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I always imagined I would become either a translator, writer, or artist, and I guess how I understand curating takes a bit from all of these disciplines. I am particularly affected by the narrative, time-based dimension in art. In my current work, I aim to integrate writing and curating, often thinking from or through specific textual practices, most recently, non-linear storytelling, genre hybridity, and embodied writing. I try to cultivate a particular ecology of practice, placing importance on long-term engagement, dialogical processes, and collaborative research, and searching for curatorial contexts that support this type of work. I attach great value to self-organisation and explore its potential as well as limitations as a member and co-founder of several bottom-up initiatives.


As an inde­pen­dent cura­tor and wri­ter, Alicja Melzacka has col­la­bo­ra­ted with artists and insti­tu­ti­ons in Belgium, Netherlands and beyond. Recent pro­jects inclu­de the solo exhi­bi­ti­on ​‘Close Contact’ with Dominik Ritszel at Szara Gallery in Warsaw, the group exhi­bi­ti­on ​‘Proxemities’ at La Box, Bourges (co-cura­ted with Patricia Couvet), and ​‘Hypertext Hotel’ at SB34 in Brussels, which con­cei­ved of an exhi­bi­ti­on as a work of inter­ac­ti­ve fiction.

Her texts have accom­pa­nied mul­ti­ple exhi­bi­ti­ons and appe­a­red in artists’ books, cata­lo­gues and art press; some publis­hers inclu­de HART, KAJET Journal, BLOK Magazine, Onomatopee, Fantôme Verlag, MER Paper Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Wien. She is a co-foun­der of pro­ject spa­ce celad­or in Brussels and a board mem­ber of SB34 (Brussels) and B32 (Maastricht).

From 2019 to 2023, she wor­ked at Jester (for­mer­ly CIAP and FLACC) in Hasselt and Genk, whe­re she sup­por­ted artists throug­hout their resi­d­en­cy pro­jects and cura­ted solo exhi­bi­ti­ons with Beny Wagner & Sasha Litvintseva, Marina Sula, Marianne Berenhaut, and Alexis Gautier. She was one of the coo­r­di­na­tors of the bian­nu­al artists’ books fair co-orga­ni­sed by Jester, KRIEG, and Oda Park.

She holds a dou­ble Bachelor’s degree in Art History as well as Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies from the University of Gdansk (2011−2015) and a Master’s degree in Arts and Heritage: Policy Management and Education from Maastricht University (2015−2016). In 2019, she com­ple­ted a post­gra­du­a­te pro­gram­me in Curatorial Studies at KASK School of Arts and Conservatorium in Ghent.