The exhibition Deja-vu brings together works by two Polish contemporary photographers – Justyna Gryglewicz and Kinga Lubowiecka. The show’s title makes reference to the well known french term ‘deja-vu’, which literally translated can mean something ‘already seen’ or in more poetic terms implies a feeling of familiarity with the subject in view. One of the first uses of this term can be found in Paul Verlaine’s poem “Kaleidoscope” in which he reminisces and recollects wondering the street of London.
In this instance the term ‘deja-vu’ paints a picture of the type of images that one will encounter. The exhibition will present photographs that in the first instance remind us of abstract compositions. Nevertheless, on closer inspection they depict familiar every-day objects composed in an uncanny way. It can therefore be said that the work play on this feeling of the familiar and already-seen.
Justyna Gryglewicz (born.1985) – Artist and designer, graduate of the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow (prof. Agata Pankiewicz’s Studio). She works across a variety of media, from photography, film & print to painting. Her first solo show took place at Krakow’s F.a.i.t. Gallery in 2009. Numerous group shows include: “Body in the Library” (curators: Aleksandra Jach & Jakub Woynarowski) at BWA Design Gallery in Wrocław, “Jeff Koons’ gloves” (curator: Agnieszka Kilian) at Kronika in Bytomi, and “#naukaczytania” in Poznan’s Old Browar (curator: Maria Ancukiewicz). Justyna has also participated in the International Sumer School of Photography in Latvia as part of Peter Bialobrzeski i David Bate’s class. She lives and works in Krakow.
Kinga Lubowiecka (born.1988) – Artist & photographer, graduate at the University of Oxford, gallery owner. Between 2012-2014 education specialist at MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow. Currently photographer at grP. She has exhibited her work at Modern Art Oxford and the WW Gallery as part of ‘Afternoon Tea’ during the 54th Venice Biennale as well as at the Starter Gallery in Warsaw and BWA in Tarnów, Poland. Lives and works in Oxford and Krakow.