Julita Wójcik taking part in Artists-in-residence exchange programme of the project "Pažink svetimšalį / Close stranger".

Artist is staying at Klaipeda cultute communication centre residence. After the A-I-R Julita will create new works for the exhibition „Close Stranger”. 2014 this travel exhibition will be presented in Gdansk, Kaliningrad, Klaipeda.

Julita Wójcik (b. 1971) is a sculptress and an initiator of artistic actions. She is probably best known internationally as chronicler of the provincial home aesthetics’. Referring to everyday activities in her works, she blurs divisions between reality and art.

In 2013 She was awarded by Royal Scottish Academy Award for the Residency in Edinburg Sculpture Workshop and by Passport POLITYKA. In 2010 by Visegrad Artists Residency Programme Scholarship. Many times by Polish Minister of Culture in 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001 and 1995/6. She spend Residencies in 2007 Don’t Worry Be Curious! 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art‘s in Bergen, Norway, in 2006 Art in General‘s Residency in New York City, USA, in 2006 How to Do Things? - In the Middle of (No) Where...’s Residency in Budapest, Hungary.

Her works are in the public collections of: The National Museum inWarsaw, Poland, Zachęta National Art Gallery in Warsaw, Poland, Art Museum in Łódź, Poland, The National Museum in Szczecin, Poland, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Israel, The Horse Cross Commision in Perth/Scotland.

Project "Close stranger" 

«Close Stranger: promoting mutual understanding between population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through facilitation of exchange in the field of contemporary arts and culture» is a major project aimed at promoting collaborative work of Lithuanian, Polish and Russian institutions involved in contemporary arts and culture, and facilitating a greater understanding between the population of Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda through cultural participation.

The project is run by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia), the Centre for Contemporary Arts «Laznia» (Gdansk, Poland) and Klaipeda Culture Communication Centre (Klaipeda, Lithuania). It is designed for a two-year period, from January 2013 to December 2014.

The project is to launch a wide range of activities targeted at both the local communities and a large trans-border network of professionals such as contemporary artists, photographers, musicians, curators, art and cultural managers etc. A total of 11 exchange exhibitions to display the most interesting contemporary art practices are planned to be held in Gdansk, Kaliningrad and Klaipeda throughout the duration of the project.  

Alongside this widely used approach to cultural exchange, the project will employ a number of other mechanisms for enhancing large-scale production- and process-based cooperation in the region.