Bio

Lena Dobrowolska is an artist working with a combination of documentary photography, documentary film, narrative film, virtual reality, installation and research. Since 2012 she has been working on projects relating to climate change and the Anthropocene with artist collaborator Teo Ormond-Skeaping.

Their ongoing work focuses on the relationship between climate change, development, environmental degradation, human rights and geopolitics with documentary representation. More specifically they examine how the mechanism of othering, and produced by it power relations, are inherently present within documentary representations, as well as within the discourse of climate change alike.

Through a study of the landscape, the portrait and the still life their work considers the shifting cultural meaning of nature, how this is changed by the definition of the Anthropocene and how we may 'decolonize nature'. 

In 2016 they were awarded a Culture and Climate Change research residency supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The University of Sheffield, The Open University and Ashden Trust.


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Future Scenarios, Porto Museum of Natural History, Porto Photography Biennale, Porto

2019   Future Scenarios, Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna

2016   Feedback Loops, Grey House Gallery, Krakow 

2015   Feedback Loops, MpM Gallery, Wroclaw

2014   Time of the Glacier, Czulosc Gallery, Warsaw

2012   Plateau, Czulosc Gallery, Warsaw

2012   Plateau, Photomonth, Krakow


Group Exhibtions

2019   TAXED TO THE MAX ...at least you are not afraid to live life on the brink of chaos Noorderlicht International Photography Festival, Groningen

2018   Human Nature, Fotofestiwal, Lodz

2015   Increased Difficulty of concentration, Fotograf Festival: Documentary Strategies, Prague

2015   16th Test Exposures, Media Art Biennale Wro, Wroclaw

2015   Skin, BWA Wroclaw

2014   Winter is coming, Grey House Gallery, Krakow

2014   Best Diploma’ 14, Great Armoury Asp, Gdansk

2013   AniMos, MoS, Krakow

2013   Skin, Maison de la Photographie, Lille

2012   In progress, Stills, Edinburgh

2012   Genius Loci, Cultural Communication Centre, Klaipeda

2012   Photography Open Salon, Galeria Huit, Arles


Screenings

2019 Future Scenarios, Futures/Intersections, NIDA International Photography Symposium, Nida

2016 Time of the glacier, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

2015   Test Exposures, 16th Media Art Biennale Wro, Wroclaw

2014   Intermedia.mov, KinoLab, CSW Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw

2014   VideoNews, BWA Labirynt , Lublin


Talks

2019   Our planetary home through the lens, Royal Geographical Society, Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire

2018    Artist as a climate change researcher, I-Doc's Symposium, Bristol

2017    2 °C Festival, Arts Admin, London

2016   Time of the glacier, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

2014   Art Camp, Academy of Fine Art, Cracow

2014   Taking Position: a stance on the (imaginary) strategies of the presence in the cultural landscape, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow

2013 Mécanismes pour une entente, Open Lab, MoS, Krakow

2013   Corespondences & Interventions, Staatliche Akademie de Bilden Künste, Stuttgart

2012   Northlight Arts, AiR, Dunbar

2012   Kaliningrad National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kaliningrad

2012   Nida Colony, AiR, Nida 


Awards

2016  Culture and Climate Change: Future Scenarios, Research Residency supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation Prize, Ashden Trust, Sheffield University and Open University

2016 Nomination & Shortlisted: Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography

2016   Shortlisted: European Investment Bank Artists' Development Programme

2016   Finalist/ Slideshow: Grand Prix Fotofestiwal Lodz

2014   Winner, Grey House Prize, Grey House Foundation

2012 Winner, ShowOff, Photomonth Krakow 


Scholarships

2014   Ceepus Mobility Grant, University of Art and Design, Cluj- Napoca, Romania

2013   Erasmus, Staatliche Akademie der Bilden Kunste, Stuttgart, Germany

2012   Municipality Production Grant, AiR Residency, Nida Art Colony, Lithuania


Education

2017- 2019  MA Digital Direction, Royal College of Art, United Kingdom

2012- 2014  MA Fine Art Intermedia, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Poland

2007- 2010  Ba (Hons) Photography, Falmouth University, United Kingdom


Lecturing

2019- present MA Digital Direction, Royal College of Art, London

2016- 2017   Institute of Photography, Falmouth University

2013- 2016   Photography & Film Department, Napier University Edinburgh

2011- 2013   Stills- Scottish Centre for Photography, Edinburgh