THE 12TH RPS GRANTEE MARTA ZGIERSKA
We are pleased to announce that Marta Zgierska’s “Post” has been selected as 12th Reminders Photography Stronghold Grantee. She was selected amongst 2015 December deadline submissions by our five commissioned reviewers, Peggy Sue Amison, Svetlana Bachevanova, Andrei Polikanov, Staten Winter and Michael Dooney Congratulations!
We are now scheduling her exhibition, more news later!
In 2013, I survived a serious car accident. I was close to death, and reality – one that I had been adapting to with difficulty – slipped through my fingers. This misfortune brought about another: surgeries, months of physical limitations, a breakup, and the return and aggravation of anxiety neurosis.
Not long before the accident, I had found in my family home a teacher’s descriptive feedback from the time I was a seven-year-old, exemplary student. I am still one in my adult life. However, despite the opinion of others, my limitations, shame and anxiety are still teeming inside me. I started taking the first photographs as a way of incantation of fear in an aesthetic image. The accident brought my work to a halt. My mind was filling up with fragmentary memories, and sharp, detached details. My own physicality and pain became a source of images that felt more and more substantial and bodily as time passed.
“Post” is a project about trauma, frozen in dead greyness, silence and tension. Everyone can find their own punctures here – exhausting dreams, fears, obsessions. An individual way of discovering a twin traumatic memory in another person, “Post” is an attempt at intimate contact which closes the past non-experience in the present.
About Marta Zgierska:
Marta Zgierska was born 1987, in Lublin, Poland. She holds MFA in Photography (The Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theatre School), MA in Theatrology and MA in Journalism. She lives in Warsaw, where she developed her artistic projects. She is interested in trauma studies and a process of withdrawal. Her work was exhibited at Photokina (Cologne, Germany), Malmö Fotobiennal (Sweden), Fotofestiwal (Lodz, Poland), DongGang International Photo Festival (Yeongwol, South Korea), TIFF Festival (Wroclaw, Poland). Her series “Post” has been selected for the Circulation(s) Festival in Paris presenting most interesting young photographers from Europe. 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.