Aims and scope of the journal

Elementy. Sztuka i Dizajn is a semi-annual published by the Publishing House of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków in July and February. The title ‘Elementy. Sztuka i Dizajn’ [Elements. Art and Design] refers to fragments of knowledge that we gather adequately to tasks and topics selected by us in the field of visual arts, audiovisual culture and modern humanities. The mutually complementary elements of theoretical knowledge and visual arts intertwine and form a picture of modern culture.

We want to elaborate the issues of connection between the image and the text – correspondence between the visual sphere and the textual sphere, their (non-)complementariness and (un)translatability. We attach great importance to the diversity of languages of expression and interpretation.


• devoted to theoretical elaborations, presentations and inquiries
• publish in-depth analyses of current issues having a varied impact on art and essays extending the context of its understanding
• publish in-depth critique / theoretical, scientific and problem texts with a critical attitude
• deal with problems of modern visual arts against the broad background of modern audiovisual culture.

The primary and reference version of the journal is the electronic version.

The journal publishes articles electronically free of charge according to the Open Access rules on the basis of the Creative Commons copyright licence (CC BY-ND 4.0). For more information, visit: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/.

The journal is exempt from publishing fees. Authors are not required to pay any fees for the submission and publication of their article.

Editorial staff

Magdalena Ujma – art historian and critic, curator of modern art exhibitions and projects. Has a degree in the history of art (Catholic University of Lublin) and culture management (Ecole de Commerce, Dijon). Ran the NN Gallery in Lublin and worked in the Kresy literary quarterly, in the Museum of Art in Łódź and in the Art Bunker Gallery in Kraków. Takes care of the collection in the Cricoteka Centre for the Documentation of Art of Tadeusz Kantor in Kraków. President of the Polish Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

Kinga Nowak – painter, author of spatial objects, works as professor of the Academy of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Painting. Studied at ENSBA in Paris; she was a lecturer at UAL. Co-creates the Platform of Artistic Research and is a member of the editorial staff of Zeszyty Malarstwa. Editor of Wiadomości ASP [‘News from the Academy of Fine Arts’] since 2007. Co-runs the ‘Widna’ space of artistic activities. Has presented her works, e.g., in Cricoteka, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, MODEM, MuFo and the Zachęta gallery.

Jakub Woynarowski – visual artist, curator, designer and illustrator. Graduate and lecturer of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Pursues projects in the field of visual theory and practice. Author of books: e.g., Corpus Delicti (co-written with Kuba Mikurda), Martwy sezon [‘The Dead Season’], November. Author of the artistic concept of an exhibition in the Polish Pavilion during the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014). Winner of the Polityka Passport Award (2015) in the Visual Arts category. Presented his works, e.g., in the Fondazione Memmo in Rome, MeetFactory in Prague and the Museum of National Art in Warsaw.

Michał Zawada – born 1985 in Kraków. Studied art history at the Jagiellonian University in 2004–2009 and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków in the studio of Prof. Andrzej Bednarczyk in 2005–2010. Received a Ph.D. in the arts in 2013 and the degree of habilitated doctor in 2020. Assistant in the 6th Studio of Painting of Prof. Andrzej Bednarczyk since 2012. Scholarship holder of the Republic of Austria (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, 2014–2015). Vice-dean of the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2016–2019). Author of ten solo exhibitions; he took part in a few dozen group exhibitions in Poland and abroad.

Małgorzata Płazowska – Head of the Publishing House of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (since 2017), managing editor of the Wiadomości ASP quarterly and the Elementy. Sztuka i Dizajn journal. Former editor of scientific publications in the WAM Publishing House. Graduate of history and philosophy at the Jagiellonian University (Erasmus scholarship at the University of Freiburg, 2012).

Michał Bratko – born 1979 in Lublin. Graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. In his artistic work, often inspired by typography, he explores the topics of searching for senses within the scope of signs, the reversal of meaning and the sensuality of the word. Runs the Widna gallery (almost 30 projects created to date) with Kinga Nowak (since 2016). Earned a PhD degree at the Faculty of Art of the Pedagogical University of Krakow in 2019.

Michał Pilikowski – Ph.D. in humanities (history). Author of books: Piękna historia. Krakowska Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w latach 1818–1939 [‘Beautiful History. Kraków Academy of Fine Arts in 1918–1939’] and Architekt Akademii. Adolf Szyszko–Bohusz w krakowskiej Akademii Sztuk Pięknych [‘Architect of the Academy. Adolf Szyszko–Bohusz at the Kraków Academy of Fine Arts’] and several articles on history published in Wiadomości ASP. Works in the Publishing House of the Academy of Fine Arts (since 2005). Managing editor of Restart.

Scientific Council

Marek Bartelik

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York (USA)

Agnieszka Taborska

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (USA)