Anna Jochymek

Anna is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the School of Social Sciences and Professions.

A proven artist, ethnographer, researcher and facilitator of unique, interdisciplinary art projects worldwide across public art sector and cultural institutions.
Her evolution as a scholar and artist is exemplified by her academic journey—from enrolling initially at the University of Fine Arts in Poznan leading to a practice-led PhD student exchange with the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) in London. Her awarded PhD, titled 'Crowd Crystal: The Space of Fear in Contemporary Society,' reflects her dedication to challenging established norms in both art and academia. Her research delves into critical questions surrounding social exclusion and marginalization, leading to the development and exploration of the concept of the 'Space of Fear' within the context of contemporary society.
Driven by a commitment to innovation, she operates at the nexus of action ethnography, visual art performance, digital media experimentation, and site-specific interventions, often utilizing her own family as a compelling case study for intimate ethnography. Navigating seamlessly between social anthropology and visual arts, she has crafted an interdisciplinary approach that employs both conventional and creative methods to challenge prevailing perceptions of otherness, difference, and national boundaries.

Centre for Global Diversities and Inequalities

2021 Room To Bloom - selected for the artist-in-training program and profiled in the online index of 100 international emerging feminist artists.
2020 a-n The Artists Information Company grant founded byThe Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund, UK
2019 The Digital Diaspora, selected to exhibition exchange partnership co-organised by Centrala, Birmingham and Studio 44, Birmingham, UK and Stockholm, SE
2015 Open Studio, winner of contest for performative projects in Komuna // Warszawa, Warsaw, PL
2013 Honourable Mention from the Rector for M.A. Diploma Bâton Fleurdelisé, Miroslaw Balka Studio of Spatial Activities, Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw, PL
2012 Scholarship of The Ministry of Science and Higher Education, PL
2011 Scholarship of The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, PL
2011 participation in grant project N.A.T.U.R.E. (New Art Tours Undergraduate Researchers Experience). Polish – Norwegian worshops resulted in the exhibition. Poznan, Kabelvåg, PL / N

In 2019 she won The Digital Diaspora open call for the innovative project Crowd Crystal which contributed to the subject of Central and Eastern European identity. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Geumcheon Art Factory, Seoul and the Performance Space Studio, London, UK and took part in exhibitions worldwide including: 'Her Own Way. Female Artists and the Moving Image in Art in Poland: From 1970s to the Present', Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo (2019), 'The Digital Diaspora', Centrala Space, Birmingham (2019), 'Sharing Borders', The Slade Research Center, Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), London (2019).

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Dr Anna Jochymek
ESRC Postdoctoral Research Assistant