MARTA BOGDAŃSKA //
Polish artist, photographer, filmmaker, and cultural manager based between Lebanon and Poland. Holds an MA in Philosophy and Diploma in Gender Studies from Warsaw University. She studied with Anton Vidokle and Jalal Toufic at Homeworkspace Programme of Ashkal Alwan association in Beirut. She is currently in her diploma year (with P. Bownik) in Academy of Photography in Warsaw and she got accepted to 'The School of Seeing' at the Intitute of Photography Fort in Warsaw. Marta is working on photo books from Lebanon. She is finalising a short documentary film Next Sunday, and series of multimedia documentary projects about women & music. Her project plaintext was chosen for the finalist exhibition at the OBCURA Festival of Photography 2018. She was awarded numerous art residencies and grants: Heinrich Boell Foundation grants for Exilium and Mixed Feelings projects, Nida Art Colony in Lithuania, Gasworks in London and Botkyrka Konsthal in Stockholm, and Adam Mickiewicz Institute art grants. She took part in Re-Tooling Residencies Project organised by CCA Warsaw. She was selected for workshops: Photography Workshop with Vanessa Winship at Jednostka gallery in Warsaw (2018); Thinking Books with Krzysztof Pijarski and Ludomir Fraczak at Archeology of Photography Foundation in Warsaw (2014), Sensibilities, Experiences: Going Beyond the Surface photography workshop with Laurence Leblanc in Ashkal Alwan in Beirut (2012); Beirut Every other Day. As Long As I'm Walking... with Francis Alys at 98weeks Project in Beirut (2010). She created & curated Fenix Cities, a combination of workshops and exhibitions for Lebanese and Polish artists and cultural promoters that introduced contemporary Lebanese art to a Polish audience and contemporary Polish art to a Lebanese one.
Marta's artistic interests follow the notions of chance and absurdity, the ironic and comic. She traces anecdotes, jokes, personal stories and develops them into projects that delve into the world of gossip, fictions, politics & multiple realities. She is interested in emotional creation of & response to artwork. She works with landscapes, contexts, and the boring & mundane of our everyday, which can open up new readings & access the hidden or magical. Marta works in various media and genres, depending on her project. She is also interested in public space and access to it.