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Dorota Michalska

Dorota Michalska is a Doctoral Student in History and Theory of Contemporary Art at the Ruskin School of Art and Brasenose College, Oxford.

Dorota holds an MA in Culture Studies from the University of Warsaw, Poland and a MA in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She also completed a curatorial program at The Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. Her DPhil at the Ruskin is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and by a Scatchered European Scholarship. 

Her doctoral research focusses on the multiple relationships between contemporary art and the transition period in Poland from communism into neoliberal democracy. Departing from existing narratives, she aims to reinterpret the art of the period through the double lens of capitalism and the belated – and highly idiomatic – reception of psychoanalysis in Poland.

Between 2013 and 2015, Dorota was an Assistant Researcher at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. In 2016, she was selected as a Curatorial Fellow at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Italy. Since 2018, she collaborates with the White Space Gallery in London as a writer and editor. 

Dorota’s writings have appeared in a number of international (Flash Art, ArtMargins Online) and Polish (Szum, Dialog, Miejsce, Obieg, Artpunkt) magazines and art journal. In 2016, her review “Chto Delat & Friends” was shortlisted for the 2nd International Award for Art Criticism organized by IAAC and the Royal College of Art, London. 

Her recent exhibitions include: Passo Dopo Passo (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin) and The Shape Left by the Body (The Sunday Painter, London).