A Short Introduction: Marcin Dudek

Marcin Dudek (1979) grew up in a drab gray residential block in post-communist Poland. For over six years in the 1990s he was a fanatic supporter of the Cracovia football club. Gradually he switched from being an observer to a participant of another game that happened outside the stadium. His experiences of being part of a hooligan group in Krakow during his adolescence is such an intense part of his autobiography that it eventually merged into his artistic practice. The work he has produced the last decade explores the subculture of fanatical support groups, toxic forms of masculinity, and the dynamics of crowds in and around the football stadium.⁠

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ABOUT Marcin Dudek

Marcin Dudek was born in 1979, in Poland
He lives and works in Brussels

Marcin Dudek is an artist whose objects, installations, collages, and performances touch upon questions regarding the role of control in society, the hierarchy of power, and mechanisms that govern the release of violence and aggression. His use of abstraction to deal with these questions further highlights the effort, anxiety and compulsion that characterize his process of image production.

Dudek’s artistic practice is focused on situations that are based on the confrontation between the world of violence and the world of art. To construct these situations, he often invokes the history of extreme events that have taken place in stadium spaces, paired with events of his own experience as a teenage football fan. Dudek analyzes the abstract concept of aggression, triggered frequently and often without premeditation, within the architecture of any given spectacle.

After leaving Poland aged 21, he studied at the University Mozarteum, Salzburg and at Central Saint Martins, London, graduating in 2005 and 2007 respectively. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Salzburger Kunstverein (AT), the Arad Art Museum (RO), Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in Krakow (PL), the Goethe-Institut Ukraine, and The Warehouse Dallas (US). His installation “The Cathedral of Human Labor” (2013) is on permanent view at the Verbeke Foundation in Belgium. In 2018, he presented a large installation at Manifesta 12 Palermo, which was followed by a solo exhibition at the Wrocław Contemporary Museum.