STRANGENESS : AGATA WIECZOREK
Artist Talk, Saturday, 18 August 2019, 2pm
“Tutu smiled, unzipped his head and took it off.” – this words might sound like a fragment of a cheesy horror story. Factually, they quite precisely describe an utmost real situation. The presentation focuses on the latest video and photography-based project, the Fetish of the Image which explores a mysterious, hermetic fetish subculture of Female Masking. The talks explains the structure and the background of the work, highlighting the profound contexts such as the non-binary-ness of identity and gender and social taboos, that are hidden behind the bizarre and seemingly absurd practice.
Agata Wieczorek (1992, PL) is based in Lodz, where she is currently completing her Masters at the National Film School, Photography Directing and TV Realization Department. 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 Kaunas Photography Festival (award nominee), Obscura Festival of Photography, Penang ; Warsaw Photo Days (Grand Prix); Organ Vida Photography Festival, Zagreb, and Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; among others. Alongside her artistic practice, she is also a writer and contributor for Lynx Contemporary.
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