Title: Death by domestication
Dimensions: width: 60cm, height: 90cm
Aneta Nowicka was born in 1980 Poland where she graduated Krzysztof Kieslowski Film School, post graduated journalism as well as photography in Poland. She was awarded Artist – in – Residence Grants in Iceland, Spain, Canada, France and the US. This determined her works: living in Easter European conservatism she was inspired to break the boundaries in her works.
Having paparazzi London episode as well as promising career as a TV reporter she rather preferred to focus on social aspects: she took photos of people living in streets in China, workers of a bullet-proofed garments factory in Colombia or women working in coal mines before she started to deal with topics of human roles, bodily functions that picture mostly herself.
She went on a long journey from photojournalism to self – staged surreal photography, but she is still interested in human rights as well as in discriminated minorities. Some of her self- staged pictures may be seen as a grotesque but there is always a human being hidden behind that clown mask, confronting and she says she pictures that invisible part.
Aneta uses in her photographs self – staged portraits. Exposing her body in her works and being uncompromising with herself, she is trying to cross her own boundaries of shame and stereotypes given by culture to challenge herself and the viewer. In her photographs she often uses surrealistic elements on a search of new context. She is questioning a viewer in a disturbing way whether we can face the associations which come with this picture.
In her work she seems to ask the question: what do the old feministic postulates of freedom mean in the world dominated by the glossy beauty- terror? What does beauty mean in the world of art? Is she censoring herself by making series related to the body issues?
She is talking about sizeism and age discrimination in media mainstream world, about the ones that do not fit the perfect well-presented magazine photographs.
In her work she is also referring to human rights – still limited when a body (female or male) has a political and religious context, and is discriminated especially in countries dominated by extremism.
Nowicka does it on a search of the identity, looking for her own form of expression, her way to freedom.