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IN#OUT – PERFORMANCE | Megumi Shimizu, Anna Kalwajtys

Megumi Shimizu | Anna Kalwajtys

IN#OUT‘ is a gallery space based, collaborative performance project by two artists – Megumi Shimizu from Japan and Anna Kalwajtys from Poland. During this performance experiment both artists will explore the subjects of cultural differences, familiarity and strangeness. The aim of the project is to emphasise the value of differences and to experiment with exceeding dichotomies through the creative process.

‘IN#OUT’ will be performed for five days, several hours a day and will be open to the public. The visitors will be able to follow developments of the experiment. The final performance will take place on the last day of the project.

Megumi Shimizu / Japanese
She is mainly producing live art performance and drawing works. Bachelor of Japanese Painting, and Master of Photography. She is interested in Cultural anthropology (especially in differences and boundaries) in the Asian region, had studied in China from 2001 to 2016, after staying in Miyako-island in Okinawa, Japan, for one and half year from 1999. She graduated from Kyoto College of Art and Design (Japanese painting), China Academy of Fine Arts (Chinese painting) , and Central Academy of Fine Art (Folk Art, Photography). Shimizu has displayed her works at the exhibitions in museums mainly in China, Mongolia, Korea and Thailand. She also has experience in organising physical workshops at Shantou University Arts Institute in Guandong province and Goethe institute Beijing. After staying in China for 15 years, she moved to Kanagawa, Japan in 2016. In 2016, she started to be interested in the origin of creativity, due to the influence from her grandmother who was a poet. Shimizu studied process work to understand language construction in another field, and made small drawing works. Shimizu major exhibitions in recent years are AQUA 2017 (Roma), Sanyuan Contemporary Art Museum (Tianjin, China), and Land Art Mongolia 360 (Mongolia).

Anna Kalwajtys / Polish
Visual and performance artist. In her artwork she focuses mainly on the relation between the artist and the viewer, the subject and the object of art, the artist and the work of art, the observer and the one observed. Her performances concern the issue of corporeality and human biology, the process of building cultural identity, excluding weaker individuals from the society, liminal situations in life. She has taken part in numerous performance art festivals in Poland and other countries such as: Japan, Hong Kong, China, Canada, USA, France, Holland, Germany and Greenland. In 2005 she graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture, the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, and in 2007 from the Faculty of Intermedia Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. In 2006 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Animation and New Media Department. In 2015 she obtained a PhD degree in visual arts for the piece BBL Bios-Body Lab realized under the supervision of Prof. Grzegorz Klaman.


Performance: Megumi Shimizu, The rock is Heavy, Land Art Biennale, Mongolia, 2010
Photo: Do Chae Hong