Jan Simon

Born in 1977. A conceptual artist, curator and a wannabe documentary filmmaker based in Warsaw. His main source of inspiration is curiosity. On a more concrete level he is inspired by travel, history of science and political ideas, and the practice and ethics of the DIY culture, always filtering the theories through his personal experience though. In recent years he developed a body of work investigating notions of distance and difference between places, working on projects that try to remap semi-peripherial position of Eastern Europe through geographical experiments. He had been running an ephemeral project space called Goldex Poldex in Krakow between 2008 and 2012. The space’s programme dealt with issues of autonomy and it’s contemporary meaning, the influence of funding bodies on artistic production and politics of presentation of marginalised positions in the art system.  He started developing large scale conceptual projects that are made public through documentary films in recent years. The first one “Mission Auropol” which tells the story of a group of polish artist working on an exhibition in an utopian community in India is in last stages of postproduction. His works was shown, among others, at Manifesta 7, Liverpool Biennale, Prague Biennale, and numerous solo shows in major public art institutions in Poland and elsewhere (Arnolfini Bristol, Casino Luxembourg, Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and others).