Installation by Marta Michalowska featuring a triptych of films: Without Reflection, Without Shadow and Without.
In the triptych of films set in an empty room surrounded by trees and fallen leaves spilling from the screen, Marta Michalowska takes us on a journey through the landscapes of northern Poland and the internal landscapes marked by mourning. We follow a solitary woman to a score by British composer Billy Cowie.
The work was prompted by the powerful image of a claustrophobic house enveloped in grief with all its mirrors covered by white sheets, preventing a tormented soul endlessly bouncing between them. The image provoked an exploration of death and loss. The triptych is a meditation on grief.
Without Reflection and Without Shadow were commissioned by The Wapping Project for the exhibition Undiscovered Landscapes at its now former home, Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, in 2011. The complete triptych of films premiered at the Whitechapel Gallery in September 2016.
Marta Michalowska is an artist and curator working in photography, moving image and installation. Recent projects include a film Drawing in Space, Drawing in Time, 2016, featuring sculptor Julian Wild and animator Meghana Bisineer, funded by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. She is currently working on a book project Sketching in Ashes looking at the city of Lviv, Lvov, Lwów, Lemberg on the intersection of memory, history and geography.
In 2013, Michalowska graduated from MRes at Central Saint Martins focusing on artists’ moving image. In 2009 she successfully finished a documentary course at the prestigious Andrzej Wajda School in Warsaw. From 2003 until 2013, she was the Deputy Director of The Wapping Project, where she curated a number of exhibitions and in 2015 she was appointed as the Director of The Wapping Project. Born in Gdansk, Poland. Lives and works in London.