About the work:
Untried Realities is about a personal experience of social separation during Covid-19 in East London. Through self-portraiture, I bear the feelings of solitude, craving for human contact, and need for nature. I live in an urban and concrete part of London, without any outdoor space and I started this series on the day of Boris Johnson’s self-isolation announcement in response to the situation. I use mundane household scenes to create a new “reality,” one which is physically in my flat, but one which hopefully visually transports the viewer into a parallel world. I make use of shadows and light to create humorous moments and temporary escapism from my current situation and to facilitate a sense of detachment.
A little bit about the artist:
Zula Rabikowska is Polish-British photographer based in London. Zula was born in Poland, grew up in the UK and worked in France, China, South Africa, India, Palestine and the Caribbean. Her practice is influenced by her own experience of immigration and in her work she explores the themes of national identity, displacement and belonging. Zula often works with digital and analogue photography, and incorporates archival images and documents to challenge conventional visual story-telling norms. Zula has obtained an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from London College of Communication. Zula also works as a freelance photographer and as a photojournalist for SOPA Images in Hong Kong.
Find more from Zula:
Being an Artist for me has changed throughout my life, from studying in a school wearing
there were constant rules and you couldn’t touch anything dicey to college wear mastery of
technical skills would lead to amazing artwork to lastly university to where everything can be
used as inspiration and you were the sponge, you chose what you absorbed. What you
squeezed out would be the art you made.
Being an Artist means to me what I create in response to what I am feeling, what I’ve been inspired by and causes close to me. Creating something that has meaning beyond the superficial level but into the mind, challenging what you think is the norm.