Approved: 16.08.2006

Penny Klepuszewska

Artist, Writer, Researcher

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Approved: 16.08.2006

In a bittersweet memory from childhood, Klepuszewska remembers scratching the surface of a family photograph after imagining that another picture, another world, might exist underneath. 'A few scratches, a small innocently destructive gesture, and the familiar faces disappeared into non-existence. What a huge disappointment to discover that there was nothing under the surface just whiteness. Photography, it seems to me, is a small empty rectangular space waiting to be filled. From this space a world comes into existence'.

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Residencies, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Creative writing, Photographic documentation
  • Categories: Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, Research, Sound, Text

Biography

In a bittersweet memory from childhood, Klepuszewska remembers scratching the surface of a family photograph after imagining that another picture, another world, might exist underneath. 'A few scratches, a small innocently destructive gesture, and the familiar faces disappeared into non-existence. What a huge disappointment to discover that there was nothing under the surface just whiteness. Photography, it seems to me, is a small empty rectangular space waiting to be filled. From this space a world comes into existence'.

Intrinsic to her work are the details and scenes, the small fragilities and brutalities of contemporary human existence. The underlying themes of separation, solitude, isolation and exclusion persist concurrently with an exploration of the spaces we inhabit and the objects with which we surround ourselves. From an intimate, engaged and often playful process of collection and collaboration, she creates both accounts of the real world and self-contained fictions, developing work that incorporates photography, text, and sound. She has gained recognition for producing well-researched, high quality and thought-provoking work that reflects upon issues concerning contemporary life, our social environment and conditions of living.

CV & Education

Education

2006 MA Photography, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London

2003 – BA Photography, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

2002 Exchange Programme, Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts, Lodz, Poland

2000 A Level Art / A Level History of Art, Park Lane College, Leeds

 

Exhibitions

2014 Two Moons on the Shore, a Wind-up Bird in Norwegian Wood: Haruki Murakami & Contemporary Art, curated by Ayelet Zohar, CONTEMPORARY by GOLCONDA Gallery, Tel Aviv  

PROJECT 05 - Nicky Hirst / Penny Klepuszewska / Tom Lovelace, curated by Sarah Page, Contemporary Art Society, London  

2013 Penny Klepuszewska - Living Arrangements / End Part, The Art House, Wakefield

2012 6th Arte Laguna International Art Prize Exhibition, curated by Igor Zanti, The Arsenale, Venice

2011 Obbiettivo Donna, curated by 3/3, Officine Fotografiche, Rome

Echoes of Home - Penny Klepuszewska / Elaine Tribley / Jonathan Mosley / Sophie Warren, curated by Nora Belovai / Helen Spence, Mint Hotel / Whitechapel Gallery, London

FotoGrafia Award, ROMA - The Road to Contemporary Art: Pieter Hugo / Eva Leitolf / Penny Klepuszewska, curated by Marco Delogu, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome / FotoGrafia X Edizione International Photography Festival, Rome

Su Palatu Surrau International Photography Award: Eva Leitolf / Giuliano Matteucci / Penny Klepuszewska / Jonas Petronis / Massimiliano T. Rezza, curated by Sonia Borsato / Salvatore Ligios, Café Aroma Photogalerie, Berlin

Su Palatu Surrau International Photography Award: Eva Leitolf / Giuliano Matteucci / Penny Klepuszewska / Jonas Petronis / Massimiliano T. Rezza, curated by Sonia Borsato / Salvatore Ligios, Academy of Fine Art, Sassari, Sardinia

2010 NAKED - Sight / Recognition / Doubt, curated by Kristin Dittrich, F/Stop International Festival of Photography, Leipzig

The Construction of a Photography Book, curated by 3/3, Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata, Rome

Collaborators2, curated by Sandie Macrae / Remy Hoche, ROOM, London

2009  Photography Is Dead, selected by Simon Bainbridge - British Journal of Photography, curated by Rhubarb Rhubarb, Three White Walls Gallery / Rhubarb Rhubarb International Review, Birmingham

ANIMALISM - Jill Cole / Penny Klepuszewska / Chrystel Lebas / Angela Bartram / Thijs Wassink / James Mollison, curated by Greg Hobson, National Media Museum, Bradford

