Silesian Mother 2022, gelatine silver print, mixed media, 61 x 49 cm from the Sankt Anna series
The Louse 2020, UV print on plywood, unique, 160 x 125 cm from the Flatlets series
Anna Orłowska – photographer, born in 1986 in Opole, Poland; she also makes objects, testing the boundaries of the medium. She studied Photography at the National Film School in Łódź and at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava. In 2013 she became the laureate of the Photo Global scholarship at the School of Visual Arts in New York. 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. Represented by Gunia Nowik Gallery, Orłowska divides her time between Warsaw and Silesia.