Angelika Markul was born in 1977 in Szczecin, Poland. She lives and works between Warsaw and Paris.
A graduate of Beaux Arts in Paris at Christian Boltanski’s multimedia studio, she currently lives and works in Malakoff. In her artistic practice, Markul explores vanished, unexplored and dangerous places. Mixing fact and fiction, and often science fiction, his latest film projects took place in the Australian region of Broome, along the tracks of dinosaurs; on the Japanese island of Yonaguni, exploring a monument of unknown origin submerged under the sea; in the now impossible to visit Cueva de los Cristales of the Naica mine in northern Mexico; and in Chernobyl, capturing the resurgence of nature among the ruins. These films continue a process of reflection begun more than 10 years ago, addressing issues such as memory, bodies and places, destruction and the cycle of life. Caught between these two paradoxes, her process is invariably motivated by the desire to capture images, but also to sculpt them, thus making the obscure or hidden visible.
Her solo exhibitions include: Land of Departure, Palais de Tokyo – Paris (France), 2014; What is lost is at the beginning, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski – Warsaw (Poland), 2016; If the hours were already counted, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo – Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2018; and most recently, Formula of Time, International Center for Art and Landscape – Vassivière (France), 2020.
She has also participated in several group exhibitions, including The State of Life, National Art Museum of China -Beijing (China), 2015; Memory of Glaciers, Bienalsur – Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2017; Take Me (I am yours), Monnaie de Paris – Paris (France), 2015 / Kunsthalle Charlottenborg (Denmark), 2016 / The Jewish Museum – New York (USA), 2017; and most recently, MoMA-NY’s online exhibition, From Matter to Data: Ecology of Infrastructures, with her film Bambi at Chernobyl.
She was awarded the SAM Contemporary Art Award in 2012, the COAL Art and Environment Award in 2016, and the Maif Award for Sculpture in 2017.