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Anna Barlik

Born in 1985 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2004 she started her art studies in Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, where she majored in Jewelry design and graduated cum laude three years later. She continued her education at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where from 2005-2010 she studied sculpture. During her time in the Faculty of sculpture, Anna received a scholarship at Universite die Kunste in Berlin, which she attended in 2008. After graduation in 2010, Barlik continued her education pursuing simultaneously Ph.D. in her Warsaw alma mater and a post-graduate urban planning program in Warsaw Technical University. In 2017 she successfully defended her Ph.d. in arts with it finalizing a four-year exploration of space in Nordic culture. She remains an active member of the academic community by teaching composition and visual structures in Polish-Japanese School of Computer Science.


Underneath is an open spatial composition originally inspired by the arrangement of forms and their relationships – like Warsaw. Beneath is what we don’t see at first glance. It is only after a longer look, when you can see that the composition spots have colourful glows created as a spectrum of colour reflecting from the wall. The work was created in a way that allows many arrangements – elements can change places, which modifies the entire composition. The viewer visiting PURO Warszawa can discover these shifts again and again. Just as changes happening in the city – look more carefully and see how much has evolved.


Q: What are the hidden layers of Warsaw?

A: Warsaw is my city. I was born here and this is my place in the world. Each district has different layers, stories and contexts – this means that you can always discover Warsaw again. It is a complex metropolis that once arose from ashes, and is now one of the most eclectic European capitals. Modernist tenements, next to a few pre-war buildings, self-willed structures of the nineties and modern architecture are only the complex physical layer. The differences between the wild and regulated Vistula waterfront are invisible to the inhabitants – the balance between contrasts is maintained. It is most difficult to see all these contexts if – like me – you don’t have perspective because you have lived here since birth. I learn Warsaw every time I leave, and sometimes as soon as I visit places that I haven’t been to in a long time. Discovering a large city and its hidden treasures requires time, patience and fresh eyes. There are hidden grassroot initiatives, local communities or simply places that live by their own rhythm – all these phenomena and layers require time and observation.

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