Illustration - Winner 2008
Sława Harasymowicz is a Polish born artist living and working in London. She was born in Krakow, where she studied philology and translation. Harasymowicz then graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London (2006), and is currently a registered Phd candidate at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design London (2012-).
Harasymowicz references public archives, collections and the family album, creating 'image sets' of drawings, silkscreen prints, photographic images and fragmented, non linear narratives. Deriving from the obscure and uncanny, her work poses questions around history and autobiography and the critical role of images in contemporary artworks that invoke memory.
Harasymowicz has exhibited in the UK and internationally, in group and solo shows and publication projects e.g. Le Gun. She was a member of the jury at the V&A Illustration Awards in 2010, and has had work commissioned by Penguin Books, the Guardian Weekend and BBC Online, and others.
Her recent projects have included Wolf Man, a graphic novel based on Sigmund Freud's case study of Sergei Pankejeff, published by Self Made Hero (London, 2012). She followed this publication with a solo exhibition at the Freud Museum, London (2012), in which she expanded and reinterpreted the case study as an installation (located in Sigmund Freud’s bedroom) proposing a visual exploration of psychoanalytic methods as much as Pankejeff’s story itself.