Agnieszka Kurant, ‘Political Map of Phantom Islands’, 2011, ICI Annual Benefit & Auction 2015

Agnieszka Kurant’s work stands at the confluence of art and social science, investigating how intangible forces such as myth and rumor tangibly affect society, both politically and economically. Political Map of Phantom Islands is a map of mirages, comprised solely of fictitious islands mined from either mythology or cartographic errors in actual maps throughout history. Kurant represented Poland at the Venice Biennale 12th International Architecture Exhibition and recently had a major solo exhibition at the SculptureCenter, New York.

About Agnieszka Kurant

Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant investigates what she calls “phantom capital”—the invisible or imagined forces that economically and politically influence society. She is interested in how fiction, myth, and rumor masquerade as material reality, trump logic, and impact how people live. Kurant’s conceptual body of work includes sculpture, installation, film, photography, and works on paper, often supplemented with extensive research and writing. Phantom Library (2011–12), a shelf of seemingly real hardcover and paperback books, is in fact a collection of volumes with blank pages attributed to authors with names borrowed from fictional literary characters.

Polish, b. 1978

Group Shows

Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, 
Cleveland, USA,
Front International