Gunia Nowik Gallery

Anna Orłowska

Photographer, born in 1986 in Opole, Poland; she also makes objects, testing the boundaries of the medium. The artist uses photography – mainly of architecture and interiors – to unveil the invisible layers of history and their ideological determinants, usually absent in the official narrative. She plays with various conventions, from documentation to staging, revealing hidden myths, legends, and fantasies on the past, and creating new constellations of meaning. Her objects, based on photographic imagery, form a dialogue with this faulty medium. Orłowska treats the medium of photography as an instrument of research on the very notion of knowledge and a possible tool for the work of memory, which are both fragmented by nature. She lives and works in Warsaw.

Images

Anna Orłowska, Servants staircase at Pszczyna Palace (from the Futerał series), 2017, inkjet print on archival paper, 75 x 60 cm

Anna Orłowska, Servants staircase at Pszczyna Palace (from the Futerał series), 2017, inkjet print on archival paper, 75 x 60 cm

Anna Orłowska, Whitewashing, 2018, inkjet print on archival paper, 100 x 80 cm

Anna Orłowska, Whitewashing, 2018, inkjet print on archival paper, 100 x 80 cm

Anna Orłowska, Lady’s bedroom (from the Futerał series), 2018, inkjet print on archival paper, 55 x 70 cm

Anna Orłowska, Lady’s bedroom (from the Futerał series), 2018, inkjet print on archival paper, 55 x 70 cm

Anna Orłowska, Veneer 3, 2020, inkjet print on archival paper, burl veneer on birch plywood frame, 80 x 100 cm, photo: PION Studio

Anna Orłowska, Veneer 3, 2020, inkjet print on archival paper, burl veneer on birch plywood frame, 80 x 100 cm, photo: PION Studio

Anna Orłowska, Flatlets, Gdansk City Gallery, 2020, exhibition view, photo: PION Studio

Anna Orłowska, Flatlets, Gdansk City Gallery, 2020, exhibition view, photo: PION Studio

Anna Orłowska, Flatlets, Gdansk City Gallery, 2020, exhibition view, photo: PION Studio

Anna Orłowska, Flatlets, Gdansk City Gallery, 2020, exhibition view, photo: PION Studio

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, exhibition view, photo: Anna Orłowska

Anna Orłowska, Sankt Anna, solo show at Gunia Nowik Gallery, 2022, exhibition view

Anna Orłowska, Sankt Anna, solo show at Gunia Nowik Gallery, 2022, exhibition view

Anna Orłowska, Sankt Anna, solo show at Gunia Nowik Gallery, 2022, exhibition view

Anna Orłowska, Sankt Anna, solo show at Gunia Nowik Gallery, 2022, exhibition view

Anna Orłowska, Sankt Anna, solo show at Gunia Nowik Gallery, 2022, exhibition view

Anna Orłowska, Sankt Anna, solo show at Gunia Nowik Gallery, 2022, exhibition view

Anna Orłowska, Elena in Johanna’s Wedding Dress, 2022, Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on dibond, wooden frame, museum glass, 120 x 100 cm

Anna Orłowska, Elena in Johanna’s Wedding Dress, 2022, Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on dibond, wooden frame, museum glass, 120 x 100 cm

Anna Orłowska, Fist, 2022, Gelatine silver print, mounted on dibond, ivory wooden frame, museum glass, cotton crochet, unique, 37 x 30 cm

Anna Orłowska, Fist, 2022, Gelatine silver print, mounted on dibond, ivory wooden frame, museum glass, cotton crochet, unique, 37 x 30 cm

Anna Orłowska, Thingplatz I, 2022, Gelatine silver print, mounted on dibond, black wooden frame, museum glass, unique, 61 x 49 cm

Anna Orłowska, Thingplatz I, 2022, Gelatine silver print, mounted on dibond, black wooden frame, museum glass, unique, 61 x 49 cm

Sankt Anna show video walk-through

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Solo exhibitions:

