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Agata Wieczorek (1992, PL) is based in Lodz, where she is currently completing her Masters at the National Film School. She previously graduated with honors from Strzeminski Art Academy in Lodz, where she studied graphic arts and painting. Wieczorek’s practice combines film, photography, and animation. She incorporates both documentary and studio-based approaches. For her work, she often enters hermetic environments and works with socially marginalized groups in order to explore uncommon understandings of identity, self, and gender. Her work has been exhibited and awarded internationally, including at Obscura Festival of Photography, Penang; Warsaw Photo Days (Grand Prix); Organ Vida International Photography Festival, Zagreb, Finnish Musuem of Photography, Helsinki; Capa Center for Contemporary Photography, Budapest; among others. She is Parallel - European Photo-Based Platform 2nd Cycle New Artists Laureate. Alongside her artistic practice, she is also a writer and contributor for Lynx Contemporary art magazine.

STATEMENT

In my work, I research the construct of non-binaryness and the current shifts in the Western culture relating to non-binary perception of identity, especially in context of gender and queer. Although I am focused on individuals and their human experience of “otherness”, “strangeness” and – in the result – social marginalization, I research the subject in broader perspectives of politics, relation between neoliberalism and gay identity, consumption and queer capitalism.

While my work is rooted in both documentary and studio-based approaches, I treat photography and film as tools that enable me to enter and work with socially marginalized groups in order to explore and share their experiences and understanding of identity, self and gender that do not fit the common political and social structures.

Education

11.2017 – 11.2019.    The National Film School in Lodz
            Direction of Photography and TV Production Department
            Master Degree programme

11.2011 – 09.2016     MFA with distinction
            Strzemiński Academy of Art in Lodz
            Graphics and Painting Department
            Long Cycle Master Degree programme
03.2015 – 06.2015     École Nationale Supérieure d’art de Dijon
            Erasmus+ Scholarship

Professional experience

 

06.2018 – present            Lynx Contemporary art magazine, Writer

11.2017 – present            Rynek i Sztuka (Art & Market) art magazine, Writer

09.2017 – 01.2018           Warsaw Museum, collection’s digitalisation sector, Photographer

07. – 08.2015                   SFUMATO Studio of theatre and film scenic set design Valencia, Spain – Intern

08.2013 – present            International Lodz Tango Salon Festival – Graphic designer

Solo shows

Balucka Gallery, Homo Absurdus, Lodz, PL, 2018

Obok Gallery, Making Of, Warsaw, PL, 2017

 

Group shows / publications:

Les Boutographies - Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier, Montpellier FR, (upcoming, May 2020)

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, JP, (upcoming, May 2020)

HELLERAU Photography Award, Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, DE, ( February 2020)

Lynx Contemporary Magazine, Young Lynxes Award: Portfolio, 2019
Parallel Review, Lisbon, PRT, 2019

The Wrong Biennale, Prosthesis, Belgrade, SRB, 2019

Forum 50: Der Greif, Public / Private, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, DE, 2019
Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Zeitgeist, Budapest, HU, 2019
Interphoto Festival, Against the grain, Białystok, PL, 2019
FK Magazine, Second Skin, publication, 2019

Kaunas Photo Festival, Digital, Virtual, Real, Kaunas, LT

TIFF Festival, Worlds, Wroclaw, PL

DER GREIF issue 12, Blame the Algorithm, publication

Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, PARALLEL Intersection, Budapest, HU, 2019

OBSCURA Festival, Subculture, George Town, MY, 2019

SURVIVAL Festival, Concealed, Wroclaw, PL, 2019

Finnish Museum of Photography, Out of sight: Picturing the unseen, Helsinki, FI, 2019

ZONA Sztuki Aktualnej, Masochistki, Szczecin, PL, 2019

Rathaus Reinickendorf, Function/Anomy, Berlin, DE, 2019

Warsaw Photo Days: Manipulation, Simfonia Varsovia, Warsaw, PL, 2018

GESTE Paris, Binary/Non-Binary, Paris, FR, 2018

Der Greif: Guest Room, online exhibition curated by Monica Allende, Der Greif, 2018

Organ Vida Festival, Parallel IInd Cycle Showcase, Zagreb, HR, 2018

Punkt Odbioru Sztuki, Picture Bride, Lodz, PL, 2018

Marek Edelman Centre of Dialogue, There are no children, there are people. Children's rights are human rights, Lodz, PL, 2017

Contemporary Art Center, Wystaw się w CSW!, Torun, PL, 2017

Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Art Schools Vol. 4, Dresden, DE, 2015

Museum Prahova, The Iosif Iser Xth International Contemporary Engraving Biennale, Prahova, RU, 2014

Awards


2019

Les Boutographies - Rencontres Photographiques de Montpellier, Official Selection

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts - Young Portfolio competition, (Kiyosato, JP), Laureate
                                                                ( & acquisition of works by the musuem)

HELLERAU Photography Award, Dresden, DE, Finalist
Kaunas Photo Star Award, (Kaunas, LT), Nominee

DER GREIF iss.12 Blame the Algorithm: curated by Bloomberg & Chanarin, Selected artist

Kaunas Photo Star Award, (Kaunas, LT), Finalist

TIFF Festival, (Wroclaw, PL), Finalist

Young Lynxes Prize, Lynx Contemporary Magazine, Award winner

Polish Culture Around the World, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, grant holder

DER GREIF issue 12, Blame the Algorithm, Selected artist, publication

Getxophoto Festival (Bilbao, ESP), Finalist

SURVIVAL Art Review (Wroclaw, PL), Selected artist

OBSCURA Festival of Photography (George Town, Penang, MY), Selected artist

Young Artist Award, stipend by the Province Marshal for young Polish artists, Scholarship holder

JEST Galeria: Hot Spot Open call (Wroclaw, PL), Selected Artist

Intermission: Function/Anomy (Berlin, DE), Selected Artist

2018

Warsaw Photo Days, Grand Prix

Der Greif: Guest Room: Monica Allende, Laureate/Selected Artist

Binary/Non-Binary open-call by GESTE Paris, Laureate/Selected Artist

PARALLEL European Photo-Based Platform, 2nd Cycle Selected Artists and Curators, Laureate/New Artist

Young Artist Award, stipend by the Province Marshal for young polish artists, Scholarship holder

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