Magdalena Zych

Science Communications Coordinator

(Ethnographic Museum in Kraków)


Magdalena Zych is an anthropologist, curator and keeper at the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków. Since 2009 she coordinates research projects and cooperates with artists, activists and academics. She is creating space for critical intervention inside institution based on collections and exhibitions. In her academic works she researches ethnographic collections in Poland in the international perspective.

She was leader of the museum’s research project about urban gardening/ allotments movement in Poland „dzieło-działka” (2009-2012), Polish wedding rituals „Weddings 21”, the reinterpretation of the Siberian collection from the fieldworks and archives (2016-2019), co-curated many exhibitions. She worked as part of the research team of collaborative project: Awkward Objects of Genocide. Vernacular Art on the Holocaust and Ethnographic Museums, developed within the project TRACES: Transmitting Contentious Cultural Heritages with the Arts: From Intervention to Co-Production (Horizon 2020, Reflective Society, 2016-2019), which resulted in the exhibition  Terribly Close: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust at The Ethnographic Museum in Kraków (2018-19). Currently she cooperates in the research project Polish Folk Art and the Holocaust: Perpetrator-Victim-Bystander Memory Transactions in the Polish-German Context (Beethoven, NCN/DFG, Humboldt Univ., with Roma Sendyka and Magdalena Waligórska, 2020-2023).