Tusia Dabrowska

Tusia Dabrowska is a Jewish Polish American artist who works at the intersection of storytelling, performance and media. Her collaborations have been seen in the US and internationally, including at AlphaNova (Berlin), EdgeCut, Soft Surplus, Circle1 (Berlin), mhProject, BRIC, The Gibney Dance Theater, Museum of Art and Design, Frequency Fridays at the Fuse Factory (Columbus, OH), Open Source Gallery, The PrintScreen Festival (Tel Aviv), and TAFNY. She is the co-founder of Temp. Files, a video publishing cooperative, online publication, streaming site, and remote residency. Tusia’s writing/translation has appeared in the Nth Position, the Forward, Aish, Vida, and The Vassar Review. Tusia’s translation from Polish of Piotr Pazinski’s prize-winning memoir, The Boarding House, was published in late 2018 by the Dalkey Archive Press. Her time-based work received support from local and international grantmakers, including BAC, the Puffin Foundation, Berlin Capital Fund, and the Asylum Arts.Tusia was the artist in residence at Signal Culture (2017), BRICWorkspace (2017-2018), KonventZero (2019), mhProject Space (2019 and 2020), BRIClab video art (2022-2023), and Wave Hill (2023). She holds degrees from the New School, Trinity College Dublin, and NYU. She teaches courses in media production and video editing at NYU and CUNY.

LABA project description: 

What would a near-future Poland that has a Jewish population of 5 million be like? My Imaginary Friends is a performative encounter that imagines an alternative history of Poland. Transporting participants to the Jewish District in Kraków (Poland), this intervention asks us to imagine an alternative near-future where millions of Jews are living in the country. This project is a collaboration between Tusia Dabrowska and Wiktor Freifled (sound design, digital sculpture), Sara Batkie (selected writing), and Clara Schuhmacher (vocal). The project was conceived and went into development thanks to the support from the Asylum Arts.

What Taboo would you like to break? 

the ones that fail to recognize truth claims in imagination