Marta Zgierska

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 working with the body. In her current works she explores the canons of feminine beauty and undermines the pressure that the contemporary society exerts on the woman’s image. She brings a personal touch to the motives undertaken, often placing herself in the role of the object of performance. 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), 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 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.

EDUCATION

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019     Blush, Gowen Contemporary Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (September 27 - November 17)
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

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

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

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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
2010     Come On! Come Closer, Osrodek Propagandy Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

SELECTED SCREENINGS

2016     Post, Verzasca Foto Festival, Sonogno, Switzerland
2016     Post, Nuit de l’Annee, Les Rencontres d'Arles, France
2016     Post, Photonic Moments Month of Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2016     Post, The Smell Of Dust III
2015     Post, Landskrona Fotofestival, Sweden
2015     Post, Photo Kathmandu Festival, Nepal

AWARDS

2019     DZ BANK Art Collection Fellowship, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (nominated)
2019     Artist of the Year, DongGang International Photo Festival, South Korea (winner)
2019     Bourse du Talent, Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris, France (finalist)
2019     Hariban Award, Kyoto, Japan (shortlisted)
2018     Foam Paul Huf Award, Amsterdam, Netherlands (nominated)
2018     Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship, Los Angeles, USA (shortlisted)
2018     International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa, The Silence Award, Krasnodar, Russia (2nd place winner)
2017     PDN Photo Annual, Photo Books, New York, USA (winner)
2016     Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, Paris, France (winner)
2016     Daylight Photo Awards, USA (winner)
2016     ING Unseen Talent Award, Amsterdam, Netherlands (nominated)
2016     FotoLeggendo Giovanni Tabo Prize, Rome, Italy (winner)
2016     Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award, Best Conceptual Photo Project, Georgia (winner)
2016     International Photography Award Emergentes dst, Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival,
              Braga, Portugal (finalist)
2016     Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival, Discovery Award Under 30, Braga, Portugal (finalist)
2016     Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2015 - 2016, European Month of Photography,
              Bratislava, Slovakia (honorable mention)
2016     Celeste Visible White Photo Prize, Florence, Italy (finalist)
2016     Latent, Rome, Italy (shortlisted)
2016     Nera di Verzasca Award, Verzasca Foto Festival, Sonogno, Switzerland (finalist)
2016     Photonic Moments Month of Photography, Evening Projections, Ljubljana, Slovenia (winner)
2016     Young Talents of Image: Storytelling, FP Magazine, Milan, Italy (honorable mention)
2015     LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards, Amsterdam, Netherlands (winner)
2015     Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship, Los Angeles, USA (shortlisted)
2015     Vevey International Photo Award, Switzerland (shortlisted)
2015     Guernsey Photography Festival International Competition (shortlisted)
2015     Poznan Photo Diploma Award, Poland (finalist)
2015     Przetwornia Project, expert: Rafal Milach, Cracow, Poland (finalist)
2012     International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA (honorable mentions x3)
2012     TIFF Festival, Debuts Section, Wroclaw, Poland (winner)
2012     MFFM Festival, Jaroslaw, Poland (winner)
2010     International Photography Awards, Los Angeles, USA (honorable mention)
2010     Portrait Empik Photo, Poland (special award)
2010     Grand Press Photo, Warsaw, Poland (finalist)

GRANTS / RESIDENCES / SCHOLARSHIPS

2019     Mazovia Creative Award, Warsaw, Poland
2019     CreArt Residency, Kaunas, Lithuania
2019     Within the Frame of Sopot Residency, Sopot, Poland
2018     Grant of the Mayor of the City of Lublin, Poland
2017     Polish Culture Around the World, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, Poland
2016     Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant and Residency, Tokyo, Japan
2016     Photography Grant, Fine Art Category (2nd place winner)
2015     Polish Culture Around the World, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw, Poland

BOOKS

2019     Afterbeauty, Biala Gallery, Lublin, Poland
2016     Post, Actes Sud, Arles, France
2012     Private Property, Instytut Kultury Wizualnej, Warsaw, Poland (collective book)

COLLECTIONS

HSBC Foundation, Paris, France
Private collections

PUBLICATIONS

GUP Magazine, Unseen Magazine, LensCulture, The Eyes, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Fotoroom, Fotografia Magazine, Photoworks, Paper Journal, Fisheye Magazine, De l'air Magazine, Magazyn SZUM, Aspiracje, Arteon, Hunger Magazine, Life Framer, Jungle Magazine, Der Greif, Blow Magazine, Musee Magazine, dienacht, Aint-Bad Magazine, iGNANT, Vostok, This Orient, Thisispaper, Sajinyesul, SMBHmag, F-Stop Magazine, Unless you will
Eastreet (collective book)

TEXTS / INTERVIEWS / REVIEWS / ESSAYS

Review by Carine Bovey, Post tenebras vanitas, “Le Chat Perché”, Geneva, Switzerland, October 2019 [FR]

