Exhibition on view: May 5-27, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, May, 6-9pm
Filter Photo is pleased to announce Post, a solo exhibition featuring the photography of Marta Zgierska. In 2013, Zgierska survived a serious car accident. She writes, “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. The accident brought my photographic 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.
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 (Marie Curie-Sklodowska University). She is a visual artist working at the intersection of art and science. She is interested in trauma studies, liminal experience and a process of withdrawal. She often sets up as her subject, deepening the intimate aspect of personal photography. Her work has been exhibited at Esther Woerdehoff Gallery (Paris, France), Gowen Contemporary Gallery (Geneva, Switzerland), Maison de la Photographie (Lille, France), Musee de la Photographie Andre Villers (Mougins, France), Festival Circulation(s) (Paris, France), Athens Photo Festival (Greece), Malmo Fotobiennal (Sweden). In 2015 she was named one of Lens Culture’s Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2016, she won the 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. Actes Sud published her project, Post, as a book in 2016.
Copies of Marta’s book, Post, will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition.
Filter Photo is proud to acknowledge the support of the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation and a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events in producing this exhibition.
Top image: © Marta Zgierska