Born in Bytom, Poland (1993), currently based between Glasgow and Warsaw   /   instagram

[EN] Natalia Poniatowska graduated from Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art. She grew up in the industrial realm of the Silesian region in the Southern part of Poland. Natalia displayed her works in various locations (Royal Scottish Academy (Edinburgh), 12 Star Gallery (London), ARCHIP (Prague), House For An Art Lovers – (Glasgow), Orms (Cape Town),  Pingyao (China), and more. She received the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Award 2017,  DEBUTS 2018, WENA 2012, Grand Press Photo 2018 and she was selected as one of 15 best graduates in creative fields by It’s Nice That in 2018.

[PL] Natalia jest absolwentką Fine Art Photography w the Glasgow School of Art. Wychowała się na Śląsku. Natalia wystawiała swoje prace w Royal Scottish Academy (Edynburg), 12 Star Gallery (Londyn), ARCHIP (Praga), House For An Art Lovers (Glasgow), Orms (Cape Town), Pingyao (China) i więcej. Otrzymała nagrodę British Journal of Photography breakthrough 2017, DEBUTS 2018, WENA 2012, Grand Press Photo 2018 oraz została wyróżniona przez It’s Nice That jako jedna z 15 najlepszych absolwentów szkół kreatywnych na świecie w 2018.

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

AWARDS
2019 Adam Bruce Thomson Award, The Royal Scottish Academy
2019 Bronze Winner – Fine Art – Moving Image, for Fotografia Ożywiona, Tokyo International Photo Awards
2018 It’s Nice That Graduate 2018 – ‘one of 15 young creatives from across the globe who are well worth keeping your eye on’ interview-link
2018 winner of DEBUTS international award selecting most talented emerging photographers
2018 Photograd, selected graduates 2018
2018 shortlist Athens Photo Festival
2018 finalist Grand Press Photo, category Young Poland
2018 finalist New Talents, Belgrade Photo Month
2017 honourable mention, Głębia Spojrzenia
2017 runner-up in the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards 
2012 WENA, winner of the youth cultural award in Bytom, Poland

EXHIBITIONS
04 2019 Environment Documenta, Millepiani, Rome, Italy 
09/03 – 3/04 2019 New Contemporaries 2019, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
02/2019 Where The Digital Becomes Physical, Your Art Beats, Salon Halit Art, Kreuzbergstr. 72, Berlin, Germany
01 – 02/2019 Sztuka Teraz, Muzeum Narodowe, The National Museum, Kraków, Poland
02/2019 Scottish Portrait Awards, Glasgow Art Club, Glasgow, Scotland
12/18-1/2019 Shutter Hub, 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
12/2018 Scottish Portrait Awards, Scottish Art Club, Edinburgh, Scotland
10/2018 Shutter Hub, The Old Truman Brewery, London Photomonth, London, England
09/2018 Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
09/2018 Twelve Dying Palm Trees, Panta Rhei, The Waterhouse Gallery, Maastricht, Netherlands
09/2018 Debuts, Panstwowa Galeria Sztuki, Sopot, Poland
07-09 2018 Futureproof, Street Level Photoworks, Irvine Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Scotland
07 2018 Grand Press Photo, Warsaw Spire, Manufactura Lodz and more (exhibition travelling around Poland)
06 – 07 2018 Debuts 2018, Vienna House, Andel’s Lodz, Poland
06 2018 Moments I Never Showed You, Degree Show, The Glasgow School of Art /solo
04 2018 Call It Home, GY Open House Arts Festival, Glasgow
04 2018 Twelve Dying Palm Trees, Project Space 20 Scott Street, Glasgow /solo
04 2018 Friends of the Fanzine, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, Scotland
03-04 2018 Multiple Proof, Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie
03 2018 In Progress, Richmond GSA, Glasgow /solo
02 2018 I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING, Orms Cape Town School of Photography, South Africa
02 2018 Exposure, The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow, Scotland
11 2017 BEHIND, citizenM, Glasgow, Scotland /solo
11 2017 #SHOWMEYOURUFO, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, Groningen, The Netherlands
07 – 10 2017 RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
08 2017 ATMO 8 / 8, ARCHIP Architectural Institute, Prague, Czech Republic
05 2017 #SHOWMEYOURUFO, Galeria Szara Kamienica, Krakow, Poland
04 2017 Głębia Spojrzenia, Metaforma Cafe, Krakow, Poland
04 2017 The World Is Your Lobster, The Art Park, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland
04 2017 420 Sauchiehall, Glasgow Open House Festival, Scotland
04 2017 Here is the Future, Now, 12 Star Gallery, Westminster, London, England
06 2016 25% Extra, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow, Scotland
02 2016 SYZYGY, Grace and Clark Fyfe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
02 2016 Drying Green Collective, Broadcast, Glasgow, Scotland
11 2015 Postcards from Home, The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
09 2015 Koniecpol, Wee Theaters Glasgow, Sloans, Glasgow, Scotland /solo
07 2015 Analogue Exhibition, Scottish Fashion Creative Network, The Biscuit Factory, Edinburgh, Scotland
06 2015 It Is Not Your Skin, Wee Theaters, Sloans, Glasgow, Scotland / solo
06 2015 Wet Denim Trackie, SWG3, Glasgow, Scotland
05 2015 Fresh From Poland, Pauza, Krakow, Poland
03 2015 Retraction, exhibition and open studio, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
2014 You Build On Mackintosh, The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
2011 Festiwal Sztuki Wysokiej, Elektrocieplownia Szombierki, Bytom, Poland
2010 Fotografie, Galeria Pod Sztrychem, Bytom, Poland /solo

