CIVILIZATION: the way we live now opens at National Gallery of Victoria by Izabela Pluta

Izabela’s works Untitled (container) and Untitled (estate) from her series 2009 Gestures of the landscape series - originally shown at The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts - has been included in the international exhibition of photography that’s recently opened at The National Gallery of Victoria.

Civilization: The way we live now has been produced by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis/New York/Paris/Lausanne and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, in consultation with the National Gallery of Victoria, Maggie Finch and Isobel Crombie, and curated by William Ewing and Holly Roussell Perret-Gentil.

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Perimeter has announces Izabela Pluta as the winner of the 2019 Perimeter Small Book Prize. 

Figures of Slippage and Oscillation was selected from a shortlist of 10 proposals narrowed down from more than 100 entries from across Australia and New Zealand.

”The judging panel – which included Perimeter’s Justine Ellis, Dan Rule, Emma Phillips, Felix Wilson and Nadiah Abdulrahim – was particularly impressed by the richness, completeness and allegorical potential of Pluta’s project, which draws upon a series of meticulous contact prints or “paper negatives” made by exposing the pages of three long-out-of-date atlases. Fastidious in its detail, but loosened from its original source, the resulting series works to collapse and blend landmasses, territories and power structures, critically and creatively challenging our notions of place.” - Read more …

Perimeter will publish the winning entry by late 2019. 

Izabela Pluta  Figures of slippage and oscillation  (concept detail)

Izabela Pluta
Figures of slippage and oscillation (concept detail)


Glasshouse Regional Gallery Port Macquarie 
18 May - 21 July 2019

Reversal is a photographically-based solo installation that draws on Rose Macaulay’s 1953 book, Pleasure of Ruins, which articulates a relationship between the disappearance of buildings and the limitations of words used to describe them. Pluta’s exhibition materially translates, fragments and reconfigures Macaulay’s ideas to explore the mutability of things and the impermanence of places.

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New work opening in 'The National 2019: New Australian art' at the ArT Gallery of NSW by Izabela Pluta

Izabela’s new work ‘Apparent Distance’, has been commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for The National 2019: new Australian art. The exhibition opens March 30, and runs until July 21 2019.


Izabela Pluta, in front of her installation 'Apparent distance', commission by the Art Gallery of NSW for 'The National 2019: New Australian Art’. Photo: Diana Panuccio, AGNSW.

A major collaborative venture, The National 2019 is the second edition of a six-year initiative presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, exploring the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art.

Pluta’s Apparent distance is an ambitious new work presented in the Art Gallery of NSW component of The National 2019 which has been curated by Isobel Parker-Philip (AGNSW Curator of Photographs).

The carefully planned and executed wall installation spans a 30-meter section inside the Ground Floor galleries. It takes on a new direction in her practice by involving pictorial wall coverings and three-dimensional forms that derive from a specific approach to photographic materials.

This subject of Pluta’s significant new work explores 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 – a site she has been researching for some time. It depicts photographic elements of the formation – including  crevices and geomorphic holes taken by the artist while deep water diving the Yonaguni Monument. The material form of her work experiments with the nature of photographic making, pushing the point at which the image (in-situ and on the substrate) lifts, folds and falls away from the wall. The installation itself is underpinned by her feeling a sense of anticipation, exhilaration and unease through the experience of being enveloped by deep blue space.  Apparent distance pictorially and spatially explores the variables around the brightness of an object – its luminosity and shifting distance from the observer – of uncertainty and precarity.

Art Gallery of New South Wales 29 March – 21 July 2019
Carriageworks 29 March – 23 June 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 29 March – 23 June 2019 #nationalau

Geography of space, archaeology of time : The Australian centre for photography by Izabela Pluta

Geography of space, archaeology of time opens in Sydney - a project in dialogue with Japanese artist, Utako Shindo. Now showing at The Australian Centre for Photography until December 1 2018.

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Izabela Pluta
Three-channel video with audio. Duration 9:06 min; 
and The process by which the depth of the sea is defined 2018
Dye-sublimation print on acoustic fabric
installation view, The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
Photo: Michael Waite

INAUGURAL Marrgu Residency Program in partnership with the Peppimenarti community by Izabela Pluta

Izabela was invited to live and work in Peppimenarti alongside local indigenous artists and community leaders. Arriving in August, Izabela (joined by her family) participated in daily life and learning for 10 days. 

Pictured here with Kathleen Korda (left) and regina Pilawuk Wilson (right)

Pictured here with Kathleen Korda (left) and regina Pilawuk Wilson (right)

DURRMU ARTS Aboriginal Corporation
Peppimenarti Community, PMB 56 via Winnellie, Northern Territory, 0822, Australia

Exhibiting in The National 2019: New Australian Art by Izabela Pluta

Izabela has been commissioned to create a significant new work by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for 'The National 2019: New Australian Art' exhibition. 

"[Sydney, 20 August 2018] The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) today announced that The National 2019: New Australian Art will present the work of 65 emerging, mid-career and established Australian contemporary artists living across the country and abroad." Link to Media Release

Izabela Pluta, studio 

Izabela Pluta, studio 

Art Gallery of New South Wales 29 March – 21 July 2019
Carriageworks 29 March – 23 June 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 29 March – 23 June 2019 #nationalau


Izabela Pluta, Spatial misalignments (Set 1, Sequence 1-3 detail) 2018
silver gelatin photographs, 610 x 406 mm

Izabela Pluta’s new exhibition, Figures of slippage and oscillation, explores the assumptions around how place is depicted and perceived. The main component of her installation includes 60 paper negatives that have been made by employing a camera-less process of contact printing full-page relief maps from three different editions of an out-of-date atlas. What eventuates is a visual collapse of states, territories and geographical names that blurs the distinction between the land masses, their coordinates and the political entities that govern them. While conceptually anchored in Pluta’s experience as a Polish migrant to Australia, the artist’s process of dislocating the features of each map also proposes a critique of the procedures of colonialism, its related hegemonic discourses and the effects of globalisation.

Pluta’s working method explores how things come together and draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring materials that are both photographed and found. In this new work the process and structure of making photographs is born out of the absence and presence of light and its reaction to the material surface of the pages of a superseded map.

The accompanying component of this new work–and around which this project was conceived–is a piece of audio which charts places travelled. This monologue is played in random order, and describes a chronical of movement around the world in an account of recollection and memoir: of places called on, experienced and occasionally forgotten.

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Threshold , 2018 installation comprising two latex-based ink-jet prints on wall 331x421cm, 321x621cm; and two latex-based ink-jet prints on aluminium 50x50cm, 100x240cm.

Threshold, 2018
installation comprising two latex-based ink-jet prints on wall 331x421cm, 321x621cm; and two latex-based ink-jet prints on aluminium 50x50cm, 100x240cm.

Nostalgia, it’s not what it used to be!
Jane Brown, Phil James, Guy Maestri, Izabela Pluta, Ben Quilty, Joan Ross, Niomi Sands, Luke Temby
Curator Diana Robson

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
6 April 2018 – 20 May 2018

The components that comprise Threshold (2018) include an image the artist took of a window in her family home when she first returned to Warsaw in 2002; a layered set of reflections inside a natural history museum diorama (originally shown in the series Agency of inanimate objects, Museum (2014); and a blown up fragment of an old postcard depicting tourists gazing into a distant mountain vista. While the reoccurring element of Pluta's work is located within the practice of expanded photography, the method by which the work comes together draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring material - that is both photographed and found. Her various approaches are not only bound to photographic reflexivity but engage with the explicit ways that material objects are encountered, experienced, collected, deciphered, presented or interpreted.