we almost simultaneously face the direct cultural and geographical differences with similar physical experience. We would like to draw the audience's attention to the ideas of transition from the adaptation to inhabitation, such as the body versus the symbol, embodied and disembodied experience within the natural and the digital spheres of human existence.
In the exhibition, we discuss how to attempt to create art in the process of "diffusion", "concealment" and "avoidance". In the course of the exhibition we ask, inter alia, the following questions: Can body, spirit and the digital symbol live in synergy?; Can we build herd-immunity online?; Do we need others and nature to thrive?; How did artists coming from different geographic regions respond to the global crisis of immunity?
Co-curated by Shiying Wang, Duruo Zheng and David Lisbon
Mandy Qian 千狗蛋
Wang shuo 王硕
Zhang yongji 张永基
River Cao 曹宇豪
Michaela Nagyidaiová and Kristina Sergeeva as IN CONVERSATION WITH
2020 - present
Red Zenith Collective is a dedicated platform for empowering and supporting women, female-identifying and non-binary creatives from Eastern and Central Europe, with events to encourage collaborative learning and promote cultural understanding. It was founded by Marta Grabowska, an independent Polish curator and Zula Rabikowska, Polish photographer.
Faces of Racism in CEE - Symposium with
'Misogyny is as commonplace as bread.’ Why The Red Zenith Collective champion womxn creatives in Eastern Europe' an interview by Liza Premiyak for Calvert Journal
upcoming in 2021
Slow Art Day - in collaboration with Entrance Gallery from Prague, CZ,
with Anca Stefanescu and others
Red Zenith Dialogues Interviewes with
Aska Bednarczyk and Jola Prochowicz from Camera Femina
Ann Mirjam Vaikla from Narva Art Residency
Antonella Lerca Duda
Vera Zaluskaya from ZA GROUP
Katie Zazenski from Strobiskop Art Space
Karolina Kazmierska from B-East Association
Kinga Nowak from Widna Gallery
2019 - present
artBLAB runs a series of laid-back lectures about art and its whereabouts. On the artBLAB events, artists and art professionals representing various disciplines come together to celebrate creativity.
'Independing Curating. What is it all about?' a talk at the Poetry Cafe, London
Slow Art Day in collaboration with ONE Project with my talk 'The Art of Slow Looking'
Sarah Nicol and Holly Buckle
Text: a video Exhibition, an online exhibition and poetry reading
Co-curated by Michal Piotrowski
Michal Kamil Piotrowski
Weekly artist Q&A's - list of artists available on
2016 - 2020
ONE Project is a creative duo Marta Grabowska and Magdalena Zoledz, who share a passion for an innovative approach to presenting and perceiving art, championing and researching the notion of Slow Art. The main purpose of the project is to exhibit one artwork and by this curatorial practice to induce contemplation, building a deeper relationship between the art object and the audience, and to encourage some new ways of seeing.
'Scarlet House' by Izabela Jastrzebska at 971620 Art Gallery, Luton
'#ONEQUESTIONMARK' collaboration with Marta Suarez
'You Are Only an Image to Me', Magda Zoledz and Tomasz Litra, San Mei Gallery, London
Saturday Crit with
Museum of Internet,
ONE Project Residency: Saskia Rodriguez
'ONE Project Messe' Secret location, London
Hello the Mushroom
'Beyond C' by Saskia Rodriguez, an open air exhibition
'I HAVE NO IDEA HOW WE GREW UP' an art fair by North London Art and Design Hub
'Do 3 razy sztuka: skupienie' an interview with Dominika Tylcz for Radio Kapital, Warsaw, Poland
Slow Art Day in collaboration with artBLAB London, an online event
ONE Book Residency vol.2, reading John Berger with
Speed Networking for Creatives
2014 - 2015
This cycle of events was designed by Marta to bring together emerging and established creatives. The main aim of the Speed Networking for Creatives was to spark collaboration between artists and art lovers working in different areas of the creative industry, share a conversation in the friendliest and most comfy place there is- the extension of your living-room - Ziferblat London.
Karin Janssen Project Space
Karin Janssen Project Space in Hackney was an artist-run gallery that promoted local and like-minded artists. I joined the gallery for the occasion of an international exhibition, including 60 artists based both in the UK and the Netherlands, titled Chinese Whispers.
Slow Art, being a quiet activism that makes art more accessible to broader audiences, is at the core of my curatorial practices. I strongly believe in the idea of a gallery as an experience, rather than a place; not an overwhelming or intimidating but a safe and liberating space, where an encounter with art and exchange of emotions takes place.
Feminist Art and Exhibitions: History and Challenges
March - April 2021
Node Centre for Curatorial Studies, Berlin, Germany.
This course looks at how feminist thinking has influenced the arts since the 1960s, both in Western as well as selected non-Western contexts. Presenting the foundational feminist theories that furthered the radicalization of female artists and trace their manifestation in the visual arts. Due to its strong political content and often taboo-breaking visuality, feminist art continues to present its own set of challenges to curators and museum professionals. The course introduces students to the most important exhibitions of feminist art and discuss their strategies, premises, and criticism. In addition, the course presents curatorial practices and exhibition formats that follow feminist premises.
Contemporary Art Theories
MoMA, New York, US.
This course addressed the question what is contemporary art? by exploring a variety of perspectives on what art can do today, who makes it, what it is made of, and why it takes so many forms. Based on MoMA's collection.
History of Art with Curating
BA at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
Main field of research: Slow Art and the ideas of slow looking.
Secondary interest: Modernism and Young Poland movement, Gesamtkunstwerk - total work of art.
Central Saint Martins, UAL, London, UK.
Curatorial course led by Sarah Spakres.
History of Art and Architecture
Certificate of Higher Education at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.
ND at Krakow School of Art and Fashion Design, Krakow, Poland. Specialisation: Staged Photography and set design.