25th January - 6th February
Unreal Stories was the first solo show of Anna Katarzyna Domejko, presenting new paintings and installations, drawing upon her continued investigation of contemporary world affairs. She sources her imagery from popular culture, particularly from the internet, newspapers and television. Her powerful, passionate and predominantly figurative paintings address difficult, sometimes controversial topics.
Domejko's representation of armed conflicts, political unrest and memorable events is indirect and filtered through mass media. She constantly questions the way we perceive bloody events transmitted to us every day and reveals the social, psychological and political aspects of these images.
For Unreal Stories Domejko reflected and commented on recent events including the Ukrainian Euromajdan and the Middle Eastern conflict, however the core of her work remains universal. Her paintings and installations explore blurred boundaries between the unreal and real stories told in the mass media. The exhibition presents the series of oil paintings, water-coloured self-portraits, new installations and an animation created in collaboration with a sound artist Emilia Moniszko.
Anna Katarzyna Domejko studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łodz, Poland and her works were shown in the UK, Poland, Lithuania and the USA. She was selected for the Stage 2 of the John Moores Painting Prize 2014 and took part in Associate Member’s Open, LIMBO Substation Project Space, Margate - selected by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, and Sarah Martin, Head of Exhibitions, Turner Contemporary. Domejko lives and works in Birmingham, UK.
The exhibition was curated by Roma Piotrowska.