Born in London in 1986, Krzysztof Honowski studied English Literature at the University of Cambridge, and completed his postgraduate studies in Art at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) Cologne. He is a doctoral candidate in Art Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
He has presented performances, videos, and exhibitions internationally. These include Kustom Kar Kommandos Karaoke (2015-16) at the Barbican London, Sound Acts Festival Athens, and a.m. London as well as And Now The Screen Is Struck By Lightning (2019-21) at Tropez Berlin and PACT Zollverein. Group presentations include Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, ISSUE New York, and Jewish Museum Berlin.
In 2019 his short film Beasts Of No Nation had its world premiere at the Ruhrtriennale and was selected for the Official German Competition at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2020. Since then it has been shown worldwide as part of the Emerging Artists programme of the German Short Film Association and German Films. A new installation with Laura Sundermann will be presented at Kunstverein Leverkusen in 2022.
In my practice I work to describe the condition of exile. I look at exile as both historical fact and as how people become alienated from their societies and from themselves. The pieces that I make often engage with concrete political moments by working through how these may have already been investigated in historical works of film or performance art. I am interested in how the poetic and artistic strategies of the recent past can be examined anew, often by combining them with contemporary digital prosumer methods and technologies. Through this approach multiple stories and temporalities can take place simultaneously in my work, producing the effect of a displacement. I make an offer to the viewer to join me in decoding, enjoying, and making sense of it.