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Kahan Art Space Vienna

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas | exhibition

Kahan Art Space Vienna
February 23,2022 - April 30,2022
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas,Roma Andale Estonia, from the cycle Face Value, 2021, Acrylic and fabrics on canvas, 140 x 220cm

February 23, 2022 April 30, 2022

The colorful works of Malgorzata Mirga-Tas (b. 1978, Zakopane) depict the richinterior lives of Poland’s Romani communities. Cut and modelled into highlyembellished textiles, objects and screens, the semi-abstract sculptures and paintingsare joyous illustrations of the everyday lives of the artist’s family members andfriends in her home of Czarna Góra, Poland, one of the longest settled Romanicommunities in Eastern Europe. As both representations of members of her ownBergitka Roma tribe, the works are often formed by clothes that are worn byindividuals dear to the artist. The highly layered and intricate works are decoratedwith sequins, feathers and playing cards in an almost pop art form, crafting narrativeswithin the exhibition room and calling attention to the emotional expressions ofminority communities.


Małgorzata Mirga-Tas is a Polish-Romani artist and activist. In her works, sculptures,paintings, spatial objects and large-format textiles, she addresses anti-Romanistereotypes and engages in building an affirmative iconography of Romacommunities. She graduated from the Faculty of Sculpture at the Academy of FineArts in Krakow (2004). She participated in several dozen individual and groupexhibitions, including the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), the Art Encounters Biennial inTimişoara (2019, 2021), 3rd Autostrada Biennale in Prizren (2021), while her workshave been displayed at the Moravian Gallery in Brno (2017), the Center of PolishSculpture in Orońsko (2020), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2020), andRautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne (2021), among others. In April 2022 shewill represent Poland that the Venice Biennial.She lives and works in Czarna Góra, Poland.

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