The Polish Cultural Institute New York, established in
2000, is a diplomatic mission to the United States serving under the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
The Institute’s mission is to build, nurture and
promote cultural ties between the United States and Poland by presenting Polish
culture to American audiences and by connecting Polish artists and scholars to
American institutions, introducing them to their professional counterparts in
the United States, and facilitating their participation in contemporary
The Institute has been producing and promoting a broad
range of cultural events in theater, music, film, literature, the humanities,
and visual arts. Among its American partners are such distinguished
organizations as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Brooklyn Academy of
Music; The Museum of Modern Art; The Jewish Museum; The PEN American Center;
The Poetry Society of America; National Gallery of Art; Yale University;
Columbia University; Princeton University; Harvard Film Archive; CUNY Graduate
Center; Julliard School of Music; The New Museum; La MaMa E.T.C.; and many
more. Our programs have included American presentations of works by such
luminaries as filmmakers Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda and Jerzy Skolimowski;
writers Czeslaw Milosz, Adam Zagajewski and Wislawa Szymborska; composers
Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutoslawski and Mikolaj Gorecki; theatre directors
Krystian Lupa, Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor and Grzegorz Jarzyna; visual
artists Krzysztof Wodiczko, Katarzyna Kozyra, Artur Zmijewski; and many other
important artists, writers, historians, scholars, musicians, and performers.
Jerzy Onuch –
Jerzy Onuch is a contemporary artist, curator, and
arts administrator. He received his MFA from the the Warsaw Academy
of Fine Arts in 1979, specializing in painting, graphics and art education. As
an artist he matured in Poland in the early 1980s, a period of artistic
freedom, vitality, and opportunity unique in postwar Eastern Europe.
Mr. Onuch began to take part in solo and group shows in 1976, and in 1980 he
became co-director and curator of the Warsaw Academy’s Dziekanka Gallery,
devoted to innovative and experimental programs. As a curator he co-organized
over 70 exhibitions and events between 1980 and 1986. The Dziekanka Gallery,
which he helped run with Janusz Baldyga, Lukasz Szajna and Tomasz Sikorski, was
highly progressive and naturally politically charged as it was born during the
rise of the pro-democratic Solidarity movement.
In 1987, after spending one year in the United States, Mr. Onuch settled in
Toronto, Canada, continuing to work in performance art and installation,
curating and teaching.
Mr. Onuch served from 1997-2005 as Director of the Center for Contemporary Art
(CCA) in Kyiv, Ukraine (formerly the George Soros Centre for Contemporary
Arts). During his tenure the Center presented many Ukrainian and International
artists including: Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, Ilya Kabakov,
Joseph Kosuth, Tony Ousler, Leon Tarasewicz, Arsen Savadov, Taras Polataiko,
Boris Mikhailov, Serhiy Bratkov, Illya Chichkan, Andrij Sahaidakovskyi, Masoch
Fund, Oleg Kulik and others. During the "Orange Revolution" the CCA
became a political center for young artist-activists (now called REP) who used
the center's premises for the creation of "revolutionary art". During
this period Mr. Onuch was also a public and at times a political force, often
treated by friends, colleagues and competitors as a moral authority on the development
and state of the arts and culture in post-communist Ukraine.
In February 2003, Korrespondent magazine (similar to Time or Newsweek) named
Mr. Onuch as one of the 10 most influential foreign citizens working in
Ukraine. In 2005 Mr. Onuch joined the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
served as a I Counsellor to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine
and Director of the Polish Cultural Institute in Kyiv through 2010.
Bartek Remisko – Deputy Director
Bartek Remisko has been Deputy Director of the Institute since September 2011.
He graduated in Applied Linguistics (English and French) from Warsaw University
in 2000, and in 2003 completed his MA in International Economic and Political
Relations at the Warsaw School of Economics and IEP Sciences-Po, Paris. Later
on he completed postgraduate programs in Arts Management and Administration
(2005) and in Cultural Economics and Politics (2006), both at Universite Paris
VIII. In 2009 he completed his Masters degree in Curating Contemporary Art from
Jagiellonian University in Cracow, and in 2011 a Cultural Diplomacy program.
