Alicja Melzacka:

Off the Grid
Periode: 08.01—30.06.2024

As an inde­pen­dent cura­tor and wri­ter, Alicja Melzacka has col­la­bo­ra­ted with artists and insti­tu­ti­ons in Belgium, Netherlands and beyond. Recent pro­jects inclu­de the solo exhi­bi­ti­on Close Contact’ with Dominik Ritszel at Szara Gallery in Warsaw, the group exhi­bi­ti­on Proxemities’ at La Box, Bourges (co-cura­ted with Patricia Couvet), and Hypertext Hotel’ at SB34 in Brussels, which con­cei­ved of an exhi­bi­ti­on as a work of inter­ac­ti­ve fiction. 

Her texts have accom­pa­nied mul­ti­ple exhi­bi­ti­ons and appe­a­red in artists’ books, cata­lo­gues and art press; some publis­hers inclu­de HART, KAJET Journal, BLOK Magazine, Onomatopee, Fantôme Verlag, MER Paper Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Wien. She is a co-foun­der of pro­ject spa­ce celad­or in Brussels and a board mem­ber of SB34 (Brussels) and B32 (Maastricht).

From 2019 to 2023, she wor­ked at Jester (for­mer­ly CIAP and FLACC) in Hasselt and Genk, whe­re she sup­por­ted artists throug­hout their resi­d­en­cy pro­jects and cura­ted solo exhi­bi­ti­ons with Beny Wagner & Sasha Litvintseva, Marina Sula, Marianne Berenhaut, and Alexis Gautier. She was one of the coo­r­di­na­tors of the bian­nu­al artists’ books fair co-orga­ni­sed by Jester, KRIEG, and Oda Park. 

She holds a dou­ble Bachelor’s degree in Art History as well as Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies from the University of Gdansk (20112015) and a Master’s degree in Arts and Heritage: Policy Management and Education from Maastricht University (20152016). In 2019, she com­ple­ted a post­gra­du­a­te pro­gram­me in Curatorial Studies at KASK School of Arts and Conservatorium in Ghent.

1 Arthur Cordier Laatste Ronde Trixie photo Helena Roigg 6 Proxemities La Box curated with Patricia Couvet works Rokko Miyoshi min 3 Hypertext Hotel SB34 photo Silvia Cappellari min 5 Hypertext Hotel backend with Peter Lemmens and Kendal Beynon 4 Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence Auditing Intimacy 7 rosa rose rosae rosae curated by Pauline Hatzigeorgiou 8 Marianne Berenhaut Mine de Rien design Hannah Sakai 2 Fairshare CIAP performance by Adrijana Gvozdenovic photo Alexandra Bertels

Alicja Melzacka:

We wel­co­me Alicja Melzacka (PL) as the first cura­tor-in-resi­den­ce of Off the Grid in the first half of 2024. Amongst other things, Melzacka will con­vey research on various modes of (self-)publishing within an artis­tic prac­ti­ce. Save the date 26 — 28.04 for the first public pro­gram­me, cura­ted by this resident.

I always ima­gi­ned I would beco­me either a trans­la­tor, wri­ter, or artist, and I guess how I under­stand cura­ting takes a bit from all of the­se dis­ci­pli­nes. I am par­ti­cu­lar­ly affec­ted by the nar­ra­ti­ve, time-based dimen­si­on in art. In my cur­rent work, I aim to inte­gra­te wri­ting and cura­ting, often thin­king from or through spe­ci­fic tex­tu­al prac­ti­ces, most recent­ly, non-linear sto­ry­tel­ling, gen­re hybri­di­ty, and embo­died wri­ting. I try to cul­ti­va­te a par­ti­cu­lar eco­lo­gy of prac­ti­ce, pla­cing impor­tan­ce on long-term enga­ge­ment, dia­lo­gi­cal pro­ces­ses, and col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve research, and searching for cura­to­ri­al con­texts that sup­port this type of work. I attach gre­at value to self-orga­ni­sa­ti­on and explo­re its poten­ti­al as well as limita­ti­ons as a mem­ber and co-foun­der of seve­r­al bottom-up initiatives.

The reflec­ti­ve resi­d­en­cy focus­ses on intro­spec­ti­on, research, dia­lo­gue and exchan­ge. This for­mat faci­li­ta­tes spa­ce, time and bud­get for inde­pen­dent cul­tu­re wor­kers to expand their prac­ti­ce and to expe­ri­ment with new cura­to­ri­al for­mats. Together with the artist-in-resi­den­ce and the col­lec­ti­ve-in-resi­den­ce, a hori­zon­tal, trans­ver­sal and cross-poli­na­ting public pro­gram­me is devel­o­ped in Off the Grid.

Photo cre­dits:

1. Text accom­pan­ying Arthur Cordier’s solo exhi­bi­ti­on Laatste Ronde’ at Trixie, The Hague, 2023. Photo Helena Roigg.

2. Proxemities’, group exhi­bi­ti­on at La Box, Bourges, co-cura­­ted with Patricia Couvet, 2023. Here – works by Rokko Miyoshi. Photo François Lauginie.

3. Hypertext Hotel, group exhi­bi­ti­on at SB34 in Brussels, 2022. Works from left to right: Henry Andersen, Bartek Buczek, Stuart Moulthrop (screen), Peter Lemmens. Photo Silvia Cappellari.

4. Backend of the inter­ac­ti­ve text co-writ­­ten with Peter Lemmens and Kendal Beynon for Hypertext Hotel’, 2022.

5. Text in Auditing Intimacy’ by Office For Joint Administrative Intelligence (Gary Farrelly & Chris Dreier), desig­ned by Zero Desk, publis­hed by Fantôme Verlag, 2021.

6. Insert pro­du­ced on the occa­si­on of the exhi­bi­ti­on rosa rosa rosae rosae’ cura­ted by Pauline Hatzigeorgiou at Maison Pelgrims, 2021.

7. Spread from the publi­ca­ti­on Marianne Berenhaut, Mine de rien’, edi­ted by Alicja Melzacka, desig­ned by Hannah Sakai, pro­du­ced by CIAP, C‑mine and Dvir Gallery, 2021.

9. Performance by Adrijana Gvozdenović during Fairshare’ artists’ book fair orga­ni­sed by KRIEG, CIAP and B32 in Hasselt, 2019. Photo Alexandra Bertels.