Aneta Szylak is the founder and the first director of Wyspa Institute of Art (2004−2014) and the Centre for Contemporary Art Łaźnia (1998−2001); currently, president and artistic director of Alternativa Foundation and Director’s Plenipotentiary for establishing Museum of Modern Art within the National Museum in Gdańsk.
Szyłak is an author and artistic director of International Festival of Visual Arts Alternativa. She has curated (individually and collaboratively) exhibitions like: 2014 Everydayness, 2014 Hito Steyerl: Abstract, 2014 Oliver Ressler: Pilitical Visions – The World Anew, 2013 The Field is to the Sky, Only Backward, 2012 Materiality, 2012 Buildings and Remnants, 2011 Labour and Leisure, 2010 — 2011 Estrangement, 2005 Dockwatchers, 2004 Museums Palimpsest, 2004 BHP, 2003 Architecture of Gender. She co-authored publication ‘The Curatorial. A Philosophy of Curating’ (2013). Szyłak has lectured at Bard College, New School, Queens Collage and NYU among others. She worked as a visiting fellow researcher at Academy of Arts in Mainz and University of Copenhagen. Currently she is preparing her PhD thesis Curating Context. The Palimpsest on the Quotidian and the Curatorialunder Curatorial Knowledge programme at the Goldsmiths College London and University of Copenhagen. Szyłak is actively engaged with preservation of post-industrial heritage in Gdańsk.