A Polish Photography and Video Art graduate is celebrating her homeland with an exhibition at MK Gallery Project Space in Milton Keynes.
Karolina Lebek left Poland four years ago to study at the University of Bedfordshire, but her native country was never far from her thoughts.
She said: “I’m so pleased to have been selected, I feel very honoured,”
Karolina’s exhibition, called Landscapes of Poland, explores ideas of memory, distance and emotional loss through a mixture of photos, video and sound.
She said: “I wanted to explore the relationship with my native country and search for identity.
“I always knew that travelling would play a big part in my adult life. It develops personality, the understanding of your own goals and makes you stronger as a person. I knew it was going to be difficult to leave Poland but it’s been a very rewarding experience. The University was the first step of my journey. Who knows what’s going to happen next.”
Her exhibition is part of Showcase 2012, a series of eight, week-long shows at MK Gallery Project Space showcasing the work of current fine art students and recent graduates from institutions and colleges in the vicinity of MK Gallery.
Head of Learning at MK Gallery and Showcase 2012 selection panel member Emma Fry said: “Karolina’s work epitomises the outstanding quality of Showcase 2012. The selection panel was immediately drawn to Karolina’s work, fascinated in particular by the way in which the body of photographs capture her altered perception of Poland’s landscape.”
“MK Gallery is previewing Karolina’s exhibition in the Project Space on Thursday, 13 September from 6pm – at the same time that it launches an exhibition by American abstract photographer James Welling in the main gallery. Everyone is welcome to attend.”
Head of Art and Design at the University Colin Davies said: “The invitation for Karolina to exhibit as part of this prestigious show series is a great boost to her career so soon after graduation. It is testimony to the commitment the Art and Design Department has in forging exciting links with art and design institutions in Milton Keynes.”