Biography of Alicja Kwade
Berlin-based Polish artist, Alicja Kwade (born 1979 in Katowice, Poland) is best known for her use of the doppelgänger, mirroring, and repetition in her works of mixed media sculpture. Following the legacy of Duchamp's ready-mades, Kwade incorporates and inverts materials from the everyday sphere such as mirrors, metal pipes, wooden boards, glass, bicycles, and lights to create meticulously designed minimalistic installations that unhinge perceptions and playfully call into question value and classification. Her distorted sensorial constellations teeter between the unambiguous and the phantasmagorical.
In recent years, Alicja Kwade's work has been show in numerous group and solo exhibitions across Europe, New York and Tokyo. In 2008 Kwade received the Piepenbrock Förderpreis and the Robert Jacobsen Prize in 2010.