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Art Agenda Nova
Batorego 2, Krakow

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Iwona Demko


The legend of an extraordinary bearded saint, whose cult in Christian Europe spread in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, became the inspiration for the newest realization of Iwona Demko. Though most likely it is a legendary figure, and the appearance of her images is associated with a misinterpretation of early medieval representations of Christ. The range of influence and social acceptance of her sanctity surprises for over 500 years. The brave Virgin became the patron of the girls who married and the wives persecuted by their husbands. Young boys also prayed for her in order to find the girl’s heart.
However, the legend is just an excuse to create the image of a crucified woman, alibi for us recipients, so that we would not feel the blasphemous cheek of the artist aimed at us.
At this point, it is difficult to agree with the optimistic conclusion of Dorota Jarecka in January’s election campaign that “the cold war of [Polish] society with art” has been won in the last decade. In fact, only a small group of artists and critics are free from internal, traditional censorship, “parochialism” in contact with art referring to religion.
The concept of depicting a crucified woman and the problem of patriarchal world order associated with it has been accompanied by Demko for a long time. The design of the Brave Virgin crystallized with a growing awareness of the emerging lack of gender equality and the painful experience of this condition. The work was created from the artist’s personal needs, her own thoughts and searches. Against anyone, without supporting anyone, for Iwona Demko.

curator Marta Skowrońska

Iwona Demko born on the 7th of August 1974 in Sanok.


1989.1994 – PLSP in Krosno,
1996-2001 – studies at the Faculty of Sculpture of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, in the studio of prof. Stefan Borzęcki and prof. Jerzy Nowakowski,
2000 – scholarship at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts et des Arts Appliques
in Toulouse, in France,

Awards, distinctions and exhibitions:

2001 – Creative Scholarship of the City of Krakow in the field of sculpture,
2004 – individual exhibition at the “Burzym & Wolff” gallery, in Krakow,
2004 – collective exhibition at the Patio Art Gallery in Łódź on the occasion of the International Textile Triennial,
2006 – participation in the International Sculpture Triennial in Poznań,
2006 – individual exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Sculpture,
in Orońsko,
2007 – individual exhibition titled; “Róż” in BWA, in Sanok,
2007 – collective exhibition, in the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle,
in Szczecin as part of the “Przeciąg” Young Art Festival,
2008 – collective exhibition “SEXHIBICJA”, Warsaw,
2008 – individual exhibition titled; “Lesson of openness”, BWA Sanok,
2008 – collective exhibition “Rybie Oko 5”, Biennial of Young Art, Baltic Art Gallery, Słupsk,
2008 – individual exhibition “Nieuwikłana”, Historical Museum in Sanok,
2008 – collective exhibition, Warsaw presentation of the V Biennale of Young Art “Rybie Oko”, Klima Bocheńska Gallery, Warsaw,
2009 – collective exhibition, “Gender – Women’s Days”, Szara Gallery, Cieszyn,
2009 – collective exhibition “28 days” at the Łaźnia Center for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk,
2009 – collective exhibition “Zakamarki” in BWA, in Sanok,
2009 – collective exhibition “Mother-Super Power”, Galeria Promocji Młodych, Łódź,
2009 – collective exhibition “Sweet in Art”, Art Gallery, Legnica,
2009 – collective exhibition, International Sculpture Triennial in Poznań,
2009 – collective exhibition, “Drag”, II Festival of Young Art in Szczecin,
2010 – collective exhibition “Artists for artists”, CSW Łaźnia, Gdańsk,
2010 – collective exhibition 6th International Festival of Visual Arts “inSPIRATIONS”, Szczecin,
2010 – individual exhibition “Pride and Prejudice”, Gallery of the Association of Arts-Pol Stróżówka, Łódź,
2010 – collective exhibition “Atrefakty X – Materia”, BWA, Przemyśl,
2011 – individual exhibition “Dzielna Virgin”, Art Agenda Nov