Agnieszka Prusak
Photography
Works by Agnieszka Prusak are among the most distinguishing and interesting phenomena in modern Polish photography. Although her work has been heading towards reportage narrative or photo essay, none of the created cycles can be denied artistic merit realized through the artist’s perception of the reality. Seeking truth inspired by great sensitivity makes her reach for subjects which are difficult sometimes, and in her projects balance on the borderline, cross it. Such was the case of the project “W domu” within which the author spontaneously knocked on the doors of the residents of Wrocław, asking them to show her a little bit of their privacy, or “Blow up” within which as the first photographer in Poland and the second in Europe, she entered prison walls to take photographs of inmates’ daily life.
Prusak studied painting and graduated from the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław in 2003 /under Professor A. Dymitrowicz/. However, she soon decided to be involved with photography. As she states, this medium, which as opposed to painting reacts dynamically, can catch each and every moment. She did not have any doubts about colours – she consistently presents black and white pieces. As in black and white photography nothing gets lost. There is no seduction, sugar-coating or illusions. The harshness of her work allows her to present not only difficult or social subjects, but also works perfectly in the presentation of beauty which she undertook in one of her latest cycles “Fly love” in which she shows moving dancers. However, “Fly love” does not constitute documentation of dance or delight over the superficiality of the body and its possibilities. It is a story about discipline, about beauty born from suffering and hard work. The artist attracts the attention of viewers with the power of contrast using black and white, heaviness and lightness, spontaneous expression and precision of movement.
Photographs by Agnieszka Prusak have been presented in prestigious Polish galleries, at numerous individual and joint exhibitions. They are very popular among collectors who appreciate not only her great skills and exceptional perception, but also the fact that the artist limits her DigiArt Print copies to 9 pieces.

Michalina Domoń
“Artysta i Sztuka”









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Portfolio:
•    Photography exhibitions “Dwoistość”, Dolnośląskie Centrum Kulturalne – OKiS, Wrocław, September 2014
•    Photography exhibition “W domu”, Muzeum Współczesne Wrocław, April 2014
•    Photography exhibition “W domu”, Centrum Sztuki Galeria EL, Elbląg, Noc Muzeów, May 2013
•    Photography exhibition “W domu”, Galeria Fotografii Miasta Rzeszów, March 2013
•    Photography exhibition “Blow Up”, Galeria Pacamera, Suwałki, February 2013
•    Photography exhibition “W domu”, Galeria B&B, Bielsko-Biała, November 2012
•    Photography exhibition “Wakacje w mieście”, Galeria OBOK  ZPAF, Warszawa, October 2012
•    Photography exhibition “Wariant 0”, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław, September 2012
•    Photography exhibition “Wakacje w mieście”, Muzeum Fotografii in Bydgoszcz, July 2012
•    Photography exhibition “Blow Up II”, Galeria CS Impart, Wrocław August 2011
•    Photography exhibition “Przed”, Galeria BWA Zielona Góra, September 2010
•    Photography exhibition “Blow Up”, Galeria FF, Łódź June 2010
•    Photography exhibition “Blow Up”, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław March 2010
•    Photography exhibition “Wakacje w mieście”, Domek Romański, Wrocław 2009
•    Individual exhibition “W.I.T.C.H.”, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław 2005
•    Individual exhibition “Bajki Ocalone”, BWA Design, Wrocław 2004
•    Artistic Event “Promocja na Dzieci”, the art of mail 2004
•    Individual exhibition, “Mercedes i Mercedesy”, Galeria Baszta, Wrocław 2003
•    Individual exhibition “21 x Agnieszka P”, Stajnia 8A, Wrocław 2003
•    Individual exhibition, Muzeum Ratusz, Częstochowa 2002
•    Individual exhibition “Jest słodko”, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław 2001
•    Open-air exhibition, Muzeum in Bystrzyca Kłodzka, Bystrzyca Kłodzka 2000
•    Individual exhibition “Plastikowe towarzystwo”, Ośrodek Promocji, Częstochowa 1999
•    Joint exhibition Polska Wystawa Fotografii Aspirującej, Szczecin 2010
•    Joint exhibition Polska Wystawa Fotografii Aspirującej, Poznań 2009
•    Joint exhibition Polska Wystawa Fotografii Aspirującej, Częstochowa 2008
•    Joint exhibition, Festiwal Eurodrama, Teatr Polski, Wrocław 2002
•    Joint exhibition “Kwiat Dolnego Śląska”, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław 2002
•    Joint exhibition, Galeria „Miejsce dla sztuki”, Wrocław 1999
•    Joint exhibition, Jurajska Jesień 97, Miejska Galeria Sztuki, Częstochowa 1997

Publication of photographs:
•    Interview, Art& Business, May 2013
•    Interview, Quarterly “Artysta i Sztuka”, March 2013, No. 8/2013
•    “Tygodnik Polityka”, report in the section “Na własne oczy”,  December 2012
•    “Wysokie Obcasy”, “Niebo”, November 2012
•    “Gazeta Wyborcza - Wrocław”, Niebo, November 2012
•    “Wysokie Obcasy”, “W Domu”, September 2012
•    “Świat Obrazu”, “W Domu”, September 2012
•    “National Geographic Polska” February 2012
•    “Tygodnik Polityka”, report in the section “Na własne oczy”, “Blow Up”, May 2010

The most important individual exhibitions
               Artistic residency, Galeria BWA Zielona Góra, August 2010
•    Photography exhibition “Blow Up”, Galeria FF, Łódź June 2010
•    Photography exhibition “Przed”, Galeria BWA Zielona Góra, September 2010
•    Photography exhibition “Blow Up”, Galeria FF, Łódź June 2010
•    Photography exhibition “Wakacje w mieście”, Muzeum Fotografii in Bydgoszcz, July 2012
•    Photography exhibition “Wariant 0”, Galeria Entropia, Wrocław, September 2012
•    Exhibition of the finalists of Śląska Fotografia Prasowa 2012, Biblioteka Śląska, Katowice February/March 2013
•    Photography exhibition “W domu”, Centrum Sztuki Galeria EL, Elbląg, Noc Muzeów, May 2013


Colleagues about Agnieszka Prusak:
Agata Saraczyńska, Gazeta Wyborcza: “Agnieszka Prusak is capable of finding beauty in simple things. Her photographs are sensitive regarding social context. In her works, she does not dazzle with poverty, misery and disease, she documents people the way they are”.
Professor Krzysztof Skarbek, ASP Wrocław: “For Agnieszka Prusak I wrote a revision for her Master’s Degree Dissertation in the field of painting at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław. During her studies, she had numerous interesting formal ideas, underlining the idea of her artistic research. She created her works referring to culture and modern civilization. She tried to show her paintings full of positive emotions in the context of social activities. She is an artist for whom humanistic content constitutes the essence of creating”.
Piotr Pytlakowski, journalist of the weekly “Polityka”: “Agnieszka Prusak is a painter who instead of a brush and canvas uses a camera. She captures people’s faces, but actually she presents human souls. Her photographs pull up the curtains behind which anxiety, suffering and uncertainty hide, i.e. all feelings which are bashfully hidden from the world. It is not an easy task; one needs to have talent and great sensitivity to take photographs in such a way”.