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Ada Zielińska

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My name is Ada Zielińska, I am from Warsaw, Poland. I am a visual artist, working in the field of photography and installation. In 2016, I graduated with a Master degree from the “Media Art” faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Most recently I studied at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic.

In my works I am exploring the idea of destruction and documenting the catastrophe that surrounds me, confronting myself with material disintegration. This artistic practice serves me as a specific self-therapy, an attempt to control what is inevitably going to end. My fascination towards destruction constantly evolves. It manifests in the series Automotive Skills (staging car crashes on the purpose of photography); Cold Juxtaposition (a comparison study of defects on cars and humans); or Pyromaniac’s Manual book, in which I arranged car fires to catch the furious moment of disintegration. My latest on-going project is Post-Tourism.

Through-out my practice, I have documented meaningful moments in the modern history of Poland — i.e the Czarny Protest in 2016, and in 2018 my photograph “Independence Day” was widely acclaimed. It was announced as the Picture of the Year by portal in 2018, and the same year it was included in the Harvard Library’s collection “Independence March Collection”.