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Biography

Marta Zgierska, born in 1987, Lublin, Poland. She holds MFA in Photography (The Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School), MA in Theatrology and MA in Journalism (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University). In her artwork she deals with the subject of trauma, liminal experiences and associated tensions. After a serious car accident, her body, physically affected, naturally became a tool for studying reality. In her current works she is stitching painful performative process in colorful sweet aesthetics, taken from the visual code characteristic for the modern beauty industry, to tell about current opression of feminine body. She explores the canons of feminine beauty and undermines the pressure that the contemporary society exerts on the woman’s image. In 2015 she was named one of Lens Culture's Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2016 she won one of the most prestigious photography awards – Prix HSBC pour la Photographie and also Daylight Photo Awards, Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant, FotoLeggendo Giovanni Tabo Prize and Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award. In the same year she was nominated for the ING Unseen Talent Award. Her project "Post" has been published as a book by Actes Sud in 2016. It received the PDN Photo Annual Award (2017). Her works were exhibited at Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki, 2017), International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (Geneva, 2017), Museum Dr. Guislain (Ghent, 2017), Musee de la Photographie Andre Villers (Mougins, 2016), Galerie Esther Woerdehoff (Paris, 2016), Gowen Contemporary Gallery (Geneva, 2016 and 2019), Galerie Intervalle (Paris, 2017 and 2019), Unseen Amsterdam (2017), Artgenève (2019). Her works were presented also during numerous festivals, including Festival Circulation(s) and Athens Photo Festival. In 2018 and 2021 she was nominated for the prestigious Foam Paul Huf Award, in 2019 for the DZ BANK Art Collection Fellowship. In 2019 she was named Artist of the Year at the DongGang International Photo Festival in South Korea. Her works can be found in the collection of HSBC Foundation and in many private collections.

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Education
2020 - PhD in Fine Arts, Doctoral School of Humanities / Institute of Fine Arts, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland?
2009 - 2015 MFA in Photography, The Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School, Lodz, Poland?
2006 - 2011 MA in Polish Philology / Theatrology, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland?
2006 - 2011 MA in Journalism, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland


Upcoming and Curent exhibitions
2021     MIA Photo Fair, Solo show / Gowen Contemporary, Milan, Italy
2021     Garden, Odesa Photo Days Festival, Ukraine
2020     Votive Figure, Photo Israel, Tel-Aviv, Israel
2020     Votive Figure, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Greece
2020     I Do Not Share with Anyone, curator: Adam Mazur, Krakow Photomonth, Poland
2020     Personal Portrait, Wszyscy Jestesmy Fotografami, Promotional Gallery, Warsaw, Poland


Solo exhibitions
2020     Blush, Galerie Sintitulo, Mougins, France
2019     Blush, Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
2019     Artist of the Year, DongGang Museum of Photography, South Korea
2019     Afterbeauty & Votive Figure, Galerie Intervalle, Paris, France
2019     Blush, Biala Gallery, Lublin, Poland
2018     Post, The Fort Institute of Photography, Warsaw, Poland
2017     Post, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland
2017   Post, heART Geneva, International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
2017     Post, Galerie Intervalle, Paris, France
2017     Post, Filter Space Gallery, Chicago, USA
2017     Post, Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Duo-show
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, France
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Musee de la Photographie Andre Villers, Mougins, France
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, L'Arsenal, Metz, France
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Arret sur l'Image Galerie, Bordeaux, France
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Galerie Sintitulo, Mougins, France`

 
Sélection of group show
2020     Photo Basel Berlin Art Fair / Gowen Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2020     Art Paris Art Fair / Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Paris, France (virtual edition)
2020     Photo Basel / Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (virtual edition)
2019     Votive Figure, Galeristes Art Fair / Galerie Intervalle, Paris, France
2019     Afterbeauty, Rituals I: Correlations, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria
2019     Takeover, PGS National Gallery, Sopot, Poland
2019     Votive Figure, Polyptyque / Galerie Intervalle, Marseille, France
2019     Afterbeauty, Artgenève / Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
2018     Post, Galeristes Art Fair / Galerie Intervalle, Paris, France
2018     Identity Issues, Riga Photography Biennial, Latvia
2018     Angst, Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent, Belgium
2018     5 x 2 = 10, Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
2017     Post, Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam / Galerie Intervalle, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2017     Drift, Beirut Art Fair / Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2017     Post, Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere Art Museum, Finland
2016     Post, Festival Circulation(s), Paris, France
2016     Post, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Greece
2016     Post, FotoLeggendo Festival, Rome, Italy
2016     Post, Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal
2016     Post, Bitume Photofest, Lecce, Italy
2016     Celeste Visible White Photo Prize, Fondazione Studio Marangoni Gallery, Florence, Italy
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, PAD Paris, France
2016     Post, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Parcours Saint-Germain, Paris, France
2016     Salon of New Photography, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2015     LensCulture Emerging Talents, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA
2015     Post, Malmo Fotobiennal, Sweden
2015     Post, Poznan Photo Diploma Award, Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France
2015     Post, Poznan Photo Diploma Award, Biennale of Photography in Poznan, Poland
2015     Post, DongGang International Photo Festival, South Korea
2015     Post, Pa-ta-ta Festival, Granada, Spain
2015     Post, Rencontres de Ghar el Melh, Tunisa
2014     Future Condition, Photokina, Cologne, Germany
2014     Estreet, East Poland House in Brussels, Belgium
2014     Eastreet, KD Gallery, Nancy, France
2014     Eastreet, Lublin, Poland
2012     Oskoma, FF / Imaginarium Gallery, Lodz, Poland
2012     TIFF Festival Debuts Section, Wroclaw, Poland
2012     Private Property, TIFF Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
2012     Fashion choc moglo byc inaczej, OFFPiotrkowska, Lodz, Poland
2012     Historie Obecnosci, Fotofestiwal, PWSFTviT, Lodz, Poland
2012     Ostatni Seans, 2b+r Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
2012     Port Praski, MFFM, Jaroslaw, Poland
2011     Ostatni Seans, Fotofestiwal, The Cinematography Museum, Lodz, Poland
2011     Lodz. Widoki poza pamiecia, Skwer, Warsaw, Poland?