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Born in Leszno, Poland
currently Lives & works between Poland and London, UK

enquires: psurys@gmail.com


Paulina's interdisciplinary practice is predominantly lense based and involves the physical manipulation of vernacular images or analogue photographs taken and hand processed by herself - an approach that combines her formal training as a fine art painter with her photographic practice, sculpture and art installation.
Her projects have autobiographical background and focus on womanhood, memories,  and society.


Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland
(painting and sculpture, fine arts)
Middlesex University, London

Awards and Recognitions

 2019 - OFF Bratislava Photo Festival -  dogmatiX ( main exhibitor)
 2018 - FORMAT Festival FOREVER/NOW open call - shortlisted
 2018 - Jerwood/Photoworks Awards - long listed 
 2018 - Brighton Photo Fringe, SOLO Open Call - shortlisted
 2018 - Women in Photography by Royal Photographic Society, UK - “100 HEROINES” - nomination 
 2018 - OBSCURA Photo Festival - Open Call - finalist 
 2018 - Athens Photo Festival -  Open Call - shortlisted 
 2018 - PhotoEast UK Festival - #ibelong18 Open Call finalist
 2018 - Guernsey Photography Festival IPC - Open Call - finalist (Final 10)
 2018 - BJP IPA -shortlisted
 2017 - PHOTO OXFORD  Conceal/Reveal Open Call - TOP 20
 2016 - ING Unseen Talent Award - long listed (UK) 
 2012 - AOP Student Awards - shortlisted

Group Exhibitions / Presentations 

28.07-15.10.2023 - “Fireflies in the Heart”- group exhibition as part of  Tianmu  Lake Meije Art Season, China curated by Zane Mellupe x IFA Gallery China
19.05-17.06.2023 - “Saucisson”- group exhibition curated by: A.Izmaylov, Associate curator: A. Schafrotch, Shtager&Shch Gallery, Fritzovia, London
2023 - A World Beneath The Heels” - group exhibution curated by @Serce.Exhib - Kravitz Contemporary, Soho, London
2022 - Festival of British Photography and Videoart  - Rosphoto Museum St Petersbur organised by A-YA St Petersburg in collabortion with Magnum + University of Greenwich x British Art Council
2021 - “Resten” group exhibition curated by Chantalle Pollier x Cultural Institute (Cultuurcentrum)Menen, Belgium
2019 - 31.10-15.1.2019-  OFF Bratislava Photo Festival -  dogmatiX
2019 - group exhibition curated by Jamie Bull @4fucksakebabes, Goswell Rd, 22 rue de l'Échiquier, 75010, Paris, France
2019 - “Between Bodies” x KING KONG magazine, group show, Capitis Studios, Kronenstraße 71, 10117 Berlin, Germany
2019  - FORMAT Festival FOREVER/NOW
2019 - Matriarchy and Female Muses, group show curated by Giuseppe Ruffo, coGalleries, Berlin, Germany  (- with Boushra Almutakawel, Sasha Kurmaz, Narcissister, Giovani De Angelis, Luo Yang)
2018 -  Brighton Photo Fringe, SOLO Open Call TOP 20 
2018 - OBSCURA Photo Festival - “Multiplicity”
2018 - FONM x Cosmos - Rencontres d’Arles 2018, Arles, France 
2018 - Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece 
2018 - PhotoEast UK Festival #ibelong18
2017-  Luxembourg Art Week, Luxembourg, group show curated by FOCUSART, Christian Neuman - with Gary Webb, Max Dauphin and Christian Neuman
2017  - Warsaw, Poland - preview of "Dreamatorium" project - space installation (a separate space within a group exhibition)
2017 -  " Home" , IFA gallery, Brussels , Belgium
2017 - Conceal/Reveal Photo Oxford, OVADA gallery, Oxford, UK; curated by Tim Clark and Greg Hobson
2017-  “Silence”, group show curated by Giuseppe Ruffo Seoul, Korea 
2016 - "Uncanny Lovers" preview at Slideluck Bydgoszcz as part of Vintage Photo Festival 2016
2016 - Beirut Art Fair 16 REVEALING by SGBL Bank, solo show (IFA)
2016 - “The blurred line”, IFA Gallery, Brussels, group show - with Zane Mellupe, Yulim Song, Jinhwa Jung and Ju Young Ban
2016 – UNIQUE EDIIONS – IFA Gallery, Brussels branch, duo exhibition with Zane Melupe
2015 - 8x8, Hoxton Gallery x IMPOSSIBLE - group show with Scout Willis, Alison Mosshart, Chuck Grant, Kate Bellm, Oliver Blohm, Andrew Millar
2015 - Lovers’ Discord, KONTOR Projects, Copenhagen , Denmark – curated by Alana Lake as part of COPENHAGEN ART WEEK – group show with Alasdair Duncan, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Esther Teichmann and Alana Lake
2013 - Michael Hoppen Gallery, London - SPLINTER Art Fair (curated by Brad Feuerhelm) - with Cristina de Middel, Tereza Zelankova, Eva Stenram, Alix Marie
2013 - Harlan Levey Projects Space, Brussels “On Paraphotography: Uncertainty, the Occult and the Uncanny”, curated by Brad Feuerhelm - with Joel Peter Witkin, Jeffrey Silverthorne, Tereza Zelankova
2012 -"London" Galerie Reitz Stephane Biesenbach, Cologne.
2012 - Les Recontres d"Arles Photo, Arles, France - presentation with British Journal of Photography, Space
2012 -”In Absentia Lucis”, show curated by Liat Chen, London
2012 - AOP Student Awards - Hoxton Gallery, London


-LIMBO, PAULSEN Editions, 2013 

Artist talks

2012 - Les Rencontres d'Arles with The British Journal of Photography
2015 - LCF, University of the Arts London
2016 - LCF, University of the Arts London
2017 - LCF, University of the Arts London
2018 - LCF, University of the Arts London


Der Grief x Fiona Rodgers Guestroom, British Journal of Photography (BJP IPA 2018, Archives in 2017, The Ones to Watch in 2013, Portfolio in 2012 issue), Calvert Journal (2018), FORMAT magazyn #78 (PL), Lens Culture, It's Nice That (2017),Contemporary Lynx (2017 and 2018), Photomonitor (2012), SHOTS magazine, AnOther Magazine (2013), Shortlist magazine (the ones to watch in 2017), Dazed (on Paraphotography, 2013), FOTOGRAFI (Scandinavia, 2012),  Artsy (2017, mention), BLINK (2013), Numéro (2016), L'oeil de La Photographie (2016), ARTS Libre.be, FeatureShoot, The National.ae Arts+Life (2016), FPMAGAZINE, ESPOARTE, Culture Box TV,

Tori Amos x Universal Records
The British Journal of Photography
JALOUSE x La Femme
Another Man x Meadham Kirchoff
Wonderland x Gareth Pugh
Wonderland x CHANEL x Petite Meller
Wonderland x MCQ
Ed Marler x MAC 
I-D+Vice x strut
Interview de .x Live Archives
Dazed x Live Archives
Wonderland x Dan Smith - BASTILLE (cover)
LULA x Zoe Sidal
KINGKONG magazine x Alex Box
Vogue It
NOTION x Rhiannon Styles (portrait commision)

Art Fairs :
2017, Luxembourg Art Week
2017 - Art Pampelonne, Saint Tropez, France 
2017 - KunstRAI Art Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
2017 - Art Breda,The Netherlands 
2017 - SCOPE Art, NYC, USA 
2017 - Rotterdam Contemporary, The Netherlands 
2017 - Arte Fiera, Bologna, Italy

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