Karol Hordziej is a curator, cultural manager, and lecturer. In recent years he has been involved in long-term projects to digitise, develop and distribute work from artists’ archives. He has been the curator of exhibitions including Jerzy Kolecki’s Puppet Theatre, presented at the BWA Gallery in Tarnów (2017), and Jan Dziaczkowski: True and Untrue Stories at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art (2015), and the co-curator of Zofia Rydet: Record, 1978–1990 for the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2015), also presented at the Jeu de Paume in Tours (2016). He produced the zofiarydet.com and wojciechplewinski.com websites, and is presently at work publishing a photobook devoted to Jerzy Kolecki’s set designs, as part of a Young Poland scholarship. In 2004–2013 he was art director of the Krakow Photomonth and member of the board of the Foundation for Visual Arts (2004–2014). He lectures at the Academy of Photography in Krakow and in Warsaw.
“On the one hand, I am interested in simple stories: personal projects, subjects that are intimate to the artists, micro-histories of all kinds. On the other, projects that explore the new capabilities of the medium of photography, or which are geared toward pure visuality: post-photography, new aesthetics, formalism, and so on.”