Email: Karolina.Koczynska@ed.ac.uk

Programme: History of Art - MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: January 2017

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: 'Artes' and the Myths of Surrealism in Interwar Poland

Karolina is a first year History of Art PhD researching ‘artes’, a group of surrealist artists working in Lwów in the 1930s.

She began her interdisciplinary research on marginalised surrealists groups during her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she investigated the conceptual links between ‘artes’, the European School, and CoBrA in order to reveal how the universal contours of surrealism were embodied by distant artists in disparate locales. Prior to that, she earned her BA in International Affairs with a secondary field of study in Art History from George Washington University, where she developed her insight into the relationship between art and geopolitics.

She is a recipient of the PSFCU graduate scholarship which recognises young Polish-American students committed to engagement with their Polish heritage.

Karolina is also currently serving on the Student Member Committee of the Association for Art History.

Karolina’s current research builds on her previous interest in marginalised avant-grade groups. It aims to introduce English-speaking audiences to 'artes' as well as to re-contextualising the group within the Polish and European avant-garde. The project explores how the group’s understanding and use of mythology and local folklore manifested itself as a form of resistance against the growing threats of nationalism and consumerism in the 1930s.