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Andrej Polukord

Andrej Polukord. Roofs of Vilnius, 2020. Photo by Johan Österholm

Andrej Polukord (born 1990) is an emerging artist based in Vilnius and Vienna. His installations, performances, and video art projects create ambiguous, unpredictable environments, and absurd situations. The themes of everyday life, ecology, and the ethical relationship between man and nature are often revealed by means of humour, adventure, and storytelling in his works. 

In a group exhibition ‘Performing the Fringe’ (2020) at the Konsthall C art centre in Stockholm, Andrej Polukord constructed an installation, ‘Vilnius Roofs’, in which exhibition visitors were invited to try out the safest way to climb the roofs. The technique proposed by the artist can be applied to all the roofs in the world and literally opens new paths and ways not only of seeing but also of co-existing with one’s environment. 

Polukord’s most important projects include his participations in the 12th Kaunas Biennial in Kaunas (2019), the minus20degree biennial in Flachau (2018), the Survival Kit in Riga (2017); exhibitions at GAK Kunstverein in Bremen, Konsthall C in Stockholm, Zachęta project space at the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, the National Gallery of Art in Vilnius, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, and the International Video Art Festival in Moscow (2017). He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and was one of the two winners of the Kunsthalle Wien Prize in 2016. In 2014, Polukord founded Galerie Uberall, one of the first ever private mobile galleries. Galerie Uberall has presented exhibitions at various international institutions including Vienna Contemporary (2015), Documenta 14 in Athens (2017), and Hoftallungen | mumok in Vienna.