Joanna Fuczko

(b. 1993, lives in Zielona Góra) is a graphic artist and animator, graduate of the Institute of Visual Arts of the University of Zielona Góra. She works as an assistant at a graphic design studio. Co-founder and member of PRABABA, a band performing traditional Slavic songs in modern folk arrangements. Fuczko has Lemko roots, which often manifest in her work.

Exemplar, 2017, film, 2’50”, courtesy of the artist

Fuczko returns to folk culture, a culture dependent on and connected with the rhythm and cycles of nature. Finding inspiration in early music, she analyzes traditional Lemko, Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Serbian songs to discover emotional stories communicating folk wisdoms or warnings. She then transposes the lyrics to black-and-white paintings, performing their authorial interpretation. Fuczko’s works draw upon the myth of the simplicity of old life, the need to return to one’s roots.


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