Izabela Pluta

Senior Lecturer

Izabela Pluta is an artist and academic with an interest in expanded photographic practice. She completed her undergraduate studies in Fine Art at The University of Newcastle (2002), an MFA at UNSW Art & Design (2009) and has a PhD from the School of the Arts, English and Media at The University of Wollongong (2017).  

Pluta has exhibited widely in Australia. She has undertaken residencies including the inaugural Marrgu Residency at Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Cooperative in Peppimenarti, Northern Territory; Air 3331 Chiyoda, Tokyo; the Australia Council for the Arts Studio in Barcelona; the Cite des Arts International in Paris; The Art and Design Research Institute, University of Ulster in Belfast; Red Gate Gallery in Beijing; and International Art Space Kellerberrin. Grants and awards include three Australia Council for the Arts grants; The Qantas Foundation Contemporary Art Award; the Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and the Ian Potter Cultural Grant. In 2012 she was commissioned to complete a major public art work for the City of Melbourne. The two‐part billboard was installed on the CitiPower Station in 2013. A major exhibition of her work was held at UTS Gallery Sydney, titled Blue Distance, in 2014, and in 2019,  Pluta was commissioned by the Art Gallery of New South Wales to create a significant new work for 'The National 2019: new Australian art' exhibition. 

In 2012 Pluta recieved a Short Term Mobility Grant (Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) for a two-week intensive studio project Photomedia: site and context which provided participating students a unique opportunity to develop artwork using the potential of expanded photographic and installation practices in response to the historical and politically loaded Gdańsk shipyard on the Baltic Sea in Poland as part of their Bachelor of Fine Art coursework program. http://gdanskproject.wordpress.com/

Pluta's research explores the connection between the philosophical terrain of place, nostalgia and diaspora, and the lure of her personal history (Polish/Australian) to make this enquiry. She embraces photography as a way of interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present. Her studio practice adopts conflating languages of photography and the nuances they embody as physical objects. Negotiating the possibilities of how material forms come together, she draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring things that are both photographed and found. Conceptually anchored in the effects of globalisation and Pluta’s own personal experience as a migrant to Australia, her creative pursuit seeks to articulate a fluid mode of moving through, and being in, the world. These ideas have led her to using a discursive photographic vocabulary as a purveyor of temporality, mutability and the impermanence of places. A site that has recently explored is the archaeologically disputed underwater rock formation that lies at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea, near the Western most island of Japan.  Pluta mediates on images with all their potential connections all at once, questioning how things from one place fit into another.

