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Ligia Popławska is a visual artist and photographer currently based in Antwerp, Belgium. She graduated with MFA in Photography from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (2020) and BA in Art History from the University of Gdańsk (2016). Her work focuses on the topics of environmental change and sensory ecology. She researches the parallels between senses, memory and emotional states, in the changing conditions of the (Post) Anthropocene.

Her work has been selected for international awards, festivals, exhibitions and photography platforms such as .TIFF 2022 (FOMU), Futures Photography, PhMuseum Days 2021, Helsinki Photo Festival, Belfast Photo Festival, InCadaqués International Photo Festival, among others. She is a receipent of Photography Prize funded by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (2020). Her project ‘Fading Senses’ has been awarded 1st prize Decade of Change Series Award 2022, a global photography award and collaborative exhibition by 1854 British Journal of Photography, dedicated to documenting the defining matter of our time: the climate crisis.

Ligia works as a freelance photographer in the field of product, interior, architecture, fashion and portrait photography, as well as a photo editor and academic teacher. In 2021-2022 she has been co-creating platform Intimate Structures. 


Awards / Prize

2022    1st Prize Winner of Decade of Change Series Award 2022, 1854 British Journal of Photography (exhibitions at Belfast Photo Festival and InCadaques International Photo Festival)
2022    Selected for Helsinki Photo Festival
2022    Futures Photography, FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerpen/Creative Europe, Finalist
2022    Laureate of .TIFF program - Emerging Belgian Photography, FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerpen
2021    1st Prize Winner PhMuseum Days 2021, PhMuseum
2020    Recipient of Prijs Fotografie, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

Current and upcoming exhibitions

Kansallismuseo, The National Museum of Finland
Helsinki Photo Festival
Helsinki, Finland
7 July ― 2 October 2022

.tiff 2022
De Brakke Grond
opening during UNSEEN
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 September ― 2 October 2022

Decade of Change
1854 British Journal of Photography
InCadaqués International Photo Festival
Cadaqués, Spain
29 September ― 9 October 2022

Exhibitions Archive


2021: ‘Fading Senses PhMuseum Days 2021, Dumbo, Bologna, IT
2020: ‘Fading Senses St. Vincents/To Be Antwerp, Antwerp, BE
2020: ‘Fading Senses Marcel Nies Gallery/To Be Antwerp, Antwerp, BE


2022: ‘Decade of Change’ ― 1854 British Journal of Photograph, Belfast Photo Festival, City Quays Gallery, Belfast, NI
.tiff 2022 Emerging Belgian Photography’ FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerp
Antwerp, Belgium
2021: ‘Rethinking NatureFoto Wien/European Month of Photography, Vienna, AUT
2021: ‘CONNECTEDCurrent Obsession, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, BE
2021: ‘Rethinking Nature Imago Lisboa/European Month of Photography, Lisbon, PT
2021: ‘NEXUS XLVI Space, Photo Open Up, Padua, IT

2021: ‘Rethinking Nature Casino Luxemberg, European Month of Photography, LUX
2020: ‘New Talents 2020’ Photographic Exploration Project, B-Part Gallery, Berlin, DE
2020: ‘Blume! Masters Expo 2020, FOMU, Antwerp, BE
2020: ‘Masters Expo 2020’, De Lange Zaal, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, BE
2020: ‘The Billboard Project: De Quarantaine Editie’  Antwerp, BE
2020: ‘Solo Show Oude Beurs, Antwerp, BE
2019: ‘End Season 3BA Graduation Show, Antwerp, BE
2018: ‘Missing Mathilde: On the Representation of Women in Public Space Antwerp, BE
2018: ‘Reverberate Wintertuin, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, BE


Photography course (1BAMA) at the Department Jewellery Design & Gold- and silversmithing, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (20212022)


September 2021: ‘What happens if we lose our senses? Ligia Popławska talks about Solastalgia’ ― PhMuseum Days 2021, Bologna (2021)
November 2020: ‘Visual Storytelling Beyond Anthropocene: Geert Goiris and ‘World Without Us’’Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp (2020)


2022: 1854 British Journal of Photography ― Decade of Change 2022: The Winners
2022: 1854 British Journal of Photography ― Winners Decade of Change 2022 Photography Awards
2022: .TIFF Emerging Belgian Photography ― FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerpen
2022: PhMuseum Ligia Popławska On Exhibiting at the PhMuseum Days︎︎︎
2021: C 41 Magazine Ligia Popławska explains solastalgia and sensory deprivation︎︎︎
2021: 1854 British Journal of Photography Identities, realities, and space: XLVI launches a graduate exhibition︎︎︎
2021: PhMuseum Days Fading Senses︎︎︎
2021: PhMuseum Fabiola Cedillo, Ligia Poplawska and Samuel Fordham Will Exhibit at PhMuseum Days 2021︎︎︎
2021: PhMuseum PhMuseum Days 2021 Open Call Winners Announced︎︎︎
2021: Decalogue Magazine Ligia Popławska︎︎︎
2020: PhMuseum Picks 2020: PhMuseum Editors’ Top Projects of 2020, PhMuseum︎︎︎
2020: New Talents 2020 Photographic Exploration Project, B-Part Gallery Berlin/Print
2020: Subbacultcha He(art) IV/Print
2020: Desired Spaces Future Scenarios for an (Un-)Build Environment: Spaces of Seclusion and Collectiveness, Desired Spaces︎︎︎

Publications / Features


Acrai, Aeduire, Base Alpha Gallery, Context, didu, fivetimesone, Gent University, Graanmarkt 13, Libraryman, Martha, Paf Atelier, Priss Niinikoski, St.Vincents, Somekind Studio, Valerie Traan Gallery, Vincent Thurstein, Woche, Z33

© Ligia Poplawska 2022