Born in Kraków, Poland, Agnieszka Gratza is a writer and drifter. Her writing about art, performance and film has featured in frieze, ArtReview, Artforum, Flash Art, Mousse, Metropolis M, KUNSTforum, The Calvert Journal, PAJ, Sight & Sound, The Quietus, The White Review, the New Statesman, the Financial Times, the Guardian, and The Observer. A lapsed academic, she has also published articles on the subject of Renaissance intellectual and cultural history while researching and teaching at the universities of Oxford, Edinburgh and Queen Mary, London.
Her more creative writing often stems from live art and performance: she has collected dreams and staged tableaux vivants of the Annunciation during a residency at the Gershwin Hotel in New York, made a series of edible artworks using saffron in collaboration with local chefs, and taken part in Tino Sehgal’s These associations at Tate Modern in 2012 as well as This progress and This objective at the Palais de Tokyo in 2016. More recently, she has been chasing after volcanoes (from Santorini to São Miguel in the Azores) for a book of volcanic swims.
Conversation Pieces brings together articles and essays that have appeared in various publications both in print and online.