Im Vorbeigehen II/19: Monika Drożyńska. DWA / FÜNF

The challenges of social distancing and the syntactic and typographical peculiarities of languages are focused by Monika Drożyńska’s exhibition DWA / FÜNF at KU Linz in summer semester 2021. Often to be found in a field of tensions between art, society and politics, Drożyńska’s works are not simply exhibited: Im Vorbeigehen II/19 seeks to ponder the process of creating them and to convey insight into techniques and contexts of her work.

I practice hand embroidery on fabric, which I use as a tool for writing and rewriting. The language I create is like a mongrel. It is mixed with grammar and words that are seemingly incompatible. I like spelling mistakes which I call "versions". Writing a word in several ways is my own version of panta rhei. I write down my scientific research, which I conduct as part of my doctorate in the form of fabric embroidery. In that way, I am introducing a form of writing that never was present before in scientific dissertations. By writing in embroidery, I space out/shoot the masculinity of humanities.
(Monika Drożyńska)

The presentation of Monika Drożyńska’s works at KU Linz focusses on two, partly related topics: The centerpiece is a large format textile work, about 20 meters long, located in the staircase of the new building, which was created especially for this place and the scientific orientation of the university: Pięć [Five]. Like a vertical banner, it reaches from the ceiling down to the cellar and unfolds itself step by step while one climbs the stairs up and down. The hand embroideries thematize the syntactic and typographical peculiarities and their political connotations within the Ukrainian, the German and the Polish language.

The second focus is on pieces from her works Dwa [Two], dealing with the challenges of social distancing, which can be found at different places of both the old and the new building: simple signets communicate with different signs in the house; embroidered and printed textile pieces in the foyer, in the library, and in some lecture halls are connecting Dwa with other contents of meaning; weatherproof flags, attached to windows and arcades as well as to the flagpoles of the terrace, reach into the open air and the urban space.

Accompanying the exhibition, students and lecturers of the private university will have the opportunity to visit up to three workshops, where they will hear about the contexts of Monika Drożyńska’s works, get an insight into embroidery, and even get to design a workpiece themselves – depending on the regulations with more or less corporal distancing.

In cooperation with students from the University of Art and Design in Linz, the process of creating the works, the installations in the indoor and outdoor spaces of the KU Private-University Linz, and the accompanying workshops will be documented on film, presented online, and communicated via social media.

Curated by
Monika Leisch-Kiesl
Franziska Heiß

To visit until the end of September 2021 during the opening hours of the university
(according to corona guidelines).

Folder/Leaflet Im Vorbeigehen II/19 (English/Deutsch/Polski)

Follow the project on Facebook  and Instagram, visit a Virtual Gallery - and watch the NEW VIDEO by Alba Diaz about the project! 


Programme / April - December 2021

Workshop 01 - Embroidery as a Political Activity
Artist talk + Introduction into the techniques of embroidery with Monika Drożyńska
April 20, 2021, 12am–2pm, KU Linz/online
The artist was present. ... read more

Workshop 02
Planning of the workpiece under the direction of the curators Monika Leisch-Kiesl and Franziska Heiß
May 18, 2021, 12am–2pm, KU Linz/online
The artist will attend via video.
For programme & registration ... read more

Workshop 03
Finishing and presentation of the workpiece under the direction of Monika Drożyńska
June 8, 2021, 12am–2pm, KU Linz/online
The artist will attend in person (expected). ... read more

Summer Programme: Guided Tours
In July, August and September there will be guided tours through the exhibition at KU Linz. A team of curators and students will guide you and tell about Monika Drożyńska and her embroidery artworks.

If you want to take part, please register via email to Franziska Heiß (f.heiss[at]!

Tour Dates
Wednesdays, 5 pm (duration 1 h)
July: 7th, 28th // August: 11th, 25th // September: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22th, 29th

Special Event: Tango Y Arte, September 4, 2021
An evening hosted by Monika Leisch-Kiesl as art-expert and Joachim Leisch as DJ.
In a relaxed atmosphere one can enjoy dancing an art at KU Linz.
Folder Tango Y Arte

Lecture of Monika Leisch-Kiesl, accompanied by Monika Drożyńska 
Evoking a Sign | Perceiving an Image. Three Contemporary Ways of Drawing. Toba Khedoori – Arnulf Rainer – Monika Drożyńska, Academy of Fine Arts Krakow, December 17, 2021 [Video]

About the Artist

Monika Drożyńska (*1979) lives and works in Krakow, Poland. She is an artist, designer, performer and activist. Drożyńska works mainly with hand-embroidery and fabrics. Content-wise she is interested in languages and linguistic particularities.

She received a number of awards, such as scholarships from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland and the British Council in London.

Currently, Monika Drożyńska is working on her PhD-project at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow.

Additional information about the artist: web / instagram.


Leitner, Elisabeth, Im Hörsaal und im Freien (Gespräch zum Ausstellungsprojekt mit Monika Leisch-Kiesl), in: KirchenZeitung Diözese Linz Nr. 15/2021 (15.04.2021), 28-29 (online-Ausgabe, 13.04.2021)

Ausstellung: Stickkunst, die Botschaften vermittelt, in: Oberösterreichische Nachrichten Nr. 89 (17.04.2021), 37 (online-Ausgabe, 17.04.2021)

Radiobeitrag "Im Vorbeigehen" (Gestaltung: Isabelle Lagemann), Radio Oberösterreich, 29.04.2021, 18.17-18.20 Uhr

Dwa przez pięć do 30.09.2021 Linz, in: NN6T No. 135 (maj-czerwiec 2021), 34 (online)

Alba Diaz (Prod./Dir.), Video, documenting Dwa / Fünf curated by Monika Leisch-Kiesl and Franziska Heiß at KU Linz, 2022

Seidel, Martin, Monika Drożyńska. Sticken als Konzept und Befreiungstechnik, in: Kunstforum International 292 (Nov.-Dez. 2023), 150-161


Im Vorbeigehen II/19 is supported by

  • Land Oberösterreich
  • Stadt Linz
  • Günter Rombold Privatstiftung

Shortlink of the project

Images/photos: courtesy Monika Drożyńska and Biuro Wystaw / Polish Modern Art Foundation.