The exhibition includes 24 photographs taken during performances presented as part of two series co-organised by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the “A Stage for Dance” programme in 2014 and 2015 in Cracow. The first series is entitled “Portraits. Women in Polish choreography”; the other, named “Goodbye Superman. The man in Polish choreography”, is an answer to the former.
Following the questions of the curators of the second project projektu (Anna Królica, Eryk Makohon i Paweł Łyskawa), which can also be asked in relation to women (“How is dance developing and where is it headed? What is the role played by men in Polish dance in the past and present? Are they continuators or creators of something new? What is the subject matter of their creations? The male body: an attribute in choreography? What narratives of masculinity appear in Polish choreography?”), the author of the photographs of these diverse performances poses her own question about the universality of what is feminine and what is masculine – not only in dance, but also in life. Her own answer to this question became the criterion for the selection of the photos presented at the exhibition.
She has been involved in dance photography since 2008. The primary subject of her photographs is contemporary dance. She has gained experience and perfected her skills in the field by photographing the leading Polish and foreign artists, sometimes in very difficult conditions. Her current photographic interests revolve around depicting kinetic expression, making the body unreal, materialising emotional expression through the body and motion, as well as the influence of motion on the body and emotions of the dancer.
Her photographs have been published in both Polish and foreign magazines, promotional materials of festivals, the Polish dance website taniecpolska.pl, as well as websites of the artists whose performances she has photographed.
In November 2015, she received the main award in the 2015 Theatre Photography Competition, organized by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, for her photograph taken during the “ROOM 40” performance, choreographed by Maciej Kuźmiński.
Her work has been displayed at the “2015 BalletOFFFestival Residencies” solo exhibition at the Nowa Huta Cultural Centre in Cracow, the collective exhibition of the works of the finalists and participants of the Theatre Photography Competition from 16 November to 17 December 2015, the Łazienki Królewskie Museum Open-Air Gallery on Aleje Ujazdowskie in Warsaw, as well as the Exhibition of Finalists’ Works held at the headquarters of the Theatre Institute from 23 November 2015 to 23 January 2016.