Dorota Jagoda Michalska

Dorota Jagoda Michalska is an art researcher, critic, and writer based in Oxford and Warsaw. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Oxford, she is writing a dissertation on experiences of race, coloniality, and subordination in modern and contemporary art in Poland. Between 2013 and 2015, she was an assistant researcher at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Her writings have appeared in a number of art journals, including ARTMargins, L’Internationale, Afterall, and Kajet Journal. She has also written essays for the Venice Biennale (2019), the Biennale Matter of Art in Prague (2022), the Zachęta National Gallery in Warsaw and Tate Modern, London (2023).


Where the Lightnings Have Their Palace: Erna Rosenstein and Global Surrealisms

In this text, Dorota Jagoda Michalska writes about Erna Rosenstein (1913–2004), a Jewish Polish postwar artist. Michalska opens up a transnational perspective, inviting us to look at the artist’s oeuvre through the lens of global surrealisms, connecting her articulations of Holocaust trauma with the work of artists who have dealt with slavery, genocide, exile, and colonial dispossession.