Natalia Poniatowska
born in Poland, living in Glasgow

EDUCATION
2014-2018 Fine Art Photography, BA(H) Glasgow School of Art
2013-2014 B&W Photography Course, Glasgow School of Art
2008-2012 Photography Course, MDK Bytom, Poland

PUBLICATIONS
Tiger Camera Photo Book – Family 2014 “Family Play”
Black Wall Magazine issue #9 and #11
F-Stop Magazine issue #62
BEMAG #11
BBC News On Pictures – Postcards From Home /27/01/16
Longing For Belonging 2016- Self Published Photo Book, on sale in Street Level Photoworks and Good Press, Glasgow
Nikon Europe, Nikon Poland, Nikon UK, Nikon Russia – 08/17 -Finding the Beauty in Eastern Europe’s Ugliness
British Journal of Photography 09/17 www.bjp-online.com/2017/09/sure-shot-natalia-poniatowska-on-the-art-of-capturing-the-off-moments/

EXHIBITIONS
03 2012 Fotografie, Galeria Pod Sztrychem, Bytom, Poland
2011 Festiwal Sztuki Wysokiej, Bytom, Poland
2014 You Build On Mackintosh, Glasgow School of Art
03 2015 Retraction, exhibition and open studio, Glasgow School of Art
05 2015 Fresh From Poland, Pauza, Krakow
06 2015 Wet Denim Trackie, SWG3, Glasgow
06 2015 White and It Is Not Your Skin, Wee Theaters, Sloans, Glasgow
09 2015 Koniecpol, Wee Theaters Glasgow, Sloans, Glasgow
11 2015 Postcards from Home, Glasgow School of Art
11 2015 From somewhereto_with Love, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Huddersfield, Bristol, Derry, Nottingham, London and Wakefield
02 2016 Drying Green Collective, Broadcast, Glasgow
02 2016 SYZYGY, Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow
06 2016 25% Extra, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow
04 2017 Here is the Future, Now, 12 Star Gallery, Westminster, London
04 2017 420 Sauchiehall, Glasgow Open House Festival
04 2017 The World Is Your Lobster, The Art Park, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow
04 2017 Glebia Spojrzenia, Metaforma cafe, Krakow
05 2017 #SHOWMEYOURUFO, Galeria Szara Kamienica, Krakow
08 2017 ATMO 8 / 8, ARCHIP Architectural Institute, Prague
07 – 10/2017 RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Screenings
02 2017 Tomato Soup, Artists Film Screening, Centre For Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
04 2017 Tomato Soup, 420 Sauchiehall, Glasgow Open House Festival
09 2017 Tomato Soup, Bytom Film Festival, Poland
Talks
02 2017 Longing For Belonging, Zine Talk at Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

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I set off seeking for light and photography is the best tool to find it.

Relationship to my home country – Poland – is something that fascinates me, as only when
I live far away I want to go back and capture the life that is not changed.
Poland is for me very safe place, as I have never experienced the reality of adult life and problems over there. Childhood memories are causing my nostalgia.
The point of view is not from the insider and not from outsider either. I’m someone in between, someone who only comes back for few days a year and record the banal of everyday life.
I am longing for belonging. I capture places I used to be part of.

Trying to find a beauty in Eastern Europe’s ugliness is one of my photography goals.

I am not one of those who looks at the darkness with no fear.

Through my work, I aim to express emotions I feel in a certain moment.
My photographs are not planned like we cannot plan feelings.

I believe in photography and aesthetic impact.

I would like the viewer not only to have a look but also to see something and feel something. That „something” is personal and I can’t describe what I want you to get out of my works. Every person expresses something else and that’s the magic of us all.

I work with light and colour.
I work with their absence.

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