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Mia Dudek is a Polish artist,  working between London, Lisbon and Warsaw. Dudek graduated from the London College of Communication in 2012 and in 2016 completed her MA at the Royal College of Art, London, as a recipient of a Leverhulme Scholarship Award for her distinctive portfolio.  In 2019 she began PhD in Sculpture at the University if Lisbon Faculty of Belas Artes.

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. In 2018 she has received the Special Jury Anamorphosis Prize for her self-published book MDAM, which is now in MoMA Library Collection in New York.  In May 2019 Art Forum has featured in Critic’s Pick her Marsyas show in Galerist, Istanbul curated by Nick Hackworth. 


The main focus of Mia Dudek's work is addressing the legacy of brutalist architecture and its relationship to the body, investigating notions of displacement and 'organ habitation’.The work asks: Can a dwelling considered to be a body with skin and entrails? Is the body a form of erotic architecture? The artist investigates the notion of broken physicality between individuals and represents the abstracted, fragmented body, detaching and reformalising it into new structures. Restrictive environments are inescapable but also contain otherwise formless and fluid bodies that threaten to spill over the borders of inanimate structures.


The veins in Mia Dudek’s 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, a large concrete structures through which Dudek has echoed the texture of the skin, metamorphosing and embodying sensory consciousness to an unyielding, inanimate object. Her work tries to build a physical poetics of holes as conduits for an engagement with the audience to address questions of boundaries and proximity.  It has been an extended and ongoing attempt to represent alienation in depictions of compromised human physicality. Her works are shot through with a sense of claustrophobia – of ourselves being repressed by our bodies, and our bodies being repressed and contained by the physical world.


Dudek's work expands the conventions of photography, by making physical installations that incorporate concrete, synthetic materials like latex and security barriers, which are in creative tension with the photographic print.





Education:

2023 - 2019 PhD Sculpture, Belas Artes, Lisbon, PT
2016 - 2014 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2012 - 2009 BA Photography, London College of Communication, London, UK






Upcoming Exhibitions: 


2021   Amuse Bouche, Group Show, Galeria Foco, April 2021, Lisbon, PT
                Arco Lisboa 2021, Solo Booth, Galeria Foco, May 2021, Lisbon PT

              


Past Exhibitions:


2020

Feelers, Solo Show, Galeria Foco, Lisbon, PT
Arco Lisboa 2020 (Virtual Edition), Group Presentation by Galeria Foco, Lisbon, PT
Fragile Surface-Fluid Mass, Martch Art, Istanbul,TU
Laend,skeip,Thirdbase, Lisbon, PT



2019 

Erro, Homem Mau, Lisbon, PT 
Life Framer Photography Prize, Officine Fotografiche, Milan, IT
A Small Gesture A Great Help, Charity Exhibition for Children of Mozambique, Palácio do Correio Velho, Lisbon, PT
Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Represented by Galeria Foco, Booth 206, Istanbul,TU
MDAM self published book presented at Arts Libris,ARCO Lisboa, PT
Marysas, Mia Dudek & Arda Asena, curated by Nick Hackworth, Galerist, Istanbul, TU
MDAM self published book presented at Arts Libris, ARCO Lisboa, PT
Capitulo I, Group Show,  AMAC, Lisbon, PT


2018       

Geometric Shape Dissolved. The Body Collapsed - Solo Show, Azan Space, Lisbon, Portugal
Artist Talk & Presenation, Foco Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
Mia Dudek and Tulio Dek, Azan Space, Lisbon, Portugal
Process, Group Show, Azan Space, Lisbon, Portugal

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, U
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, U
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


Art Fairs:

2020

Arco Lisboa 2020 (Virtual Edition), Galeria Foco, Lisbon, PT

2019

Contemporary Istanbul, Galeria Foco, Booth B206
Arts Libris,ARCO Lisboa,Ateier Concorde,Book Stand,PT

2017

Unseen, Plantation Journal, Book Stand, Amsterdam, NL
Photo London, Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award 2017, UK
Offprint London, Plantation Journal, Book Stand,Tate Modern, London, UK



Residencies:

2018

6 months residency, Azan Space, Lisbon, PT



Collections: 

MoMA Library, New York City, USA
Libreria Marini Collection, Rome, Italy 
Franklin Furnace Archive in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Madelski Collection, Poland
Claire Corrigan Collection, UK 
Franz Schwarz Collection, Austria

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



Awards:


Life Framer, The Body Award, USA - Shortlisted

Imago Lisboa, Portfolio Award, PT - Shortlisted

Life Framer, Civilisation Award, USA - Winner

Athens Photo Festival, 2019, Athens, GR - Shortlisted

Jerwood / Photoworks Award 2018, London, UK - Shortlisted

The Anamorphosis Prize 2018, New York City, USA - Special Jury Mention Winner

Magnum Photos Graduate Photographers Award 2017, Photo London, UK - Shortlisted

Leverhulme Trust, Royal College of Art, London, UK - Winner of the 1st Award

Micheal Wilson Prize, London College of Communication, London, UK - Winner of the 2nd Award

BorderBody. Mixing Cities, Bari, Italy - Winner of the Young Talents Award



Press:

Marsyas, Mia Dudek & Arda Asena, Critics’ Pick, ArtForum, May, 2019 
Artists Who Have Made Lisbon Home, Culture Trip, July 2018 
Nines,  The Fall Magazine, March 2018 
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