2022
Sankt Anna, Gunia Nowik Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2021
Part of the Part, Tanzmuseum des Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln, Photoszene United 2021, Cologne, Germany

2020
Flatlets, Gdansk City Gallery, Poland

2019
Futerał‚ Galeria Bałucka, Łódź; Miejsce przy miejscu, Wrocław, Poland
Pompier, Muck, Socrococo, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland

2018
Futerał, Wschód, Warsaw, Poland
Whitewashing, Galeria Szara and Silesian Museum, Katowice, Poland

2017
Like a sick eagle (with Mateusz Choróbski), Exile Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Things, Higashikawa Photography Festival, Higashikawa, Japan
Sunday Night Drama, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Belonging(s) (with Peter Puklus), Platan Galeria, Budapest, Hungary

2016
The Loneliness of the Long Distance runner (with Mateusz Choróbski), MANIFESTA, Zurich, Switzerland

2015
Dog and a girl, Archeology of Photography Foundation, Warsaw, Poland
Leakage and other works, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
Case study – invisibility, Krakow Photomonth, Poland
Leakage and other works, Panopticon, Stockholm, Sweden

2014
Case study – invisibility, Josef Sudek Studio, Fotograf Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
The Loneliness of the Long Distance runner (with Mateusz Choróbski), BWA Katowice, Poland and Another Vacant Space, Berlin, Germany
Case study – invisibility, BWA Katowice; Asymetria, Warsaw, Poland
Sound of silence, Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères, France

2013
Sweet thing, PF Gallery, CK Zamek, Poznań, Poland

2012
Soaking in, Lookout Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
Leakage, Prexer, Fotofestiwal 2012, Łódź, Poland


Selected group exhibitions:

2022
Art in Embassies - In Motion, Residence of the U.S.A. Ambassador, Warsaw, Poland
Kinds of Love, Gunia Nowik Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

2019
Die Ähnlichkeit im Unterschied, Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf, Germany

2017
Place, Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, Poland
High Blood Pressure, Koganei Art Spot, Tokyo, Japan
Self-organization, should the world break in II, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

2016
A stitch in time saves nine, Wschód, Warsaw, Poland
Phantom, BWA Katowice, Poland

2015
WORTH REMEMBERING! A Tribute to Jerzy Lewczynski, Asymetria, Warsaw, Poland
Crisis is only a beginning, TIFF Festival, BWA Wrocław, Poland

2014
Stendhal Syndrome, Zona Sztuki Aktualnej, Szczecin, Poland
PhotoGlobal 2007 – 2014, SVA Gramercy Gallery, New York, USA
Invisibility – case study, PhotoGlobal New Releases 2014, Gallery 109, New York, USA
The day before, ReGeneration 2, Landskrona Museum, Sweden

2013
Leakage, Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères, France
Amber road, FLUSS Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Tribute to Robakowski, lokal_30, Warszawa, Poland
The day before, ReGeneration 2, ROSPHOTO Museum, Saint-Petersburg, Russia; Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, USA; Fototeca del centro de las artes, Monterrey, Mexico; Rencontres Internationales de la Photo de Fès, Morocco; Galerie Azzedine Alaia, Paris, France; Caocjangdi PhotoSpring Festival, Beijing, China; Aperture Fondation, New York, USA; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Salem, USA
The day before. In the matter of things, Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia
The day before. Disconnected images, BWA Bydgoszcz, Poland
Fission, Forward Thinking Museum, New York, USA

2010
The day before. ReGeneration2, Miami Dade College, Miami, USA; Flash Forward Festival, Toronto, Canada; Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China; Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France, Musée d’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
The day before. Some visible and invisible things, Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf, Germany


Prizes:
The Overseas Photographer Higashikawa Awards 2017, Japan
Photo Global 2013, Hyères, France 


Artist book:
Futerał, ed. Krzysztof Pijarski, Anna Orłowska, Wschód Gallery, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź


Selected collections:
MuFo Museum of Photography in Cracow, Jewish Historical Institute, Jankilevitsch Collection

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