b. 1939, Poznań, Poland
Łódż-based Józef Robakowski graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at the Milolaj Kopernik University in Torun and the Camera Department of the Film, Television and Theatre State Academy in Łódż. He is a key figure in Eastern European art and one of the leaders of the Polish avant-garde, working with photography, film and video. After co-founding the avant-garde group Zero-61, which was active in Toruń between 1961 – 1969, Robakowski lectured at the Film, Television and Theatre State Academy in Łódż until 1981. He was also co-organiser of the Film Form Workshop and Television Creative Group Station L in Łódż, which produced experimental work in film, picture and sound. Robakowski’s work has been shown at the world’s leading museums and galleries, including Tate Modern, London, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. In 2017, his retrospective Nearer, Further opened at Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato.