Curator of Blue Box Project
Anna Ptak (b. 1979) is an art curator, editor, and researcher with a background in cultural anthropology. She works with artists and other practitioners to explore the cognitive and socio-political aspects of artistic practice, its fictions, and the documents it creates. Her recent curatorial research projects include kurz/dust/ghobar (2015), an exhibition on the politics of materiality at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle (in cooperation with Amanda Abi Khalil, as well as artists and theoreticians from Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia); and The Make Yourself at Home Guide to Warsaw (edited with Rani Al Rajji and Monnik collective, 2015), a vernacular urbanism textbook preceded by a collective knowledge assembling work. Among her other collaborative projects are: Rural Filmworks Company (2007-09), a community film making project; Wyspa. Now is Now (2012), an exhibition-archive; Politics of Curiosity (2014), an issue of academic journal; and On Polish Artist Run Initiatives and Spaces (2014) an anthology of critical writing.
Since 2008 at A-I-R Laboratory/CCA Ujazdowski Castle, she has curated multiple art productions and co-directed long term interdisciplinary projects such as Studio Warsaw (2011-12) and Re-tooling Residencies (2010-11, editor of the reader under the same title); Re-Directing: East (since 2013); and The Blue Box (2015-2017).