The Higashikawa Awards 2017

Overseas Photographer Award

The 33rd Higashikawa Award Winners - Overseas Photographer Award

Anna Orłowska

Lives in Warsaw, Poland

For her ‘Case study: invisibility’ Series (2012-2014) and other series.

Born in Opole, located in the south-west part of Poland in 1986. Graduated from the Photography Department of the National Film School in Łódź in 2011. Completed an undergraduate degree at the Institute of Creative Photography in the Czech Republic in 2013.
 In 2010, her work was scheduled for “ReGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today”, an exhibition showcasing the works of 80 up and coming young photographers from 30 different countries. The exhibition toured the world starting in the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.
 Awarded a Photo Global award of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyeres, France, receiving one-year scholarship at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
 Her graduation project ‘Leakage’ (2011) consists of images both tranquil and surreal, such as a baby laid among tree branches and a group portrait of with a zombie in the background receiving increased recognition such as being featured in the Rencontres d’ Arles 2015.
 Her sequence of photographs in ‘Case study: invisibility’ (2012-2014) feature a variety of scenes invoking invisible presences, such as stills photography from the movie “The Invisible Man”, a secluded mental institution on the outskirts of town, and a pink unicorn.
 In her works ‘Effortless exercise’ (2016-), she uses paraffin on photographs to produce effects which draw out underlying images according to the temperature.
 She searches for hidden meaning, subconscious, fear, fantasy in the borders between reality and illusion with invisible presence in everyday life as a theme.

Artist comments

I am very pleased to receive Higashikawa Overseas Award. Many great artists have received it before me and I feel honoured to find my name among them. I am not very good with words so let me just say THANK YOU to the Jury and the Higashikawa community for this amazing gift.
 I consider art a way of rethinking and reinterpreting the world in order to see things, which are not widespread and common but often hidden and difficult. It means focusing on details, small stories or phenomenons that I find meaningful but in the same way omitted by the mainstream conversation. Photography is a great opportunity to depict things in a simple way and then transform them into complex question marks. This medium from which I have gained my artistic perspective is the one that strongly affects and determines contemporary world, even though we are all already image blind.

                                            Anna Orłowska

  • The group portrait, 2011

    from the series "Leakage"
    pigment inkjet print on archival paper
    40x50 cm

  • Discarded sculptures (dark pink), 2016

    pigment inkjet print on archival paper mounted on dibond
    140x93cm

  • The hole, 2012

    from the series "Case study: invisibility"
    pigment inkjet print on archival paper
    90x71, 150x118 cm

  • Model of the castle, 2014

    from the series "Case study: invisibility"
    pigment inkjet print on archival paper, waxed oak wood frame

    caption: A nursing home for mentally disabled boys and men in a former hunting castle built by Count Andrzej Renard in 1856. It is located 5 km away from the town of Zawadzkie, Poland, surrounded by vast forest areas, which were once used as a hunting park. Among the animals held there were mouflons, the last one of which was hunted in the nearby grassland in 1950. 3D model of the castle reconstructed and modeled from photographs.

  • Hedge Maze (Winckler’s garden), 2016

    pigment inkjet print on archival paper mounted on dibond, wooden frame, steel pedestal
    90x120x20cm

  • Erotyk 2,3, 2016

    pigment inkjet print on archival paper mounted on dibond, coated with paraffin, steel frame
    56x71cm

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