Mia Dudek (b.1989) is a Polish artist based in London whose practice is directly influenced by mass housing constructions and the global phenomena of urbanisation. She explores existential encounters of the body and the alienation of the individual within urban fabrics. Dudek graduated from the London College of Communication in 2012 and recently completed an MA at the Royal College of Art, London, as a recipient of a Leverhulme scholarship award for her distinctive portfolio. Through her practice she investigates the idea of assemblage and connection between synthetic materials and different photographic techniques. Dudek’s work has been featured in a number of exhibitions around Europe as well as in publications, including Source Magazine, LYNX Contemporary and 24 Artists to Watch by Modern Painters, December 2014.


With her works, Mia Dudek investigates the idea of a broken physicality between individuals. Dudek represents an abstracted, fragmented body, sometimes split into two, detaching and reformalising it into new structures. The veins in the depicted models’ skin conjure a sense of fragility and allude to a translucent and corporeal surface that has sensitivity to touch. She confronts not only her photographic works but also viewers with works like Body Recasts I or II, a large concrete walls through which Dudek has echoed the texture of the skin, metamorphosing and embodying sensory consciousness to an unyielding, inanimate object. She has created holes through the sculptures, which connote a sense of the physicality being broken and a rupture in the barrier that allows for human interconnectivity. At the same time, these elements suggest ‘glory holes’, holes located in partition walls made to facilitate anonymous sex between humans, and generate further a discussion of detached sexuality. Other elements such as metal fence also symbolise restriction and limitation; silicon alludes to carnality, physiology, body fluids as well artificial body gadgets.


Mia Dudek's works have one mutual and strong concern - brutality, violence and power of the architecture; representing hermetic exteriors and their horizons endlessly bounded. Restrictive environments are inescapable but also contain otherwise formless and fluid bodies that threaten to spill over the borders of inanimate structures. Through concentrated moments of assimilating herself to the surroundings, Mia Dudek is interested in Kafka's idea of home specifically designed prison for everyday existence as well as the Lynchian machinery of living or threat.





Education:


2016 - 2014 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2012 - 2009 BA Photography, London College of Communication, London, UK 


Exhibitions:

2017 MDAM, Unseen Amsterdam, NL
            We Are One, Group Show, Gallery S O, London, UK
            Skinscapes, Group Show, Unit1, London, UK
            Self Identification, Photography Institute, Warsaw, Poland
            MDAM, Offprint London, Tate Modern, London, UK
            MDAM, Mia Dudek & Alix Marie, Roman Road, London, UK

2016  S.KIN,  Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton, UK 
              Degree Show 2016, Royal College of Art, London, UK
              Offprint London, Tate Modern, London, UK

2015 Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2014 BorderBody. Mixing Identities, International Art Expo, Mediteraneo Centro Artistico,    
             Malaga, Spain

2013 BorderBody. Mixing Cities, International Art Expo, Palazzo Ferrara, Bari, Italy

2012 Degree Show, London College of Communication, London, UK

2011 Art Against Knives, Boxpark Shoreditch, London, UK
            The Third Factor Part 2, The Sassoon Gallery, London, UK
            The Third Factor, The Sassoon Gallery, London, UK
            Few & Far Between Part 2, The Rag Factory, London, UK
            Few & Far Between, The Rag Factory, London, UK


Collections: 


Madelski Collection, Poland
Claire Corrigan Collection, UK 

Private Colelction, Warsaw, Poland 
Private Collection, Wroclaw, Poland 
Private Collection, London, UK



Awards:

Shortlisted for the Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award 2017, Photo London
Leverhulme Trust RCA Award, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Shortlisted for the Micheal Wilson Prize, London College of Communication, London, UK
BorderBody. Mixing Cities Young Talents Award, Bari, Italy


Press:

Volatile Borders, Hybrid Bodies, LYNX Contemporary, May 2017
Skin, On This Day Photography, April 2017
Structures of Sexuality: Mia Dudek at Roman Road, Sirens Magazine, May 2017 
Love and Sex with Robots, Screenshot Magazine, January 2017
Fine Art. Why Does it take a Lifetime? Young Artists,
1Granary, December 2016
Graduate Photography 2016, Source Magazine, August 2016
RCA Photography Curiously Austere But Edgy at 2016 Degree Show,  Artlyst, July 2016
Narrative In Print / Narrative as Print, Screenshot Magazine, May 2016
24 Artists To Watch, Modern Painters, December 2014
Young Talents, Jotta Magazine, January 2013
The Third Factor, Jotta Magazine, November 2011
The Third Factor, Artlicks, November 2011
The Third Factor, Jotta Magazine, July 2011
The Third Factor, Creative Review, June 2011
The Third Factor, CIPR Conversation, June 2011
The Third Factor, Arte Sostenible, May 2011
Few & Far Between, Dazed & Confused, January 2011