Bio / Statement

Bio

Agata Wieczorek (1992, PL)
Wieczorek’s practice combines film and photography while moving between constructed documentary and documented fiction.
She frequently operates with concealment and visibility, by entering and working with hermetic industries and socially marginalized groups in order to explore unexposed production and consumption of cultural “fetishes” — artefacts that represent the tabooed desires and utopian endeavors with reference to the body, gender and identity.
Her works have been exhibited and awarded internationally, including the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; Capa Center of Contemporary Photography, Budapest; Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (works in collection), Japan; among others.
She is the Parallel European Photo-Based Platform 2nd Cycle Laureate in New Artist category and HELLERAU Photography 2020 – Center for Contemporary Arts Residency Award winner.
She currently studies at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. She previously graduated from the National Film School in Lodz, Poland (Master degree with distinction, Direction of Photography), and from the Strzeminski Art Academy in Lodz (MFA with distinction), where she studied traditional techniques: painting and fine art printing.

Statement

Exceeding norms and acting beyond visibility almost always foretells significant shifts or even revolutions. I was influenced by artists such as Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin – though my practice is not limited to photography, while the way I use this medium is probably more conceptual, post-modern and more concerned with anthropological, economic perspectives. Yet, my intention is the same as the mentioned photographers: to bring what is concealed, towards visibility.
I am particularly interested in unexposed production and consumption of objectified bodies. My work explores how these processes intertwine with technology and capitalist economy, as well as with socio-political taboos related to the body and its carnality: sexuality and death.

Education

10.2020 – present

Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, FR

11.2017 – 07.2020

Master Degree with Distinctiom
The National Film, Television and Theater School in Lodz, PL
Direction of Photography and TV Production Department

11.2011 – 09.2016

Master of Fine Arts degree with Distinction
The Strzemiński Academy of Art in Lodz, PL
Graphics and Painting Department
Long Cycle Master Degree program

03.2015 – 06.2015

École Nationale Supérieure d’art de Dijon
Erasmus+ Scholarship

Awards & Grants

2020

  • K*MoPA – Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) — Laureate
  • HELLERAU Photography Award —  Award winner (Hellerau Residency Award)
  • Polish Culture Around the World, Adam Mickiewicz Institute Grant holder

2019

  • K*MoPA – Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts (Japan) — Laureate
  • Les Boutographies rencontres photographiques — Laureate (official selection)
  • Kaunas Photo Festival   Award nominee
  • TIFF Photography Festival   Special mention
  • Young Lynxes Prize, Lynx Contemporary Magazine — Award winner
  • Polish Culture Around the World, Adam Mickiewicz Institute — Grant holder
  • Blame the Algorithm, DER GREIF open selection —  Laureate / Selected artist
  • GETXOPHOTO Festival of Photography —  Finalist
  • SURVIVAL Art Review — Laureate (official selection)
  • OBSCURA Festival of Photography — Laureate (official selection)
  • Young Artist Award, stipend by the Province Marshal — Grant holder
  • Function/Anomy, Intermission open selection: Selected Artist

2018

  • Warsaw Photo Days International Festival Grand Prix
  • DER GREIF: Guest Room by Monica Allende open selection — Selected Artist
  • GESTE Paris: Binary/Non-Binary  Laureate / Selected Artist
  • PARALLEL European Photo-Based Platform: New Artist  Laureate
  • Young Artist Award, stipend by the Province Marshal — Grant holder

Residences

2020

  • HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, DE, (upcomnig, 2021)

Solo shows

2020

  • HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Fetish of the Image, Dresden, DE, 2020
  • Szklarnia Gallery, Second Skin, Lodz, PL (upcoming, 2021)

2018

  • Balucka Gallery, Homo Absurdus, Lodz, PL

2017

  • Obok Gallery, Making Of, Warsaw, PL

Selected group shows

upcomings

  • PHOTO London – l’étrangère gallery, London, UK (October 2020)
  • Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, JP, (May 2021)
  • Pavillon Populaire, Les Boutographies – rencontres photographiques, Montpellier, FR, (May 2021)

2020

  • HELLERAU Photography Award, Technische Sammlungen, Dresden, DE, 2020

2019

  • The Finnish Museum of Photography, Out of sight: Picturing the unseen, Helsinki, FI
  • Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Zeitgeist, Budapest, HU
  • OBSCURA Festival of Photography, Subculture, George Town, MY
  • Parallel Review, Lisbon, PRT
  • The Wrong Biennale, u10 Art Space, Prosthetic, Belgrade, SRB
  • Münchner Stadtmuseum, Public / Private, Munich, DE
  • Rathaus Reinickendorf, Function/Anomy, Berlin, DE
  • Interphoto Festival, Against the grain, Białystok, PL
  • Kaunas Photo Festival, Digital, virtual, real, Kaunas, LT,
  • TIFF Festival, Worlds, Wroclaw, PL
  • SURVIVAL Art Review, Concealed, Wroclaw, PL
  • ZONA Sztuki Aktualnej, Masochistki, Szczecin, PL

2018

  • Warsaw Photo Days International Festival, Manipulation, Warsaw, PL, 2018
  • GESTE Paris, Binary/Non-Binary, Paris, FR, 2018
  • Organ Vida Festival, Intersection, Zagreb, HR, 2018
  • Punkt Odbioru Sztuki, Picture Bride, Lodz, PL, 2018

Work experience

06.2018 – present
Writer

Lynx Contemporary, art magazine

11.2017 – present
Writer

Rynek i Sztuka (Art & Market), art magazine

09.2017 – 01.2018
Photographer

Museum of Warsaw, collection’s digitisation contract

10. – 12.2016
Photographer

Photographee.eu, stock & commercial photography studio

07. – 08.2015
Intern

SFUMATO, studio of theatre and film set design