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Zuzanna Hertzberg – daughter of Anna, granddaughter of Krystyna and Janina – is an interdisciplinary artist, artivist, and researcher. Her art includes painting, performance, textiles, and assemblage. She is the author of installations and collages using archival materials. She is interested in the interweaving of individual and collective memory, and in the search for identity in the mechanism of appropriation and restitution of minority heritage, especially women’s heritage, as well as issues of geopolitics and strategies of marginalisation of uncomfortable narratives.
She is involved in individual and collective practices combating discrimination and violence against marginalized people and groups.
She earned her PhD degree at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (Spaces of Ignorance,2018). Doctoral Studies at the New Media Department: Painting Studio and Public Domain Art Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (supervised by Professor Leon Tarasewicz and Professor Krzysztof Wodiczko). She graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Painting (Professor Leon Tarasewicz and PhD Paweł Susid Painting Studio). She is also a graduate of W. Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz Painting and Graphic Design Faculty.
She participated in a number of exhibitions in Poland and abroad, among them:
Women Fighters. An Affective Archive, Studio Gallery, Warsaw (2023); Mechitza. Individual And Collective Resistance Of Women During The Shoah, Center for Jewish History, New York, USA (2022/23); Still Present, The 12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Germany (2022); In the beginning was the deed!, Arsenał Gallery, Białystok (2021); WOMEN’S BUSINESS, Fundacja Profile Gallery, Warsaw, Poland (2021); Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2020/21,); Individual and Organized Resistance of Women during the Holocaust, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland (2019); Touch the Art, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2019); Young Polish painting, National Museum in Gdansk (2019), Niepodległe: Women, Independence and National Discourse, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2018/19); Zuzanna Ginczanka. True Life Is Only About Happiness., Lviv Center for Urban History, Lviv, Ukraine (2018); A microcosm of things: The public and private lives of collections, Museum of Warsaw (2017/18); Czech-Polish stars, Kubik Gallery, Litomysl, Czech Republic (2016,); Progress and hygiene, Zachęta – National Galery of Art, Warsaw (2014).
She is the co-founder of the Jewish Antifascist Block, a member of the Antifascist Coalition, and a member of the board of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland.
She was a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including: The Vivian J. Prins Foundation Artistic Residency at the Center For Jewish History, New York (2021); The Tarbut Fellowship, a scholarship program organized by the Joint Distribution Committee (2019-2022); Kavaleridze. RE:VISION international program of artistic residences in Kyiv, Ukraine (2018); The Retreat for Jewish Artists organized by Asylum Arts and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw (2017); Innovating Science Communication at Medical Museums 2014 in Leiden – Netherlands with the art project Eugenics and Euthanasia. Representative of Poland in the 4th edition of UNESCO Art Camp Biennial – Colors of the Planet 2014 in Andorra.
Meet Over Lunch: A conversation between Zuzanna Hertzberg and Shira Backer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5U69Bnz_Js