Justyna Werbel

Justyna Werbel works both as an active visual artist and curator. She received her BDes in Industrial Design and is currently perusing her masters in the IAMD program at OCADU. Werbel’s MFA thesis explores sonic awareness by interpreting audio recordings of sonic masses in motion, into large and small scale drawings to create a new way of investigating her drawing practice. She is exploring this practice through inhabiting and becoming sonically aware of her invisible topography, focusing on the body in a space that receives and produces sounds. Werbel transcribes minimally edited mono recordings made using a mobile phone, which documents the everyday experiences of the recordist. The transcriptions are made with tools and materials she has acquired and developed over several years of research and studio based practice. She has both exhibited and presented in Poland, Germany, Israel the Czech Republic, Uruguay, Brazil, India and Canada.

Previously Werbel led the head of the productions department in Poland's newest Centre for Contemporary art TRAFO, where she spearheaded and curated the Plug In Project Room, an experimental space dedicated to supporting both local and international emerging artists.

Werbel has been the recipient of numerous grants, including support from the Adama Mickiewicz Institute, the Polish Institute in New Delhi, the Polish Institute in Tel Aviv as well as the outstanding scholastic achievement grant from the Polonia Centre in Canada.