“Pawsome Posters” – exhibition of Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka’s posters
The posters showcased at the exhibition are diverse, representing various events and carrying different messages. However, they all share a common trait – manual craftsmanship. Each poster bears the trace of a tool and even deliberate clumsiness, which adds to their unique expression. The posters are a result of putting one’s best paw, forward, as it were, skilful gestures that convey the intended message, ensuring that not a single drop of expression goes to waste. The power of expression is fully utilised to serve the conveyed slogan. These joyful and energetic images invite us to dive headfirst, paws and all, into their world.
Dominika Czerniak-Chojnacka, also known as czerniakzły, is a talented illustrator and poster artist born in 1990. She currently works as an assistant professor at the Publishing Illustration Studio of the University of the Arts in Poznań, where she graduated with honours in 2014. In 2016, she earned a master’s degree in ethnology and cultural anthropology from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, and in 2018, she completed her Ph.D. in fine arts. Dominika is the creator and coordinator of the nationwide project „Regał/ Bookshelf – encounters with author’s books,” which promotes the art of „unpublished books.” She also conducts visual arts workshops for children and young people and collaborates with various publishers, including Dwie Siostry, Albus, Egmont, and Babaryba, as well as numerous cultural institutions. Dominika has received several awards and recognitions for her work, including a scholarship from the Minister of Culture under the „Young Poland” programme in 2020, administered by the National Centre for Culture. In 2019, she was awarded a distinction in the prestigious international competition BolognaRagazzi Award for her children’s book „Kominiarz/Piekarz” (Chimney Sweep/Baker). She has also been a finalist and laureate in numerous international and national poster retrospectives. Notably, she received 3rd prize at the 17th Bienal Internacional del Cartel en México 2022 and took 2nd place at the Biennial of Poster Bolivia BICeBé 2020.
Online portfolio www.behance.net/czerniakzly
When: 6–9 July 2023, 10.00–18.00
Where: Workshops of Culture in Lublin, Grodzka 7 – ground floor