Kem is a queer feminist collective based in Warsaw. Founded in 2016, Kem supports artists, programmes events, and hosts parties that experiment with choreography, performance, and sound as community building practices. Kem School is a new study programme devised to facilitate the development of personal practice as well as collective modes of working. Situated in Warsaw, the programme is established in response to the local need for alternative art education that supports research, process, and methods of self-organising.
Artist and choreographer, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins engages with queer affect, embodiment and relationality. Previous and solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2019); Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw (2018); and Chisenhale Gallery, London (2017). Baczyński-Jenkins has also presented work at: the 58th International Art Exhibition–La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019); Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2017). He is co-founder of the feminist and queer collective Kem in Warsaw.
Kasia Wlaszczyk is a London-based cultural worker and co-creator of Kem School, a new study programme initiated by Kem and based in Warsaw. She holds an MA in History of Art from University College London. Wlaszczyk was part of the Curatorial Team of Rights of Future Generations - the first iteration of Sharjah Architecture Triennial (2019), Assistant to the Director at Ashkal Alwan (2016-2018), and Curatorial Assistant: Commissions at Chisenhale Gallery (2015-2016).
Each mentor will work closely with one program participant over several months, critically reflecting on their artistic practice, its relationship to this particular moment, and possible paths it might take in the future. Alex Baczyński-Jenkins and Kasia Wlaszczyk will collaborate with artist Yulia Krivich.