Ania Mokrzycka, Vue d'atelier, 2023. Crédit photo: Ania Mokrzycka / ENE

Ania Mokrzycka

Artist / Fall 2023


London-based artist Ania Mokrzycka, whose work is situated at the encounter of human and non-human, of organic and inorganic, is fond of borderline environments. During her stay at Est-Nord-Est, she explored the river’s liminal areas, where saltwater and freshwater mingle. Interested in the materiality of the site, she wanted to work with objects gathered in this borderline environment and with traces of its contamination. The lead and aluminum found in the river’s waters and the clay that absorbs its various contaminants were some of the materials that she used in sculptural elements produced during her stay. In research deeply connected to the site, she created a series of objects made of clay harvested on the shores, aluminum powder from a workshop in the region, and lead objects taken from the studio of her neighbour at ENE, Pierre Bourgault.

Mokrzycka’s research also intersected with Pierre Perreault’s masterful film Pour la suite du monde (1962). In this documentary, the inhabitants of L’Isle-aux-Coudres re-created a traditional hunt for porpoise – another name for the beluga – by fencing the river with long wooden poles. The poles themselves became a motif in Mokrzycka’s experiments, as she wanted to make a moulded-clay version (the clay, deliberately unpurified, cracked, breaking the pole into pieces).

In addition to her sculptural work, Mokrzycka wanted to observe the figure of the river through film. Her explorations led her to visit other places crossed or surrounded by its waters – Saguenay, Bic and Île Verte – to gather 16 mm and Super 8 images, still in rushes at the time she left the centre. With these images of sounds captured on the shores of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, she would like to make a film – and perhaps return to complete it.


Ania Mokrzycka explores threshold environments and corporeality as porous, susceptible to cross-contamination, and entangled in symbiotic relations. Working across moving image, sound, text, ceramics, and performance, she is interested in imagining non-hierarchical narratives and perspectives on the lived experience and interspecies engagements. She holds an MA from the Royal College of Art and a BA from Edinburgh Napier University. She has exhibited internationally and was artist in residence at Nida Art Colony, Lithuania; Trelex Residency, Switzerland; and Joya: arte + ecología, Spain. She has received support from Arts Council England, Responsa Foundation, and Eaton Fund, among others. She co-runs an experimental art research platform, IRRUPTIVE CHORA.