Penny Klepuszewska - Living Arrangements, curated by Patrick Macauley, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

2008 ZOO Art Fair with ROOM, curated by Sandie Macrae, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Future50, curated Liz Aston / Ceri Hand, Project Space, Leeds

Family Archives: Lost and Found, curated by Professor Val Williams, Communication Space Skolska 28, Prague

A Less Common Occupation: Women in Farming, curated by Aune Head Arts, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

ARTfutures, curated by Jeni Walwin, Bloomberg Space, London

I wouldn’t like to live in the open air but sometimes I would: Takahiro Iwasaki / Penny Klepuszewska, curated by Sandie Macrae / Tamsin Clark, ROOM, London

Penny Klepuszewska - Living Arrangements, Yorkshire ArtSpace, Sheffield

2007 Future Map 07, curated by Eamonn Maxwell / Media Cohan-Petrolino, Arts Gallery, University of the Arts, London

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2007, curated by Nigel Cooke / Linda Nordan / Michael Landy, New Art Gallery, Birmingham / Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester / Rochelle School, London

LE OFF, Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie, Arles

Descubrimientos / PhotoEspana International Festival of Photography & Visual Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid

How We Are: Photographing Britain, curated by Professor Val Williams / Susan Bright, Tate Britain, London

2006 Ian Parry Award Exhibition, Getty Images Gallery, London

Penny Klepuszewska - End Part, Pickford's House Museum, EXPOSURE Format Photography Festival, Derby

FotoGrafia V Edizione International Photography Festival, curated by Marco Delogu, Tempio di Adriano, Rome

MA Final Show, curated by Anne Williams / Wiebke Leister, The Galleries, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London

2005 ArtSway 05, curated by Peter Bonnell, ArtSway Contemporary Visual Art in the New Forest, Sway

Family Archives: Lost and Found, curated by Professor Val Williams, Eckersley Gallery, London

 

Commissions / Residencies

2014-16 DEMENTIA & IMAGINATION Research Artist Commission, Arts for Health, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester / Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham / Bangor University, Bangor

2013  STRARTA ART FAIR Campaign Photography Commission, Saatchi Gallery, London

ARTS & KINDNESS Photography Commission, People United, Canterbury

2007 Limited Edition Print Series Commission, Pavilion, Leeds

2006 WOMEN IN FARMING Residency / New Works Commission, Aune Head Arts, Dartmoor

2005 SMALL HISTORIES FROM SMALL POLAND Residency / New Works Commission, Grybow Elderly Institute / Malopolska Gallery, Gorlice, Poland

2004  Studio Residency, Florence Trust, London

 

Prizes / Awards

2013 Juliet Gomperts Award, Juliet Gomperts Trust, London

2012  Shortlisted, 1000 Words Award for European Photographers, 1000 Words Photography Magazine, London

Finalist, 6th Arte Laguna International Art Prize, The Arsenale, Venice

2011  Honourable Mention, FotoGrafia - The Road to Contemporary Art Award, Rome

2010  Nominee / Finalist (nominated by Maurizio Valdarnini), Surrau Photo Win International Photography Award, Su Palatu Cultural Space for Photography, Sassari, Sardinia

Finalist, NAKED - Sight / Recognition / Doubt Photography Prize, F/Stop International Festival of Photography, Leipzig

Publishing Prize Winner, The Construction of a Photography Book, workshop with Rinko Kawauchi, Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata, Rome

2009 Honourable Mention, International Photography Awards, Los Angeles

Nominee / Shortlisted (nominated by Sue Steward), Vauxhall Collective, London

2008 Nominee (nominated by Greg Hobson), Northern Art Prize, Leeds

Nominee / Shortlisted, Danny Wilson Memorial Award, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton

Grant for the Arts, Arts Council England, Yorkshire

Photography Bursary, National Media Museum, Bradford

Nominee (nominated by Peter Bonnell), SOHO Commission, ArtSway / The Photographers' Gallery, London

