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Karolina Lebek

MA work

Areas of affective sights

This project is an attempt at creating a stage for invocation of the past, where objects become redefined as impossible surfaces with collision of functions, temporalities and emotive registers. 

Through those distressed surfaces, the camera renders a sense of domestic suffocation, revealing an uncomfortable subtext, witnessing repression and shame. The events are unfolding slowly, with an underlying taboo that may not be revealed. The moving image piece becomes activated through sound, which builds tension that will not find release, and creates an environment in the gallery space that a viewer steps into. By using objects that are familiar, I'm trying to create associations with home as the most uncanny place , simultaneously providing space for the viewer to imagine narratives that will not be realised, installing anxiety. 

The temporal and profane objects from an ignored world of the domestic and the everyday, realize a spiritual aura and behave less as objects and more as presences in front of the camera, pointing towards a different potential phenomenon outside of their immediate environment, creating a fictional ritual that takes place in the studio. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2016

  • My practice is an investigation of phenomenon of the sacred, with particular interest in object-oriented ontology and animism. Exploring themes of shame, sexuality, ritual and myth, it pivots around a de-hierarchicalisation of “things”and sentience. 

    Through desire to capture the effect of memory, I'm expressing subtle and perturbing worlds and building my own lexicon of symbolic language which is populated by unspoken narratives, haunting material mysteries and taboo consciousnesses.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Photography and Video Art, University of Bedfordshire, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Uncertain States, Four Corners Gallery, London, 2015; MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2015; Sensing Grounds, The Horse Hospital, London, 2015; Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; RCA Photography Open House, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Group show, Lilk Gallery, London, 2013; Different Endings, Departure Lounge Gallery, Luton, 2012; Group show, Lilk Gallery, London, 2012; Fragmentations and Cohesions, Departure Lounge Gallery, Luton, 2012; Different Departures, University of Bedfordshire Degree Show, Luton, 2012