More details about recent projects: www.izabelapluta.net

Creative Works (non-textual)
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Pluta I, 2020, Figures of slippage and oscillation, Melbourne Art Book Fair, Perimeter Books, National Gallery of Victoria, 14 March 2020 - 14 May 2020, medium: artist book, at: https://www.perimeterbooks.com/collections/perimeter-editions/products/special-edition-pre-order-izabela-pluta-figures-of-slippage-and-oscillation
2020
Pluta I, 2020, Blue spectrum and descent, Measures of Refraction, HOH Journal 01: Disrupt, pp 40-60; Gallery Sally Dan Cuthbert, 03 September 2020 - 27 September 2020, medium: text and cyanotype prints, at: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e7ac09683756d18092e0ab6/t/5f583ebbed854302cbf3292f/1599618929158/HOH_Journal_01_Disrupt.pdf
2020
Pluta I, 2019, Apparent Distance, The National 2019: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 29 March 2019 - 21 July 2019, at: https://www.the-national.com.au/artists/izabela-pluta/apparent-distance/
2019
Pluta I, 2019, Reversal, Reversal, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, 18 May 2019 - 21 July 2019, at: https://www.glasshouse.org.au/Whats-On/Izabela-Pluta-Reversal-May-2019
2019
Pluta I, 2018, Threshold, Nostalgia it's not what is use to be!, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 06 April 2018 - 20 May 2019, at: https://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/gallery/exhibitions/exhibitions/2018-exhibitions/nostalgia
2018
Pluta I, 2018, Figures of slippage and oscillation, Figures of slippage and oscillation, Artspace, Sydney, 29 June 2018 - 15 July 2018, at: https://www.artspace.org.au/program/ideas-platform/2018/izabela-pluta-figures-of-slippage-and-oscillation/
2018
Pluta I, 2018, Abstruse terms and general uncertainties, GEOGRAPHY OF SPACE, ARCHAEOLOGY OF TIME, The Australian Centre for Photography, 26 October 2018 - 01 December 2018, at: https://acp.org.au/blogs/exhibitions/tagged/izabela-pluta
2018
Pluta I, 2017, Bringing the distance near, Bringing the distance near, TAEM Gallery, The University of Wollongong, 01 September 2017 - 20 September 2017, medium: photographs, a wall shelf for works on paper, an artist book, a photomural, found objects and plywood structures for displaying photographs, at: http://www.izabelapluta.net/bringing-the-distance-near-1/
2017
Pluta I, 2017, Taken on the same day as the other photo, Another Art Book Fair, Artspace Sydney, 15 September 2017 - 17 September 2017, medium: artist book, at: http://vaabf.com/exhibitors/
2017
Pluta I, 2017, Paper, stone and permutations, William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, The Monash Gallery of Art, 14 October 2017 - 11 November 2017, medium: photography, installation, at: https://www.mga.org.au/bowness-prize/gallery-2017/index/image/220
2017
Pluta I, 2016, Rupture, Watching the clouds pass the moon, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, 10 June 2016 - 31 July 2016, medium: installation comprising silver gelatin photographs; latex-based inkjet-prints, aluminium, mirror, at: https://artgallery.lakemac.com.au/exhibitions/past/watching-clouds-pass-the-moon
2016
Pluta I, 2015, Traverse, MILDURA PALIMPSEST BIENNALE #10, Mildura Biennale, The Mildura Club, Corner Deakin Avenue and 9th Street, Mildura, 02 October 2015 - 05 October 2015, medium: Photography, installation, at: http://mildurapalimpsestbiennale.com/program/curatorial-statement/
2015
Pluta I, 2015, The Voyage, Out of Quarantine, Manley Art Gallery and Museum, 04 December 2015 - 19 June 2016, medium: installation comprising vinyl wallpapers 282 x 360 cm, 282 x 232 cm; cyanotype print on plywood, 1100mm diameter
2015
Pluta I, 2015, Excavation, Excavation, Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, 03 February 2015 - 28 February 2015, at: http://diannetanzergallery.net.au/Izabela-Pluta/Excavation_
2015
Pluta I; Freeman T; Cavaniglia C, 2015, You can’t get there from here, You can’t get there from here, 55 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville NSW, 27 March 2015 - 12 April 2015, at: http://www.55sydenhamrd.com/izabela-pluta-tom-freeman
2015
Pluta I, 2014, Agency of inanimate objects, Agency of inanimate objects, Galerie Pompom Sydney, 30 April 2014 - 25 May 2014, at: http://galeriepompom.com/galerie-pompom--exhibitions-2014--izabela-pluta.html
2014
Pluta I, 2014, Blue Distance, Blue Distance, UTS Gallery, Sydney, 03 June 2014 - 04 July 2014, medium: photomedia, installation, at: http://art.uts.edu.au/index.php/exhibitions/blue-distance/
2014
Pluta I, 2013, Taken on the same day as the other photo, Taken on the same day as the other photo, Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne, 20 July 2013 - 24 August 2013, medium: Photomedia
2013
Pluta I, 2012, Reservoir, Reservoir, Gippsland Art Gallery; Sale Victoria, 04 February 2012 - 25 March 2012, medium: Photomedia, installation, at: http://www.wellington.vic.gov.au/files/b6df933b-fae7-4613-b52d-a1b800ecad82/catalogue_izabela_pluta_reservoir.pdf
2012
Pluta I, 2012, Study for a sham ruin, Study for a sham ruin, Galerie Pompom Sydney, 11 April 2012 - 05 May 2012, medium: Photomedia, at: http://www.izabelapluta.net/
2012
Kriesler P, 2012, Traverse, The Elgar Companion to Post Keynesian Economics, Second Edition
2012
Pluta I, 2011, Gestures of the landscape, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Centre for Photography; Brisbane QLD, 27 February 2011 - 27 March 2011
2011
Pluta I, 2011, On things mended and broken, On things mended and broken, Dianne Tanzer Gallery and Projects; Fitzroy, Melbourne VIC, 05 March 2011 - 26 March 2011
2011
Pluta I, 2011, Displaced images of distant objects, Displaced images of distant objects, Monash Gallery of Art; 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill Victoria 3150 Australia, 21 September 2011 - 16 October 2011, at: http://www.mga.org.au/library/exhibition/1315464765_document_4_pluta_cat.pdf
2011
Pluta I, 2010, Gestures of the landscape, Gestures of the landscape, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth WA, 26 March 2010 - 01 May 2010, medium: Photomedia
2010
Pluta I, 2010, Sailing for the abyss, Sailing for the abyss, Nellie Castan Gallery; South Yarra, Melbourne, 15 April 2010 - 08 May 2010, medium: Photography, video
2010
Pluta I, 2010, Macquarie, Interpreting portraits – Macquarie 1810-2010, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Sydney, 10 December 2010 - 06 February 2011, medium: Photography, at: http://www.izabelapluta.net/
2010
Conference Papers
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Pluta I, 2015, 'Nostalgia: the misalignment of place, time and experience', in Contemphoto 15' Urban Identities, DAKAM Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Centre, Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey, presented at Contemphoto 15', Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey, 09 June 2015 - 10 June 2015
2015
Pluta I, 2015, 'Contemporary gleaning: shaping materiality in art', in Contempart'15, Urban Identity, Space Studies and Contemporary Arts, DAKAM Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Centre, Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey, presented at Contempart'15, Nâzım Hikmet Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey, 08 June 2015 - 09 June 2015
2015
Pluta I, 2013, 'A la derive', in Duyan E; Atak Ö (ed.), DAKAM / Visualisation & Urban History In Contemporary Photography (Contemphoto '13 Contemporary Photography), DAKAM Publishing, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 187 - 192, presented at CONTEMPHOTO '13, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul, 12 June 2013 - 14 June 2013, http://www.dakam.org/
2013
Books
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Pluta I, 2012, Photomedia: site and context, Izabela Pluta, Sydney NSW
2012

Photomedia practices that explore the experience of time and place, and site specificity. ,,Theories central to the role of photography in society, within historical and contemporary contexts.,,Photographic practices that stretch the function of the image's materiality. ,,Art practices that address cultural movements, globalisation and diasporas.