Imagined Poland. Representations of the New Nation State at the Exhibitions of Industry, Craft and Design, 1948–1974
Supervisor: Professor Paul Betts, Dr Mikolaj Kunicki
Katarzyna has recently completed her doctoral thesis in history at the University of Oxford and currently awaits her viva voce examination. Her DPhil, that rests at the crossroads of design studies and cultural history, analyses Cold War exhibitions as sites of international diplomacy. Based on original archival material, both written and visual, and oral interviews this thesis tracks the process of construction of Imagined Poland alongside the development of the design discipline during the three post-war decades. It charts the trajectory of these two narratives and examines their critical reception. In doing so this research casts new light on the relationship between design and political history in the Cold War Europe. By using exhibitions as a framework, this thesis offers a new perspective to study Polish international modernism and subsequently provides an alternative reading of Poland’s relationship with the Soviet Union, the Eastern Bloc and the rest of Europe.
Earlier in 2018 Katarzyna curated an exhibition based on her doctoral research at the Triennale Museum in Milan.
She is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London, where she engages students with contexts, in which design has been produced, consumed and disseminated. In the past, she was a teaching trainee on a social and cultural history module at the University of Oxford.