Rafał Pierzyński


In the times of global confinement and collapse, Rafał Pierzynski's work takes a whole new dimension. Based in Zürich, the performer and collage artist explores touching as a primordial modality of being in the world, a vector that transcends the separation between the body and the mind. It is essential to love, care, and the deconstruction of the naturality of our representations of our bodies. For Pierzyński, touching is even fundamental to our survival.~ La Fête Du Slip 2020

His works take shape of queer performances and collages in the frame of DIVAS - a collaboration they started with Aga Pedziwiatr, as well as his independent artistic practice. 

He studied (BA)Stage Dance and (BA)Movement Studies and Performance (Dance Education) at the Institute of Dance Arts in Linz. There he also earned MA diploma with the practical research and the thesis titled "Embodied Communication - attending to the modes of touch". Touching is the main topic of his research and projects.
He shared his practice as a workshop, among others: during SDC residency in Madrid and Casablanca, S.T.R.E.T.C.H. Festival in Berlin, and at the university in Linz.
He gained experience working for Cie. Off Verticality and Rose Breuss; Virgilio Sieni Company; Daniel Hellmann; Elena Giannotti and most recently Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Ania Nowak, Ewa Dziarnowska, Isabel Lewis and Alexandra Pirici. 


in 2017/2018 He’s been a resident at Esther Eppstein’s Message Salon in Zurich (http://messagesalon.ch/), where at his temporary studio he focused on performing with DIVAS, making collage work. There he also released a zine called Touching.  

He was a resident of the Solo Project Plus 2019 program now at Stary Browar Nowy Taniec -  a performative program of the Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk, run in Stary Browar, Poznań, Poland where with Agata Grabowska, he's created his performance 'Losing the Form in Darkness'.

In collaboration with Backslash Festival 2019, Gessnerallee Zürich he's produced 'Touching (is electric)' - an interactive treatment-performance.

In April 2020 Pierzyński was the artist in residency at KULTURFOLGER Zürich where he created a text and a video.

He received DanceWEB scholarship in 2020 which got postponed to summer 2021 due to the CORONA pandemic.