Zuza Banasińska (PL, 1994) is an audio-visual artist making video-based environments. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Universität der Künste in Berlin and Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. In 2020 she won first prize in Experimental Film section at “Short Waves” in Poznań and “On. Art” in Wrocław.
For her exhibition in Kriterion, she presents two videos playing in the hallways accompanied by a screening.
In “I didn’t go to Crimea and all I got was this alien message”, she investigates a found photo album created by a soldier stationed in Crimea in the soviet Black Sea fleet in 1980s. Creating a digital environment, in which she merges individual and cosmic memories, she researches the complex of planetary radars in Eupatoria. In “The House that Shadows Built”, she deconstructs the conceptualisation of space as backdrop – as a symbol of typical figure-ground relations and a stage for male-centred, colonialist interiority. In the video, protagonist and setting merge with each other, as the story of construction of female identity is woven through landscapes in constant becoming.
Banasińska’s works have been shown in such spaces as the U-Jazdowski CCA in Warsaw, “Dům Umění Mesta Brna” in Czech Republic or “Blindside” in Melbourne and many others.
Through research on site specific, archival and fictional systems of meaning, she analyses how images structure and transform contemporary reality. Most of her videos take form of walkthroughs, where space is the most important element, entangled with multi-scalar and multi-temporal subjects, human and non-human alike. By using carefully picked elements of speculative and factual material, she weaves them into ecosystems of possible scenarios and new origin stories.