HYSTERA / dr alicja pawluczuk
Alicja Pawluczuk is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher whose practice blends the fields of art, education and academia. She is a digital inequalities researcher at the University of Leeds's INCLUDE+ Network (led by Prof Helen Thorne), where she leads an artivism research project titled, "endo-violence temporalities: exploring digital [in]visibilities". She is a founder of the Endo Violence Magazyn. With extensive experience in digital inequality and participatory digital justice education programs, she seamlessly merges her expertise to create innovative, people-centred, and thought-provoking works. Her artistic practice explores the interplay between research and creative interventions for social change. Adopting participatory, decolonial, intersectional and experimental approaches, she aims to create spaces, communities and artworks that challenge conventional boundaries and spark meaningful conversations. Her works possess an undeniable kitsch dynamism, but more importantly, they embody a powerful sense of hysteria. Through its unique form of hysterical artivism, HYSTERA strives to shine a light on the collective and often invisible suffering caused by centuries of medical misogyny and the persistent health gap, gender health. In her works, HYSTERA explores in depth her intersecting identities as a technology researcher, feminist, migrant, disabled activist and artist. By grounding these identities in a broader socio-technological context, she uncovers complex layers of societal dynamics, power structures and the complexity of lived experiences.