Izabela Pluta was born in Warsaw, Poland, and migrated to Australia in 1987. She did her undergraduate studies in fine art at The University of Newcastle and has an MFA from UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. In 2017, she completed her PhD in the Faculty of Creative Arts, The University of Wollongong, entitled Allegories of Diaspora: Gleaning the residues of spatial and temporal misalignments. Pluta lectures in photography at UNSW Art & Design Sydney.
Izabela Pluta embraces photography as a way of interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present. Her studio practice adopts conflating languages of photography and the nuances they embody as physical objects. Negotiating the possibilities of how material forms come together, she draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring things that are both photographed and found. Conceptually anchored in the effects of globalisation and Pluta’s own personal experience as a migrant to Australia, her creative pursuit seeks to articulate a fluid mode of moving through, and being in, the world. These ideas have led her to using a discursive photographic vocabulary as a purveyor of temporality, mutability and the impermanence of places. A site that has recently explored is the archaeologically disputed underwater rock formation that lies at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea, near the Western most island of Japan. Pluta mediates on images with all their potential connections all at once, questioning how things from one place fit into another.
Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia at The Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, The Australian Centre for Photography and UTS Gallery, Sydney; Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane; 24 HR Art, Darwin; Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; Canberra Contemporary Art Space; and The National Gallery of Victoria, Westspace and The Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, among many others. In 2012, she was commissioned to create Unset Typologies, a public artwork for the City of Melbourne. In 2018, Pluta was shortlisted for the MAMA Foundation National Photographic Award.
In 2019 Pluta was commissioned to create a significant new work for The National 2019: new Australian art survey exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, and presented Reversal - a solo exhibition at The Glasshouse Regional Gallery in regional NSW.