Marta Zgierska

Marta Zgierska

born in Lublin (PL), 1987
lives in Poland

Marta Zgierska 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 develops her artistic projects. She is interested in trauma studies and a process of withdrawal. Her work was exhibited at Esther Woerdehoff Gallery (Paris, France), Maison de la Photographie (Lille, France), Photokina (Cologne, Germany), Malmo Fotobiennal (Sweden), Fotofestiwal (Lodz, 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 and also 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.


text by Andrea Laudisa

L’artista polacca Marta Zgierska attraverso la serie fotografica Post, scrive la storia di un dolore personale, costruendo visivamente la disamina introspettiva di un trauma vissuto sulla propria pelle. Un silenzio e un’inquietudine che celano un cambiamento attraverso la sofferenza. La presenza costante del bianco nelle composizioni, si fa portavoce e deposito di liberazione, gli oggetti, come pensieri fitti dialogano scientemente col passato e l’inevitabile catarsi percepita si mescola all’immediata ricezione immaginifica delle ferite dell’artista, rafforzando la consapevolezza che l’identità di ogni essere umano sia un processo in divenire.

Outdoor installation
piazzetta Chiesa Greca / Whitephotogallery

The Pole artist Marta Zgierska writes the story of a personal sorrow through the photographic series Post, thus visually building an introspective close examination of a traumatic event that the artist experienced. Silence and restlessness hide a change through suffering. The constant presence of white colour in the composition becomes mouthpiece and safekeeping of relief. Things consciously dialogue with the past as if they were deep thoughts. The unavoidable catharsis that one can perceive gets mixed up with the immediate reception of the artist’s pain, thus strengthening the awareness that the identity of every human being is a becoming process.