CALL FOR AN OPEN AIR INSTALLATION 2023
SHIFTERS is an artistic project consisting of an award winning artist book, archival material, video, sound and text. It is a result of the multiple years spent on researching, collating, and editing together archival material related to the history of animal use by Western militaries, intelligence agencies, Red Cross and police forces.
All the images and materials come from the repository of the Internet, and investigate the specific politicized spectacle that unfolds within the research: a spectacle of animals in war and spy programmes showcased online. It tries a new approach to historical discourse, alternating and changing its optics, looking at animal agent / actor, the animal gaze and the animal point of view. Building on concepts such as Éric Baratay’s “history from the animal point of view”, Michel Foucault’s “biopolitics” and Hito Steyerl’s “poor image” as well as new materialist and feminist theories, Bogdańska leads the viewer on an artistic and ethical exploration of the presence of animals within the machinery of Western defense institutions from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s.
Marta Bogdańska (Warsaw) is a visual artist, photographer, cultural producer & filmmaker. She holds an MA in Philosophy from Warsaw University. She studied art at Home Workspace Program in Beirut and gender studies in Warsaw. She graduated from the Academy of Photography, School of Looking & Open Institute in Warsaw. Currently she is attending School of Ecopoetics in Poland. Marta lived in Lebanon for 8 years. She ran international cultural projects. The artist is a Talent of “Futures Photography”, a member of the Archive of Public Protests (APP) & Women Photograph. Her book SHIFTERS won the PHotoESPAÑA Best International Photography Publication of the Year 2022. It was nominated for Kassel Dummy Award, Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles & MACK First Book Award. Marta was awarded “Konrad Pustoła” & “Selma Lagerlöf” Scholarships. Recently she was shortlisted for “Allegro” Prize. She won the Talent of The Year Award in Photography in 2020. Together with APP she got the “Views Award 2021”. Marta’s works were exhibited & published internationally.