2 May 2023– 11 June 2023
Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 – 19:00
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Curator: Kereszty Anna
Martin Wanda's self-reflective collages series explores the challenges of postmodern love and the issues surrounding idealized and real affection, in which expectations often clash with reality. The title evokes William Blake's collection of poems, published in 1798 and illustrated by himself, in which text and illustration form an integral whole.
The young London-based photographer began work on her self-portrait collages series during the pandemic. By observing and photographing herself, Wanda empathizes with heroines of unfulfilled love stories such as Ophelia or Lady Shallotte, who were also iconic figures of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. These female characters of idealised beauty and the models hired to portray them were often only temporary love objects for men. By putting herself in the role of well known female characters, Wanda is liberating these female figures from the "male gaze” by observing and photographing herself.
The photographer romanticises love disappointments, combining on her collages scanned book pages from her favorite romantic novels, Wuthering Heights, Red and Black, Anyegin and The Sorrows of Young Werther, with handwritten texts of fragments of flattering or poignant, sometimes even vulgar text messages from ex-boyfriends, lovers and Tinder dates. The combination of these two contrasts the real and the desired love.
Relationships today are changing, often stepping outside the conventional norms and becoming more complex. This brings many benefits and liberation, but it is also difficult to navigate in this newer system sometimes. Combining self-portraits with the texts has become a kind of therapeutic process.
Martin Wanda studied BA Photography at Moholy-Nagy University of the Arts, then moved to London and obtained a Master's degree from the College of Fashion. Besides her photography work, she is the creative director of the music and fashion magazine Foxes.