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MARCIN DUDEK

ARTIST STATEMENT

Marcin Dudek explores the politics of identity and space, conflating hooliganism, memory and the architecture of social experience. An autobiographical dialogue with his own past underpins this discussion, retracing teenage experiences as a member of an infamously violent Krakow football fanclub. Dudek’s practice spans performance, sculpture, installation and painting, repurposing salvaged materials to interrogate the psychology of group dynamics in the stadium and beyond. His research ties his personal archive to a broader history of society’s inseparable relationship to spectacle, whilst seeking an artistic vocabulary for fragmented memory, violence and trauma.



BIO

Dudek (b. 1979, Krakow) studied at the University of Art Mozarteum, Salzburg, and Central Saint Martins, London, graduating in 2005 and 2007 respectively. 

 

Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Marcin Dudek, Leto Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2024); Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany (2024); OOF Gallery, London, UK (2024); and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2024). 

 

Recent solo exhibitions include “AKUMULATORY”, IKOB Museum, Eupen, Belgium (2023); “The Group”, Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium (2023); “NEOPLAN”, Edel Assanti, London, UK (2023); “Ultraskraina”, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, France (2021); “Akumulator”, Edel Assanti, London, UK (2019); “The Crowd Man”, MWW Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, Poland (2019); “The Lure of the Arena”, MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (2019); “Steps and Marches”, Edel Assanti, London, UK & “Harlan Levey Projects”, Brussels, Belgium (2017). 

 

Selected group exhibitions include “Art of the Terraces”, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2022); “Collapsing”, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain (2022); “8th Biennial of Painting”, Museum Deinze and Museum Roger Ravel, Deinze, Belgium (2022); “FUCK YOU”, Kunstenhuis Haralbeke, Belgium (2021); “DOPPELGANGER”, Entreprendre & “KANAL-Centre Pompidou”, Brussels, Belgium (2021); “Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma, The Warehouse, Dallas, USA (2020); Giochi Senza Frontiere, Palazzo Mazzarino”, Manifesta12, Palermo, Italy (2018). 

 

Dudek’s immersive installation “The Cathedral of Human Labor”, 2013, is on permanent view at the Verbeke Foundation, Antwerp. His work is included in international collections including MWW Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wrocław, Poland, and National Museum of Contemporary Art,

Bucharest, Romania. Marcin Dudek lives and works in Brussels.

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