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Silvia Kolbowski (born 1953 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a New York-based artist working with time-based media, whose scope of address includes questions of historicization, political resistance, and the unconscious. The structures of spectatorship — psychical and political — are a central concern of all her projects. She earned an associate's degree from Franconia College, New Hampshire in 1974. Kolbowski earned her B.S. from Hunter College, graduating magna cum laude in 1980. She was then a fellow for The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies until 1983.
Her work has been exhibited in many international venues and contexts, including The Tapei Biennial, the Villa Arson, Nice, The Whitney Biennial, New York, and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, among others. In addition, she has had one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, The Secession, Vienna, and LAX<>ART.
Kolbowski is on the advisory board of October journal, where she was a co-editor between 1993 and 2000. She has taught at The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, the CCC program of the École Superiéure d'Art Visuel, Geneva, the Architecture Department of Parsons The New School for Design, NY, and the School of Art at The Cooper Union. Kolbowski has lectured widely, and her writings have been included in many publications, including Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Documents, Parachute, and October. She currently writes a blog as an extension of her art practice to another platform (silviakolbowskiblog.com).