Designer, educator and culture manager who uses artistic tools to integrate communities and introduce social change. She believes that pulling people out of their everyday routine, breaking stereotypes and continued work with a single community brings about real social changes.
Rutkowska conducts performative research. She designs interactive objects in order to catalyse the energy of a given community, and then cooperates with them for permanent transformation of spaces. She co-creates playgrounds with children, and backyards with residents. She specialises in education as a process, by getting interdisciplinary groups of students involved in field activities. Later they implement independent projects connected to the experience acquired during these activities.
Founder of the Forms and Shapes Foundation and the School of Practical Sciences. Soon, the fruit of her months-long projects will be presented at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and at one of the most interesting art institutions in Spain, Intermediae Matadero Madrid. She is the first Polish artist to collaborate with the legendary Czech company FATRA, famous for the toys designed by the world-renowned Libuše Niklová.
She was born in Kałdus, a 200-citizen village in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship. At the collegiate level she took courses in journalism, social communication, Latin American cultural studies and fashion design. From 2015, she has implemented the “All Residents’ Backyard” project in Wrocław, in course of which she directed her first film, of the same title, based on her work with the community. She collaborates with municipal governments and art institutions in Poland and abroad. She conducts educational events and classes for numerous non-governmental organizations and community centers. Results of her work were presented at MAMBO Museum of Modern Art in Bologna, Burle Marx Park in São Paulo, Stromovka Park in Prague, National Gallery in Jakarta, Zachęta – National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Copernicus Science Center, and other institutions. She also worked with the Polish Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the National Audiovisual Institute, as well as municipal governments and numerous NGOs.