Goshka Macuga, ‘Searching for Hannah’, 2014, Whitechapel Gallery

Macuga’s sculptural installations bring together artifacts, curious objects, and existing works of art, creating environments in which the lines between curating and creation are deliberately blurred. Through her placement and presentation of what are often disparate objects, Macuga references various events in art and design history, often choosing to dwell on the unexplored or the overlooked, with anomalies and accidental occurrences featuring heavily in the final work. Macuga deems the compositional process entirely instinctive rather than logical, demonstrating a natural and intuitive understanding of the qualities of collage. The limited edition Searching for Hannah was created in response to the work of Hannah Hoch and to celebrate the Hannah Hoch exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2014.

Born in Poland, 1967, Goshka Macuga now lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013), The National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2012), the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (2011), the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009) and The Bloomberg Space, London (2003). She has shown extensively in group exhibitions, including those at dOCUMENTA (13), Germany (2012), the Castello di Rivoli, Italy (2010), the Saatchi Gallery, London (2010), the Royal College of Art, London (2009) and Tate Britain (2008-9).

About Goshka Macuga

Goshka Macuga approaches her art practice like a research project. She uncovers mystical stories and ideas, and then uses conventions of archiving and museum display to translate the research into visual language. She has created environments in which to display work by other artists, collections of books, or curiosities—often making an allusion to the artistic process. For the project It Broke from Within (2010), researched in the Walker Art Center archives for months, culminating in an installation of a tapestry depicting the Minnesotan wilderness woven with archival snippets, viewing platforms and sunken seating areas, and displays of texts, old photographs, and other materials from the vaults.

Polish, b. 1967, Warsaw, Poland, based in London, United Kingdom