Between 1997 and 2003 Mr. Remisko worked in various foreign diplomatic missions
in Warsaw as a Polish Language Instructor. In 2001 he interned in the Permanent
Mission of the Republic of Poland to UNESCO in Paris, and at the UN in New
York. In 2005-06 Mr. Remisko worked in the Pompidou Center in Paris, and in
2006-07 in the European Commission (Education and Culture Directorate) and in
the European Parliament (Parliamentary Committee on Culture), both in Brussels.
From 2007–11 he worked as an Expert in Corporate Social Responsability and
Diversity Managament in the TP-Orange Group in Warsaw, Poland, the largest
telecommunications company in Central and Eastern Europe, part of the worldwide
France Telecom-Orange Group.
Anna Perzanowska – Music Programming
Anna Perzanowska has been Music Programmer at the Institute
since January 2007.
Anna Perzanowska is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in ethnomusicology
at the City University of New York at Hunter College. Music has been her
passion since her very early years; she began her music education at the age of
five at the Fryderyk Chopin Elementary Music School in Warsaw. After
immigrating to New York at the age of 14, she continued her studies at the
LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts. Upon attending music
classes at Hunter College, Anna graduated from Baruch College with a Bachelor
of Business Administration in Marketing in 2003. In order to combine her
interests, Anna worked with numerous New York institutions and musicians in
preparation of concerts and various cultural events.
Marzena Dawidziuk – Film & Performing Arts Programming
Marzena Dawidziuk has been Project Coordinator since
October 2012, having previously worked as Assistant to the Director of the
She earned a Master’s Degree in American Studies from Maria Curie-Sklodowska
University in Lublin. A foreign languages enthusiast, she worked as a
Polish/English business and legal translator for several years before
joining the Polish Cultural Institute. Upon immigrating to New York in 2008,
she has continued her education at NYU School of Continuing and Professional
Studies, where she completed her Certificate in Global Affairs.
Paulina Bebecka – Visual Arts Programming
Paulina Bebecka has been Visual Arts Curator at the
Institute since September 2011.
Paulina holds a Master of Arts in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby’s Institute
of Art in London and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in
International Business Administration, both from the American University of
Paris. She has worked in the field of contemporary art in New York, Paris and
London. At the moment she divides her time between the Polish Cultural
Institute and Postmasters Gallery. The several shows she curated at Postmasters
have been reviewed by various arts publications including the New York Times
Sean Bye - Humanities Programming
Sean Bye has been Humanities Expert at the Institute since February 2014.
Sean is a literary translator, actor and theater director. His translations of Polish fiction, drama and reportage have been published in magazines and journals such as Words Without Borders, Continents, and In Other Words, and his essays and commentary on literary translation have appeared in The Mantle, Translation Ireland and others. He is an artistic director of the London-based radio theater company Invisible Theater, for which he regularly acts, produces and translates.
Sean studied Polish, French, and German at University College London from 2005-2009, and received a Master's International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2010. He won a competitive space on the 2013 British Centre for Literary Translation mentorship program and spent six months working with the award-winning Polish literary translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones. A native of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Sean was based primarily in London from 2005 to 2014 before moving to New York to join the PCI.
Martyna S. Sowa – Assistant to the Director
Martyna S. Sowa has been Assistant to the Director of
the Institute since October 2012.
Martyna holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University in East Central
European Studies. Before she immigrated to the United States in 2002, she
studied Fine Arts at Stanislaw Wyspianski Fine Arts High School in Poland after
graduating from Fryderyk Chopin Music School majoring in Flute Performance. At
Columbia, Martyna was a member of the Polish Student Society and focused in her
studies on Eastern European culture, history, arts, politics, and international