Date: Sunday 16 July
Location: Courtyard Room, The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Price: Free and no need to book. First come first served until spaces are filled.
Ania Ready will talk about the making of her literary photobook I Also Fight Windmills (VIKA Books, 2023), inspired by the writing of Sophie Gaudier-Brzeska (1872-1925), a trilingual feminist writer and poet of Polish origin who died forgotten in a mental asylum in Gloucester, UK.
Ready’s chance encounter with the archive of Sophie Gaudier-Brzeska led her to a seven year research project which involved reading hundreds of manuscripts in English, French, and Polish, and travelling to rural Poland, Krakow, Lviv, Paris, New York, London, and Wotton-under-Edge to piece together the writer’s life.
Ready responded visually to Gaudier-Brzeska’s literary texts, exploring the performative aspect of photography. She will discuss her approach to this literary archive, how she combined it with photographs and how her publication ended up having a book within a book shape.
About Ania Ready
Ania Ready (born 1979) is a Polish-British photographic artist based in Oxfordshire, UK. She has an MA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Gdańsk, Poland. Her work centres around notions of belonging and alienation, memory and amnesia. She has a special interest in the topic of femininity and madness. Her main focus is photography, but she also engages with other art forms like collage and alternative, cameraless photographic processes.
Ania has exhibited her work internationally in group and solo shows at Modern Art Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum, ronapainting gallery, Irving Contemporary Gallery, Auckland Photo Festival in New Zealand, Riga Photomonth in Latvia, INTERPHOTO Photo Festival in Poland and many other places. This year she’s published her first book ‘I also Fight Windmills’ (VIKA Books, 2023).