Zuza Banasińska (*1994) was born in Warsaw, Poland. She worked as a literary translator and studied History of Art and Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University before enrolling at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow in 2015. She also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin in the class of Hito Steyerl. Her works have been shown in many galleries, project spaces and museums in Berlin, Cracow, Warsaw, Venice, Kassel, Karlsrühe, Bogota, Moscow, St. Petersburg, St. Louis, Boston and others. She predominantly works in the media of photography and experimental film.
In her practice she has been exploring different facets of bodily immersion – in images, places, territory and memory. These immersive practices have often involved human appropriation and transformation of previously untouched spaces. In her most recent work, “I didn’t go to Crimea and all I got was this alien message,” she pondered how information contextualizes a previously untouched space, that of the cosmos, and subsequently transforms it into human territory. She is interested in the politics of landscape appropriation – how cultural practices influence how we view and exploit certain places, and how this appropriation is represented.
She often uses found footage, dissociating elements from their original meaning, through which the system in which they normally function is exposed. New worlds are created out of the shuffled parts, creating a visual vocabulary that is still rooted in the original, but creates a new dimension to each element.