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  6.06-29.07.2018 - “Dreamatorium” series is exhibited as a part of main programme of Athens Photo Festival
 in Benaki Museum, Athens 



       “Object of Desire”, 2017 (“Dreamatorium” series)  is  exhibited 24.05-24.06.2018
        at PhotoEast UK  Festival in Suffolk #ibelong


          “Dreamatorium”, 2017-2018 - shortlisted to BJP IPA 2018 

               press link: here 

                    pop-up space installation, Warsaw, 2017

“Tweet your postcard”, 2017, Naples curated by Giuseppe Ruffo





BEIRUT ART FAIR 16 REVEALING BY SGBL BANK, 13-20.09.2016  -  more info

Beirut Art Fair via IFA Gallery - more info


09.07-18.09.2016 - IFA Gallery, Brussels
- with Zane Mellupe, Yulim Song, Jinhwa Jung, Ju Young Ban

a group show on the subject of “the line”, curved and blurred in an exploration of sensuality. The exhibition proposes the highly personal approach to the subject by ve artists of different cultural origins: Korean, Latvian and Polish.
ARTFORUM guide to exhibition - click here

ING x UNSEEN Talent Award 2016 - long listed

The Phenomena of False Memories" project http://cargocollective.com/paulinasurys/1-1


England Fallen - 07.04 - 08.05.2015
NUE galerie, 35 rue Lucien Sampaix 75010 Paris, France


Exhibition in NUE galerie, featuring body of work with archival collections by Gareth Pugh, initially shot for 10th anniversary of Wonderland magazine and styled by Matthew Josephs.

The show presents both traditional hand crafted gelatin silver prints as well as Polaroids and innovative 3d photosculptures - unique objects made of mass produced toys and recycled building waste as a base for hand printed gelatin silver prints and the 3D construction is a response to current obsession with (2D) computer and smart phone screen and short attention spam towards images.
In a culture of speed-dating, quick fixes, fast food and increasing incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder being effect of civilization that prefers those who can synchronously email/tweet/instant message/phone call and Skype while live blogging… an affluence of data creates a deficiency of attention.
The 3D construction of the photograph interferes with human perception and forces the viewer to look longer and repeatedly rediscover the image.


Unique Editions - 05.12.2015 - 06.03.2016

duo exhibition with Zane Mellupe
IFA Gallery Rue des Renards 28, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium


From Walter Benjamin (The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1936) to Roland Barthes (Camera Lucida, 1980), the 20th century has mostly taken photography as a multipliable art form. « What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once. » wrote Roland Barthes. In this exhibition, two artists, Zane Mellupe and Paulina Surys, take a different stance towards photography as a unique art piece.
Photography here frees itself from the two-dimensional medium, exploring both new artistic fields and technical supports, becoming thus a physical object, a unique creation. We rediscover the emotion contained in that instant through a no longer reproductable picture, since its reality has already been altered by the artist’s own hand.
Studying photography since the age of 14, in Riga, London and Shanghai, Zane Mellupe conceives her artistic works as a way of « thinking in images ». Her installations, or multi-medium photographic works, centre around the hidden interpretations of our emotions. She employs the photographic medium as a tool that inspires her creative process. As such, her installations are often composed of everyday objects with an added photographic element, the collision of two universes from which arise new meanings. Zane Mellupe takes to an extreme the language of objects and photography, bringing together different materials, employing innovative techniques of printing on metal, wood, material, or even intervening manually on the negatives. Her artistic approach could be considered a return through sensuality to the original meaning of photography, that of capturing sensations of reality.
A recurrent element in the work of the artist, the photographed body, becomes an object itself. It is often presented naked, in foetal position, curled up, closed off and solitary. In « Functions or speaking in the terms of tools », the naked body of a woman is printed on the interior of a carpenter’s toolbox. The object becomes the visual metaphor of different roles and uses of the feminine body. The photography of Zane Mellupe cannot be read in isolation from their integrated object, giving a poetic narrative of thei history. The work of Zane Mellupe, in all its variations, consists in a questioning of photography, treating the image as an object, and at the same time multiplying the suggestions power of the image.

Paulina Surys studied at the National Art Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw (Poland) before her studies in photography in London. Her approach to photography is inspired in classic visual references while employing a singular and modern method. She uses entirely argentic photography, not only for its aesthetic value but also for the magic of the chemical reaction, fixing objects and people to a unique result, unlike in digital photography. The traditional process of photographic development cannot be dissociated from the work of the artist, it is the motor of his artistic creation.
Printing in black and white is a basis allowing an ulterior intervention of colour, collage, embroidery or other materials. Influenced by surrealism, the creative act must, through photography, proceed from an instinctive state arising from the depths of the subconscious. Paulina Surys uses in a particular way Baryta matte paper, which was used in the 19th century for portraits, by Nadar among others. Her photographs, embellished with the stroke of her paintbrush, create an experimental universe inspired by Georges Bataille evoking eroticism, narcissism, death, manipulation, beauty and love. They become timeless photographic objects.
The artist uses also the Polaroid, another approach to point out the unique photographic work. Invented in 1948, this instant film allows for errors, imperfections; it can only be produced once. Paulina Surys creates using this technique spontaneous clichés, repainted, pasted or even stitched to create unique photographic objects. This appears in her series « Notes of Blindness », in which she seeks to transcribe a seemingly imperceptible truth through piercing her clichés with threads that penetrate the body. The resulting work affirms itself, sensual, provocative and surrealist.

2015 - Lovers’ Discord, KONTOR Projects – part of COPENHAGEN ART WEEK

– group show with Alasdair Duncan, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Esther Teichmann and Alana Lake, Copenhagen , Denmark

RPPC Rencontres Parisiennes de la Photographie Contemporaine#7
via NUE Gallerie, Paris, France

Group show, Museum of Erotism, Warsaw, Poland

4th July 2012, Reconres d'Arles, France
-presentation/talk at International Photography Festival In Arles via The British Journal of Photography.