Born in Lodz, Poland, in 1978
Conceptual artist, Agnieszka Kurant explores how complex social, economic and ecological systems can operate in ways that confuse distinctions between fiction and reality or nature and culture. Probing collective intelligence, non-human intelligences (Artificial Intelligence, animal and microbial intelligence) and the exploitations of social capital under surveillance capitalism, the artist explores the transformations of the human and the future of labour and creativity in the 21st century.
Kurant is the recipient of the 2019 Frontier Art Prize. Her recent exhibitions include the Istanbul Biennial, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, The Age of You at the MOCA Toronto, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar and Milano Triennale, curated by the MoMa curator Paola Antonelli.
In 2015, Kurant did a commission for the Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum façade in New York. In 2013-2014, she presented a major solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center, New York. In 2010 she co-represented Poland at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (with Aleksandra Wasilkowska). Kurant’s work was also featured in exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Guggenheim Bilbao; Tate Modern, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet; Cleveland Biennial; MUMOK, Vienna; Bonner Kunstverein; Grazer Kunstverein; Albright Knox, Buffalo; Kunsthalle Meinz; Stroom Den Haag; SFMOMA; MOMA in Warsaw; MOCA Detroit; CAC in Cincinnati; CCA in Tel Aviv, Mamco, Geneva; The Kitchen; Frieze Projects, London; Performa Biennial, New York; Momentum Biennial, Oslo. Her upcoming projects include commissions for the De Young Museum in San Francisco and for Castello di Rivoli in Torino.
She is an artist in residence at MIT CAST, a fellow of the Berggruen Institute and the Smithsonian Institute.