Violetta Liszka

BIO

I was born in Krakow, Poland in 1981 where I lived and was educated until I moved to England in 2005. After a brief time working as a physiotherapist on NHS Neuro-Intensive Care Units, I decided to completely change direction and embarked on a journey of art and discovery, with a special interest in Art and History. 

Firstly, I studied Latin, ancient theatre history and archaeology with the Open University. Between years 2013-2018 I have studied Art Photography at the University of Brighton, graduating with a BA (Hons) and subsequently an MA. In September 2020 I completed another MA programme in Jewish History and Culture at the University of Southampton. Over the years I have been fortunate enough to exhibit my art in my new home – London, Brighton and Southampton and abroad in Berlin, Toronto, New York City and my old home, Krakow. 

Currently I am working as a freelance website designer and videographer. I am also a photography teaching volunteer and university speaker. 

In the future, I intend to work on my visual projects, combine artistic and historical knowledge as well as specialize in Holocaust studies. I am applying for a practice-based research Art project PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

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My passion for art led to my pursuit of a MA program in Photography at the University of Brighton. The focus of  my work has changed with time, and I have  settled in specialising in sculptural installations, which capture the artistic or theatrics experience. I am immensely attracted to experimenting with the concept of art and performance, which is visible in my project, Being Becoming / Becoming Being. My interest as a photographer transcends installations and includes the history of art as well as art criticism and focus on human relationships issues. This project focuses on the quest to understand own identity. It seeks to explore the concepts of to be or not to be by drawing from the understanding of the film and the photographs. The concepts presented by the installation reflect the level of conflict experienced towards understanding self- identity. Nonetheless, it showcases the inability to completely discard a part of what defines a person in the quest of adopting a preferred identity.

Artist's Statement
Selected
Exhibitions

Graduate MA Show

Brighton

SEPTEMBER 2018

Together Film Festival

London

DECEMBER 2018

Graduate BA (Hons) Show

Brighton

JUNE 2016

Shape Open

London

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2015

University of Toronto

Canada


MAY - JUNE 2016 

SeeMe

NYC

JUNE 2015

Menier Gallery

London 


JANUARY - MARCH 2014

B.a.GL

Berlin 


SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014

Awards

Art Gemini Prize


JANUARY 2014

1st place for academic writing (National Award)

2nd place for creative writing (National Award)

Krakow​

JANUARY 1998

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