Jana Shostak

author biographical note degree piece


The action of introducing a substitute word for the stigmatising one: “refugee”. With the help of social and mass media, I have attempted to disseminate the non-existent noun “newman” (“nowak”), which is a homonym of the most popular surname in Poland. With the help of a media wave, including participation in the TV show Polish@Polish dictionary, numerous radio programs and interviews published in the press and the Internet, I have instilled the word into the space of language.

I defended my degree piece, presented on 67 screens located in the Saturn shop in Złote Tarasy shopping mall in Warsaw on June 20th, the World Newman Day.

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(born 1993)
Graduated from the Faculty of Media Art of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2017). In the artistic practice, her focus is on activities that activate / hack the non-art system. Grand Prix winner at Młode Wilki 16 festival; Critics’ Award in the Best Degree Pieces 2017; 1st award in the competition at In Out Festival (2017), Robert Biedroń Award in the “Rybie Oko” Young Art Biennial (2017) and Honorary Mention StartPoint, Prague (2017). Participant of: Manifesto 11 The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Zurich (2016), WRO 2017 BIENNALE: DRAFT SYSTEMS, Wrocław (2017).