Arek Parasite – a visual artist. In 2010 he formulated the “Manifesto of Parasitism” presenting the idea of his activities as a parasite-artist. According to these ideas covered in “Manifesto”, Arek Parasite lived, worked and created parasitizing for four years in several cities, cultural institutions and all places of culture. Over time, his actions turned into a critique of the status of the artist in society and he began to create the so-called host projects. In this spirit, in 2012, he created a series of activities called “Willing to help” implemented in Polish villages and towns. In 2013, he designed and completed the construction of the HOME in Elblag – a house, which is the dream of every young person who has no money for land, materials nor labour. Then he worked in various projects with social groups referred to as “social parasites”: the Romani people, the people who experienced long-term unemployment and the people who experienced social exclusion. One of such projects was the Painting workshop “Not to be Rejected” that lasted between 2015 and 2016, where homeless people were able to work. The belief in the therapeutic role of art was the base of artist’s projects.

More information on Parasitism in the Manifesto of Parasitism.

Arek Parasite is a PhD student at AAH UMK Toruń/Poland (supervisors: dr hab. Rafał Jakubowicz, prof. UAP; dr Mikołaj Iwański).

The list of selected exhibitions and projects.
Individual exhibitions:

2020 –  ENOUGH! The striking exhibition on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of Polish women fight the electoral rights, public space, Toruń, PL
2016 –  Blackthings, GAUNTLET Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2014 –  Malineas O Roma!, Dům Pánů z Kunštátu, Brno, CZE
2009 –  Ich liebe dich, Die Ballsaal Gallerie, Berlin, DE
2009 –  I like CoCA only a little, GwLwP+KwCSW, CoCA Center of Contemporary Art, Toruń, PL
2009 –  Blob, OFFicyna, Szczecin, PL
2008 –  Arcy-master, Gallery for… (as a duo Thick Worst), Toruń, PL

Selected projects:

2017 –  Sold, art residence in The Raczej Gallery, Poznań, PL
2016 –  The Builder, Building As The Economic System: New Heat, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, PL
2015-2016 –  Painting Workshop „Not to be Rejected”, in cooperation with Dlaczego Pomagam Foundation, Elbląg, PL
2014-2015 – Painting Workshop „Not to be Rejected”, in cooperation with „Rewiry”, Lublin, PL
2014 –  Social Parasitic Painting, Global Communication 2014, Brno, CZE
2013-2015 –  HOME, living, building, action, work in a public space, Elbląg, PL
2012 –  Willing to help, Aleksandrów Kuj. – Nowe Miasto Lub. – Warsaw – Gniew – Nowe – Grudziądz – Chełmno – Cracow, PL
2011 –  Casting for a Female Parasite-Artist, BWA Wrocław, PL
2011 – I’m an artist, in front of the entrence of the most important art galleries in Poland, inter alia: Zachęta Warsaw, CoCA Warsaw, Galerry Bunkier Cracow, PGS Sopot, PL
2010-2014 –  PARASITE, galleries / museums in: Toruń, Pszczyna, Chemnitz (Germany), Radom, Toruń, Wrocław, Gniezno, Aleksandrów Kujawski, Toruń, Cracow, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Warsaw, Poznań, Elbląg, Leitrim (Ireland), Stockholm (Sweden), Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Elbląg, PL

Group exhibitions:

2020 – Procesy, TIFF Festival – Czas wyjść, Złoty Kiosk, Wrocław, PL
2019 – 100 FLAG, Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa, Łódź, PL
2019 – Międzygatunkowy Pokój, Mieszkanie, Toruń, PL
2019 – “Rozbrat zostaje / XXV lecie”, Rozbrat, Poznań, PL
2018 – Najgorzej jest być bogatym przez chwilę, Henryk Gallery, Kraków, PL
2017 – Świat Należy Do Ciebie / The World Is Yours, Art Walk przy Warsaw Spire, Warszawa, PL
2017 – OSTRALE Biennale 2017, Dresden, DE
2017 – Again – another, Blask Brzask, Łódź, PL
2017 –  The deeper into the forest, the more mushrooms, Wykwit, Wrocław, PL
2016 –  Building As The Economic System: New Heat, curator: Marcin Zalewski, MCK, New Town Lub., PL
2015 –  Wash, BWA Bydgoszcz, PL
2014 –  Please call Stella, under LOCIS in Ireland, Sweden and Poland, CoCA Toruń, PL
2013 –  Workers of The Artworld Unite, curator: Stanisław Ruksza, CSW Kronika, Bytom, PL
2013 –  EPIDEMIC, curator: Piotr Lisowski, CoCA Toruń, PL
2013 –  ?????, Awakening, curator: Karina Dzieweczyńska, Elbląg, PL
2012 –  SESILUS, curators: Klara Kopcińska, Józef Żuk Piwkowski, Gniew – Nowe – Grudziądz – Chełmno, PL
2012 –  No Budget Show, curator: Robert Kuśmirowski, MOCAK Cracow, PL
2012 –  BMW/Art/Transformy/2012, National Opera, Warsaw, PL
2011 –  Global Communication 2011, curator: Bartosz Łukasiewicz, MCSW Elektrownia, Radom, PL
2011 –  Begehungen no8, Chemnitz, DE
2011 –  Swindlers, Rascals, Parasites, curators: Patrycja Sikora, Piotr Stasiowski, BWA Wrocław, PL
2009 –  Survival Art Review 7 (as a duo Thick Worst), Wrocław, PL
2008 –  De immundo (as a duo Thick Worst), curator: Piotr Stasiowski, BWA Wrocław, PL
2008 –  Survival Art Review 6 (as a duo Thick Worst), Wrocław, PL

Selected curatorial projects:

2014-2016 – Painting Workshop „Not to be Rejected”, a serie of seven shows curated and created together with people experiencing homelessness, Lublin, Elbląg, PL
2014 –  Garden of Agricultural Sculpture, in collaboration with the youth who were building and working on the project: HOME, Elbląg, PL
2013 –  Floot Trash Looters, exhibition in cooperation with Group over Vistula, co-curator: Marcin Zalewski, Gallery at Vistula, Toruń, PL
2012 –  Integrative Exhibition, two exhibitions aimed at environmental integration,Gallery at Vistula, Toruń, PL
2011 –  SOON, group exhibition, BWA Wrocław, PL
2011 –  MY, a serie of nine exhibitions at that time parasitized Gallery at Vistula, Toruń, PL
2011 –  Campers, two partisan exhibitions in CoCA, Toruń, PL
2010 –  inSPIRACJA GLAMUR (as a duo Thick Worst), Szczecin, PL
2009 –  Gallery Rouge Doupe (as a duo Thick Worst), LED screen in a public space, 9 exposures, Toruń, PL
2009 –  Biennale Wenecja (as a duo Thick Worst), Wenecja k. Żnina, woj. Kujawsko-Pomorskie, PL

Awards and scholarships:

2022 –  Scholarship of the Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship in the field of Culture
2015 –  Scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

2012 –  Award in the competition BMW/ART/TRANSFORMY/2012
2011 –  ARTLUK Contemporary Art Magazine’s Award for the project PARASITE in 2010