Agnieszka Kozlowska is a Polish artist and researcher who explores the potential of photographic objects – understood as physical traces rather than purely as images – to communicate embodied experience of remote natural environments, especially mountains. She earned her PhD from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Kozlowska’s practice stems from experiments in the medium of photography and is driven by a fascination with the moment of photographic exposure, when a tangible link is formed between the light-sensitive surface and the physical world. Carrying a self-constructed 10×8 camera, she performs solitary walks across uninhabited landscapes to make photographic exposures that are several hours long. Usually only one work can be made in a day, and only in very strong sunlight. She continuously researches unconventional light-sensitive materials that allow her to make unique photographic artefacts directly in the camera. Those imperfect techniques make palpable the struggle of material to form a photographic image. The artistic control over the outcome is limited – her works are products of particular environments, weather conditions and chance occurrences as much as they are influenced by the artist’s intervention.

Her works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Europe. The ‘Carved by Light’ project has been supported by Arts Council England, Polish Institute in Berlin, and Culture.pl. It has been selected in the Forecast mentoring programme in Berlin, developed with the guidance of photographer Bas Princen and shown in a solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland (2016).


Dent d'Herens location shot

photo credit: Freo Majer