Tomasz Kitliński

Tomasz Kitlinski is a queer feminist (transgender) activist, academic and curator, social activist, cultural analyst, prof. at the Academy of the Arts in Szczecin/in German and Yiddish, Stettin. She defended her diploma of Text and Image under Julia Kristeva; tomek.A has also conducted research under Hélène Cixous, Anne-Emmanuelle Berger, Maria Janion, the feminist curator, Lara Perry, and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She has authored a scholarly-Gothic novel book Obcy jest w nas. Kochać według Julii Kristevej and co-authored an academic-artivist book Love and Democracy: The Queer Question in Poland (with Pawel Leszkowicz), as well as performative books Love.Hate (with Dariusz Fodczuk) and Parallel Lines (with Angus Reid). tomek.A was accused of “offending the Republic of Poland” by the then governor of Lublin and the current régime’s minister of education and science:

She has been responsible for numerous scholarly, artistic, and curatorial texts, published by Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge, New York University Press, Social Research, Art in America, The Advocate, dos yiddische wort, The Gully: Queer Views on Everything, The Morning Star, Curare. Espacio crítico para las artes,andFeminoteka. With Hèlène Cixous, she wrote and circulated a petition for the democratization of Poland and against the 1993 this country’s abortion ban. She has been authoring performance art pieces, open letters, manifestos, and artivist handbills. She invited the feminist and Jewish scholars, Griselda Pollock, Irena Grudzińska-Gross, and Christina von Braun to deliver their lectures at Lublin. She has co-curated exhibitions Healing War through Art, War & Peace, and the OPEN CITY Public Art Festival, which she has named Guest-Otherness/HospitALTERITY With Malgorzata A. Staniewska, Dariusz Fodczuk, and Jaroslaw Suszek, tomek.A published a radical visual-textual magazine Counter Art Review, and joined the editorial board of a progressive Magazyn Sztuki. With Pawel Leszkowicz, she authored and led a free, 10-week webinar “Decolonizing and Democratizing Queer” –  with a hundred Participants from all over the planet — as part of the New University in Exile Consortium courses. For 8 months he hosted war refugees from Ukraine in her Lublin flat, sent a letter to Vladimir Putin and published a New York Times letter to the editor on Ukraine as well as a Morning Star op-ed piece on current Polish government-sponsored deaths and abuses of POC refugees at the Belarus border tomek.A served as Fulbright scholar at the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, New School for Social Research, NYC, and as Marie Curie Actions and Academy in Exile fellow. Her website: