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Ligia Poplawska

Ligia Poplawska
February 9, 2021 remote_support

Fading Senses

— Ligia Poplawska

What happens if we lose our senses?

Fading Senses is a research project and a photographic essay reflecting on sensory deprivation and environmental anxiety.

Solastalgia is a relatively new concept for understanding the implications of the loss of ecosystems on our emotional health. Described as an earth-related state, it reflects the zeitgeist of our time and is an increasing problem in societies, manifesting itself in a feeling of loss of the present. A perspective of a fading world and a state of fading-away is close to sensory deprivation. Absence of senses, one of the biggest human fears, can lead to intra-mental perception, echolocation and memory flashbacks. Through a speculative narrative, the photographer creates a mental image of an ungraspable sensation to underline human disconnection from the natural environment.

Short Biography

Name: Ligia Poplawska

Year of birth: 1994

Place of birth: Poland

Occupation: Photographer

Ligia Popławska (1994, Poland) is a photographer and art historian based in Antwerp, Belgium. Working at the intersection of art and science, she creates visual narratives analysing parallels between senses and memory, emotional states and conditions of the present. She explores fields like psychology, neuroscience or biology to find a basis for her speculative photographic storytelling and olfactory works.

Ligia holds an MA and BA in Photography from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (BE) and a BA in art history from the University of Gdańsk (PL). Her work was exhibited at the graduation show hosted by FOMU Antwerp, selected for ‘To Be Antwerp’ art festival and ‘New Talents 2020’, a group exhibition at B-Part Gallery in Berlin by Photographic Exploration Project. She is a laureate of ‘Photography Prize 2020’ funded by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.


— Fading Senses