PUBLICATIONS

Moments I Never Showed You, 2018, self-published photo book, edition of 2
Twelve Dying Palm Trees, 2018, self-published photo book, edition of 12
Longing For Belonging, 2016, self-published photo book, edition of 50

Boom Saloon 004, buy the magazine here: link
Der Grief, Guest-Room, selection by Anne-Marie Beckmann link
Interview for #photography magazine link
Interview for The Heroine’s Journey link
Grand Press Photo 2018, book
Printed Pages AW18, Bauhaus, It’s Nice That link
Photograd – Interview link
Underexposed Magazine – Interview  link
The Radical Art Review – Motherland Natalia Poniatowska link
Alone At The Party, Tank Magazine link
ZEITmagazin, #38, Germany
Anniversary Magazine – Moments I Never Showed You link
It’s Nice That – Graduates 2018 – full interview link
Portfolio – Natalia Poniatowska, Musee Magazine link
DEBUTS 2018, book
Fresh From Poland – Natalia Poniatowska – Celebration link
Scotsman, Art Reviews link
Self Publish Be Happy – Moments I Never Showed You link
Verdure Engraved issue #1
Grain Magazine Belgrade Photo Month New Talents
British Journal of Photography – Sure Shot Natalia Poniatowska On the Art Of Capturing the Off Moments link
Nikon Europe – Finding the Beauty in Eastern Europe’s Ugliness, 2016
BBC News On Pictures – Postcards From Home link
F-Stop Magazine issue #62
Tiger Photo Book – Family 2014

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
03 2018 Artist Talk, Edinburgh Napier University
10 2018 Visiting Artist, Edinburgh College of Art, talk and tutorials with final year photography students
10 2018 Edinburgh Photobook Club, Natalia Poniatowska about self-publishing, Edinburgh Central Library
09 2018 Women in the Industry, art photography workshop with Natalia Poniatowska, WEX, Glasgow
04 2018 Project Behind, Multiple Proof, Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie
02 2017 Longing For Belonging, Zine Talk, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow
05 2015 On Fashion Photography, University of Glasgow

ARTIST STATEMENT

It is enough that I come from a country that lies east of the west and west of the east
Sławomir Mrożek

I am an observer. Through digital and analogue photography, still and moving images, I explore the potential ground that exists between fine art and documentary photography. Drawing inspiration from various conditions of the reality around me, from the great interest in the modern, dynamic art scene but also from my personal experiences, I believe in the power of images to convey the emotions, truths and challenges of modern reality. Having spent the majority of my life away from my motherland, I often return to the theme of homesickness and belonging in my artwork.

My approach to picture making is to present ordinary, non-idealised, never staged reality. Such practice is the formulation of interest in things as they are. By using only one lens which is the most similar to a human field of view, I am capturing the moments and non-moments that drag my attention. I am a sentimental and nostalgic artist and the camera is the best tool to anchor oneself to memories and emotions that are constantly fleeting.

My work starts with a strong interest in the moment, light or a situation. The process of looking begins before taking a photograph and continues afterwards. Selecting pictures, printing, making connections, framing or setting up an exhibition space, all of it seems connected to the way of seeing. I immerse myself in the medium fully and utterly.