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Rafal Zajko, SLOT

Rafal Zajko
July 2022.

Rafał Zajko is a polish artist based in London, UK. His work deals with issues around the industrial past exploring its environmental impact in relation to working-class heritage and queer identities. His sculptural practice incorporates diverse materials and processes, including ceramic, ventilation systems, prosthetics, and performance.

Slot comprises a series of new sculptures and mural works commissioned by Abingdon Studios, establishing the artist’s first solo presentation in the north of England.

Curated by artist and studio director Garth Gratrix.

Review by Ryan Kearney in This is Tomorrow


Rafał Zajko (b. 1988, Białystok, Poland) lives and works in London, UK. He holds an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art, London, UK. Recent solo exhibitions include “Song to the Siren” at Cooke Latham Gallery (2022) Amber Waves at Public Gallery (2021), Resuscitation, Castor Projects, London, UK (2020); We Were Here/My Tu Bylismy, Galeria Im. Slendzinskich, Białystok, Poland (2019); Unputdownable, White Cubicle, London (2018). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including New Contemporaries 2021 and shows at X Museum, Beijing, China (2020); TJ Boulting, London, UK (2020); Bold Tendencies, London, UK (2020); Goswell Rd, Paris, France (2019); Ashes/Ashes, New York, USA (2019); EXILE, Vienna, Austria (2019); Vitrine, Basel, Switzerland (2019); Litost, Prague, Czech Republic (2018); Focal Point Gallery, Southend, UK (2016). His work will be on show at Whitechapel Open 2022. 

image: Rafal Zajko

Rafal Zajko SLOT. Installation View
Rafal Zajko SLOT. Installation ViewS
Rafal Zajko SLOT. Installation View
Slot II (interstice). Glazed stoneware, brushed steel, latex.
Slot I (Crevice). Glazed stoneware, latex.
Prick. Acrylic resin component, pigmented silicone gum, nail, billiard ball.
Currency. Acrylic resin component, terracotta, oxidised copper coin, pigment, nail.
Baster. Acrylic, polymer, pigment, resin, nail.

Commissioned short text by Sam Moore. Download the pdf here