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Ligia Popławska

Ligia Popławska (°1994, Poland) is a photographer, visual artist and art historian based in Antwerp, Belgium. Fascinated by natural phenomena and more-than-human philosophies, her research-based projects explore the urgent ecological themes through speculative storytelling. Her current research looks at the impact of climate change on our senses and emotions. Popławska holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, having previously completed a Bachelor's Degree in Art History from the University of Gdańsk. She has received several awards, including Photography Prize by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (2020), PhMuseum Days Award (2021), Decade of Change Series Award 2022 by 1854 British Journal of Photography, and was nominated for Leica Oscar Barnack Award (2023). Popławska is a laureate of .TIFF 2022 and member of FUTURES Photography nominated by FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerpen, as well as a recipient of an Emerging Talent Grant from the Flemish Government. Ligia exhibited internationally at Bienal’23 Fotografia do Porto (Porto, solo), ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM (Braga, solo), FOMU (Antwerp), Valerie Traan Gallery (Antwerp), Helsinki Photo Festival, InCadaqués Photo Festival, among others. She works as a commercial photographer and cultural producer. Popławska has also taught photography at Jewellery Department, KASKA and curated photography platform Intimate Structures. Her work has been published in publications such as Fisheye Magazine, VOGUE Italia, AD Architectural Digest.


(portrait by Jef Claes)