Marta Zgierska, Afterbeauty VIII, 2018

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Photography – pigment ink print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl, montage on Dibond, oak frame painted in a shade chosen in the colorimetry of the image.


Format 40 x 28.6 cm – edition of 3 ex.; Format 150 x 107.2 cm – edition of 3 ex.;

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In the series “Afterbeauty“, beauty masks are floating on an are of flat color, like totems. They are the result of a superimposing of cosmetic layers, which make them think and supple. This accumulation of products becomes almost harmful of the epidermis, asphyxiating. This pressure practiced on the skin echoes the one of beauty experienced by us in private and professional lives, like a irrational quest of an unattainable beauty. Once it has been taken off, the mask creates an imprint of ourselves and underlines the ephemeral of beauty and existence itself. The fact that is disposable also makes us think of the waste engendered by the cosmetic industry in our consumption society.

__ Le chat perché, 2019 (trad. from French, Cristina Albertini)


exhibitions views where the series “Afterbeauty” has been shown (selection)


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Marta Zgierska, Afterbeauty (book)

Soft cover, 220 x 300 mm
Photographs: Marta Zgierska
Texts: Iwona Kurz, Zofia Krawiec
Translation of Polish into English: Karolina Banach
Typographic design and typesetting:
Publisher: Biala Gallery
Lublin, 2019
ISBN 978-83-62191-27-7

Afterbeauty book was published on the occasion of the Blush exhibition at the Biala Gallery in 2019. It contains essays written by Iwona Kurz and Zofia Krawiec.