Text by Petra Noll-Hammerstiel, Rituale I: Korrelationen, “Rituale I: Korrelationen”, Exhibition Catalogue, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria, September 2019 [DE] [EN]

Interview by Amaury Antoine, The sacrifices we make for beauty, “Life Framer”, London, UK, September 2019 [EN]

Interview by Alice Ierace, Colour pop, hot wax and beauty standards according to Marta Zgierska, “Hunger Magazine”, London, UK, August 2019 [EN]

Review by Aleksandra Skrabek, Marta Zgierska’s Blush, “Aspiracje”, Warsaw, Poland, July 2019 [PL]

Text by Kamila Dworniczak, Afterbeauty, “Arteon”, Poznań, Poland, June 2019 [PL]

Review by Bruno Dubreuil, Marta Zgierska, la photographie comme masque du réel, “Viens Voir”, Paris, France, May 2019 [FR] [EN]

Interview by Graziano Ferri, Marta Zgierska Covers Her Body with Wax to Transform Herself into a Votive Figure, “FotoRoom”, Italy, May 2019 [EN]

Interview by Guillaume du Mesgnil d’Engente, Regard sur le culte de la beauté avec la photographe Marta Zgierska, “Les Numériques”, Paris, France, May 2019 [FR]

Essay by Iwona Kurz, Post pictura. Photo-bio-graphy, in: Marta Zgierska, Afterbeauty, Monograph, Biala Gallery, Lublin, Poland, February 2019 [PL] [EN]

Essay by Zofia Krawiec, What is left after beauty?, in: Marta Zgierska, Afterbeauty, Monograph, Biala Gallery, Lublin, Poland, February 2019 [PL] [EN]

Text by Laura Gowen, artgenève, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland, January 2019 [FR] [EN]

Text by Michał Dąbrowski, From the Post series – Marta Zgierska, “Culture.pl”, Warsaw, Poland, November 2018 [PL] [EN]

Review by Joanna Kinowska, Post, czyli co?, “Przekrój”, Warsaw, Poland, March 2018 [PL]

Text by Adam Mazur, Post, curatorial text, The Fort Institute of Photography, Warsaw, Poland, February 2018 [PL] [EN]

Text by Sophie Charlotte Hoffmann, Pure gray, the color of resignation and silence. A series by Marta Zgierska, “THIS ORIENT”, Munich, Germany, November 2017 [EN]

Interview by Joanna L. Cresswell, Marta Zgierska, “Unseen Magazine”, Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 2017 [EN]

Text by Andrew Nunes, A near-death experience inspires a haunting photo series, “VICE”, New York, USA, May 2017 [EN]

Text by Erik Vroons, Steamy Windows and Distorted Rearviews – How Photographic Images Can Function in Artist Books, “GUP Magazine”, Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 2017 [EN]

Interview by Marie Moglia, Post ou comment Marta Zgierska raconte sa douleur en images, “Fisheye Magazine”, Paris, France, December 2016 [FR]

Interview by Alexandra Lethbridge, Ideas on Talent: Marta Zgierska, “Photoworks”, Brighton, UK, November 2016 [EN]

Text by Emma Bourne, Grey… It’s a very sad colour. It’s the colour of resigning. Of silence, “Jungle Magazine”, London, UK, November 2016 [EN]

Essay by Christian Caujolle, Post, in: Marta Zgierska, Post, Monograph, Actes Sud, Arles, France, July 2016 [FR] [EN]

Text by Darren Campion, Marta Zgierska, “Paper Journal”, London, UK, July 2016 [EN]

Interview by Anne Rosenberg, Framing Fears: An Interview With Marta Zgierska, “GUP Magazine”, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 2016 [EN]

Text by Diane Dufour, Photographie Sans Titre issue de la série Post de Marta Zgierska, “L'Oeil de la Photographie”, Paris, France, May 2016 [FR] [EN]

Interview by Graziano Ferri, Post – Marta Zgierska Puts in Pictures the Impact of Traumatic Events, “FotoRoom”, Italy, April 2016 [EN]

Interview by Monika Szewczyk-Wittek, Marta Zgierska – projekt bardzo osobisty, “Fotopolis”, Warsaw, Poland, April 2016 [PL]

Interview by Ericka Weidmann, Prix HSBC pour la Photographie 2016: Interview de Marta Zgierska, “L'Oeil de la Photographie”, Paris, France, February 2016 [FR] [EN]

Text by Diane Dufour, Post, Artistic Advisor of the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie,
Paris, France, February 2016 [FR] [EN]

Text by Enrico Bossan, Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant, Reminders Photography Stronghold Grant reviewer, on Marta Zgierska, the 12th RPS Grantee, Tokyo, Japan, February 2016 [EN]