Frith Street Gallery is pleased to announce representation of artist, educator and activist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas.
Mirga-Tas’s work addresses anti-Roma stereotypes and engages in building an affirmative iconography of Roma communities. Her work depicts everyday life: relationships, alliances and shared activities. The artist’s vibrant textile collages are created from materials and fabrics collected from family and friends, which imbues them with a life of their own and a corresponding immediacy. Patchworks made of curtains, jewellery, shirts, and sheets are sewn together to form so-called 'microcarriers' of history, just as resulting images revise macro perspectives.
Mirga-Tas’s portrayals take the perspective of 'minority feminism', which consciously advocates for women's strength while acknowledging the artist's cultural roots. Mirga-Tas was the official Polish representative at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022 – the first Roma artist to represent any country. Her vibrant works offer a rare opportunity to see the Roma on their own terms, both as a contemporary community and as a people with a rich heritage.
Mirga-Tas was born in 1978 in Zakopane, Poland and lives and works in Czarna Góra, Poland. Recent solo exhibitions include I Have a Dream / Suno Mangie Dzialas, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2023); Re-enchanting the World, Polish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale, Italy (2022); Screen Test, Kahán Art Space Vienna & Budapest, Austria & Hungary (2022); Travelling Images, International Cultural Centre, Kraków, Poland (2022); Re-enchanting the World: Homecoming, Castello Estense, Ferrara, Italy (2022); Out of Egypt, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, Poland (2021) and The stories we become, Szydłowski Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2020).
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas’s first UK exhibition will take place at Frith Street Gallery in September 2023. A press release will follow.