Izabela Pluta
born Warsaw Poland, 1979, migrated to Australia 1987

Allegories of Diaspora: Gleaning the residues of spatial and temporal misalignments
Faculty of Creative Arts, The University of Wollongong, Australia

Master of Fine Arts, UNSW Art & Design, Sydney Australia
Bachelor of Fine Art, Honours Class 1, University Medal,
The University of Newcastle, Australia

Selected Solo Exhibitions
Reversal, The Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie

Figures of slippage and oscillation, Artspace Ideas Platform, Sydney
Geography of space, archaeology of time (with Utako Shindo), The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Paper, stone and permutations, This is no fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
Bringing the distance near, TAEM Gallery, University of Wollongong

Excavation, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne

Blue Distance, UTS Gallery, Sydney
Agency of inanimate objects, Galerie Pompom, Sydney

Taken on the same day as the other photo, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne

Study for a sham ruin, Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Reservoir, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale Victoria

Displaced images of distant objects, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Reservoir, Eastern Bloc, Sydney
On things mended and broken, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and Projects, Melbourne
Gestures of the Landscape, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

Sailing for the abyss, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Gestures of the Landscape, 24 HR Art, Darwin

Gestures of the Landscape, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
à la dérive, Mop Projects, Sydney
In (and against) time, Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Singularity, The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Home(land), Westspace, Melbourne
Home(land), Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
Sometime, Esa Jaske Gallery, Sydney

Making Mirrors, Artspace, Sydney
With a view, Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane

Artist books
Taken on the same as the other photo, published by Onestar Press/VOLUME, 2017

Selected Group Exhibitions
The National: New Australian Art, The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
Civilization: The way we live now, The National Gallery of Victoria
Resurfaced Geographies, Verge Gallery, Sydney

Nostalgia, it’s not what it used to be!  Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

Could all this be it, Coldcut Projects, Sydney

Watching the clouds pass the moon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
Timelapse, GIppsland Art Gallery
Out of Quarantine, Manly Art Gallery and Museum

Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10
You can’t get there from here, 55 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville Sydney

Through a lens, Horsham Art Gallery
Seven Trumpets, Stange Neighbour, Melbourne
Secure the shadow, Breezeblock, Sydney
View from a window, Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne

Out of this world, Bill Wright Projects, Sydney

The Third Landscape, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
Foreplay, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart

Interpreting portraits – Macquarie 1810-2010, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery
time AND space, Hazelhurst Gallery and Arts Centre

Disappearers, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
Un, deux, trios, Alliance Francaise, Melbourne

An ideal for living, Linden Contemporary Arts Centre, Melbourne

Here and Beyond, Newcastle Region Art Gallery
Scene – Observe the lay of the land, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
From Space to Place, an IASKA touring exhibition, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

Selected Public Art projects
300 George Street Sales Centre, Brisbane (LoveArt International)

CCP/City of Yarra Billboard Project, Melbourne

City of Melbourne Public Art Program, Citipower Substation, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Back to the city, temporary public art installation, Newcastle
Velour, commissioned by Frost Design, installed at Sydney Park Playground

Selected Residencies/Projects
Arts 3331 Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Inaugural Marrgu Residency, Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation, Peppimentarti Community
Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Port Macquarie

Photomedia: site and context, a UNSW Art&Design Intensive Studio Project
Stocznia Gdańsk, Poland

UK Academic Research Exchange at Art and Design Research Institute
University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Cite des Arts Internationale, Paris, France

Barcelona Studio, Australia Council for the Arts Residency, Spain

Artspace, Sydney, Australia

Artist in Residence, Red Gate Studios, Beijing, China

Artist in Residence, IASKA (International Art Space Kellerberrin Australia)

Selected Grants, Awards & Prizes
Australian Council for the Arts Arts Project Grant
Create NSW Artist Support Grant
Finalist, MAMA Art Foundation National Photographic Prize

Faculty Research Grant, UNSW Art & Design
Finalist, Bowness Photography Prize

Finalist, Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Art Award

National Association for the Visual Arts NSW Artists Grant

Finalist, Art on Paper, Hazelhurst Art Award
Finalist, The Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Victoria

Finalist, Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize
Finalist, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
Finalist, The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant
Finalist, The City of Hobart Art Prize
Finalist, Olive Cotton Photographic Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts NSW Artists Marketing Grant

Qantas Foundation, Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award
Finalist, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
Finalist, Hazelhurst Art Award
Finalist, The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant (Emerging)
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant

Finalist, The Wilson HTM National Art Prize
Winner, The Freedman Traveling Arts Scholarship
Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship
Janet Holmes a Court Artists Grant
Winner, The Sharpe Bros Art Prize, Gosford Regional Art Gallery