2007 Nominee / Shortlisted, Lucie Awards - International Photographer of the Year - Deeper Perspective, New York

First Prize, International Photography Awards - UK Photographer of the Year - Deeper Perspective, London

First Prize, International Photography Awards - Deeper Perspective, Los Angeles

Nominee / Shortlisted, Grieve & Samaritans Art Prize, London

Shortlisted, PhotoEspana Descubrimientos Award, Madrid

Shortlisted, LE OFF Rencontres Internationale de la Photographie Award, Arles

Finalist, Baume & Mercier International Photography Award, Rome

2006  First Prize, Sproxton Contemporary Photography Award, London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London

Grant for the Arts, Arts Council England, Yorkshire

Grant, British Council, London

Grant, Ministry of Culture & National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Krakow, Poland

First Prize, British Journal of Photography / Nikon Endframe Award, London

2005 First Prize, Next Level Magazine / Audi Vorsprung durch Technik Contemporary Photography Awards, London

2004 Joint First Prize, UK Art Prize Channel 5 Big Art Challenge, London

 

Collections

2014  Prints acquired for collection, Museum of Mental Health, Wakefield

Prints acquired for collection, People United, Canterbury

2012  Prints acquired for collection, Arts Council of England, Haywood Gallery, Southbank Centre, London

2010 Prints acquired for collection, Su Palatu Cultural Space for Photography, Sassari, Sardinia

Prints acquired for collection, F/Stop International Festival of Photography, Leipzig, Germany

2009 Prints acquired for collection, National Media Museum, Bradford

2007 Prints acquired for collection, Pavilion, Leeds

Prints acquired for collection, University of the Arts, London

Prints acquired for collection, The Photographers' Gallery Print Room, London

               

Publications

2013 Conditions for Kindness - Article by Jo Broadwood / Sarah Fox, Arts Professional, Cambridge

2011 FotoGrafia X Edizione - Catalogue with text by Marco Deluge, Rome

2010 Living Arrangements - Monograph with text by Rinko Kawauchi, Edizione Postcart Publishing House, Rome

Journal of Photography & Culture Volume 3 - Journal cover image, edited by Professor Val Williams / Kathy Kubicki / Alison Nordstrom, Oxford

Surrau Photo Win International Prize Su Palatu - Catalogue with a foreword by Sonia Borsato, Villenova Monteleone, Sardinia

2008 Northern Art Prize - Catalogue with a foreword by Pippa Hale, Leeds

Fringe Benefits - Article by Sue Steward British Journal of Photography, London

Takahiro Iwasaki / Penny Klepuszewska - Article by Wiebke Gronemeyer Whitehot Magazine, London

In Bloom - Article by Diane Smyth British Journal of Photography, London

Next Generation - Our Stars of Tomorrow Article Wallpaper Magazine, London

2007 Bloomberg New Contemporaries - Catalogue with a foreword by Sacha Craddock, London

How We Are: Photographing Britain - Catalogue with a foreword by Stephen Deuchar, London

Living Arrangements - Photo-essay International Journal of Epidemiology Oxford University Press, Oxford

Where to with Grandma? - Article by Bill Kouwenhoven Hotshoe Contemporary Photography Magazine, London

2006 Fieldstudy 8 - Catalogue PARC Photography & the Archive Research Centre, London

Old Stories - Article by Sean Louth British Journal of Photography, London

Fotografie - Catalogue with texts by Simon Bainbridge / Wiebke Leister, Gorlice, Poland

FotoGrafia V Edizione - Catalogue with text by Marco Delogu, Rome

2005 Storytellers - Article Next Level Contemporary Photography Magazine, London

 

Artist Talks / Workshops

2014 I’m Not Quite Myself Today, Artist Talk, Museum of Mental Health, Wakefield

2013 Living Arrangements / End Part, Artist Talk, The Art House, Wakefield

2010 The Construction of a Photography Book, Artist Talk,  Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata, Rome

  Constructing Still life, Participatory Workshop, Wakefield Museum, Wakefield

2009 Animalism, Artist Talk, National Media Museum, Bradford

2006 Vision, Artist Talk, British Journal of Photography, London

  Just One Image, Artist Seminar, PARC Photography & the Archive Research Centre, London