Photo feature Common Ground, Issue 3 2015
Photo feature Landscape Stories, edited by Heidi Romano, Australian Issue 2015.
VAULT Magazine PHOTO ESSAYS, Issue 5, November 2013
Excerpt Magazine, Issue 2, 2012, cover artist
NEW ROMANTICS DARKNESS AND LIGHT IN AUSTRALIAN ART, Simon Gregg, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Kew, Victoria, 2010
TIME AND SPACE : ART & ARTIST RUN SPACES 1970 TO NOW, Ann Finegan, Gymea, N.S.W, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, 2010
An ideal for living, exhibition catalogue, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2008, (text) p15, 25, (art) p15,16,18
Runway, V2, 2003

Selected Bibliography
The National 2019: New Australian Art’, ARTLINK, Craig Judd, 15 May 2019
The National review – contemporary art from the uncanny to the inviting’, THE GUARDIAN, Andrew Frost, 29 March 2019
Contemporary art's Instagram moment’, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Lina Morris, March 27, 2019
Geography of Space, Archaeology of Time, Izabela Pluta & Utako Shindo’, ART & AUSTRALIA online, Kathleen Linn
Notes from the darkroom’, ART MONTHLY, Michael Fitzgerald, October 2018, Issue 311
Dimensions of Citizenship | US Pavilion - La Biennale di Venezi’, ARCHISEARCH, Tina Marinaki, 18 May 2018
‘Old sites, new visions: art and archaeology collide in Cyprus’ THE CONVERSATION, Craig Barker and Diana Wood Conroy, October 9, 2017
Exhibition review, THE AGE Spectrum, Dan Rule, Feb 14 2015, p21
‘Pluta, Ferran, crowEST and Arps' Melbourne exhibitions imbued with benignity and terror’ THE AGE,
   Robert Nelson, February 17 2015
Interview, Try Hard Magazine, Andrew Yip (, 2014
‘Art Radar #1: Photography’ ART GUIDE, Amy Marjoram, 7 May 2014
‘Agency of inanimate objects’ ART GUIDE, Toby Fehily, May/JUNE 2014, p43
‘Agency of inanimate objects’ ALTMEDIA, Leann Richards, 2 May 2014
‘Izabela Pluta Taken on the same day as the other photo’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Dane Rule, Aug 3 2013
‘Racks and ruin: framing decay’ THE AGE, Robert Nelson, July 31 2013, p50
‘Rethinking the Margins’, SURFACE ASIA, Olha Romaniuk, 10 Dec 2012
‘Study for a sham ruin’, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD SPECTRUM, Lynne Dwyer, April 28-29, 2012, p12
‘Art sucks: monstrous breast bombs and classical maternity’ Robert Nelson, THE AGE,March 16, 2011, p5
'Izabela Pluta: Sailing for the abyss', Dan Rule, THE AGE, April 24 2010, p20
‘Temporary transformations’, AUSTRALIAN ART REVIEW, Apolline Kohen, Feb-April 2010, p72
'Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow' Dan Rule, THE AGE, September 12, 2009
‘Ok with my decay: Encounters with chronology in the work of four contemporary Australian artists’, Simon Gregg, ARTLINK, Vol 29, No 1, 2009, p61-63
Back to the City. Strategies for Informal Urban Intervention, Steffen Lehmann, 2009, Hatje Cantz
‘Back to the city? The re-berth of coal’, ARTMONTHLY, April #208, 2008, p5
‘Inexorable march to ruin celebrated’, THE MELBOURNE AGE, Robert Nelson, April 2, 2008, p17
‘Art matters’, MCV, Lucy Elliot, Issue 376, March 20, 2008
‘An ideal for living’, TROUBLE ARTS TRAFFIC, Cassie May, March 2008, p12
‘Domestic sublime’, ART MONTHLY, Melissa Hart, March #207, 2008, p53
‘Art around the galleries’, THE MELBOURNE AGE, Megan Backhouse, March 29, 2008, A2 p20
‘Lifting the lids’, THE MELBOURNE AGE, April 4, 2008
‘Making mirrors and breaking walls’, ARTSPACE PROJECTS 2006, Ashley Whamond, p13
‘Dilemma of making decisions’, WEST AUSTRALIAN, WEEKEND EXTRA, Ric Spencer, June 16 2007, p13
‘Open gallery, Sometime’, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD SPECTRUM, Clara Iaccarino, Jan 26-28 2007, p16
‘in trouble’, MELBURNIN, Simon Gregg, Dec/Jan 2007, p16
‘Four Photographers’, ART COLLECTOR, Timothy Morrell, Feb 2006, p251
‘Illustration of rights and wrongs is a snap’, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD METRO, Robert McFarlane, Dec13, 2005
‘There and back’, REALTIME, Kate McMillan, June/July 2005, p40