Aneta Grzeszykowska (born 1974) is one of the most acclaimed artists working in the field of photography in Poland. Since 1999, she has been engaged in the artistic cooperation with photographer Jan Smaga.
Her work oscillates around issues of presence and absence, status of the body, identity and social persona. She often refers to the post-war art canon, re-creating, for example, the renowned “Untitled Film Stills” series by Cindy Sherman, or reinterpreting “At Land”, the movie by Maya Deren. In the “Album” series, she removed her figure from family photo archives. As a pendant for the “Album” she created a series of “Portraits” – hyperrealistic images of non-existent people.
Besides photographs, Grzeszykowska’s best-known works are dolls she sews for her daughter Franciszka. They are not actual portraits, but rather predictions, representing the girl in different states of life, always made before she grows into the age in which she is depicted.
In 2014, she was awarded “Paszport Polityki” in the “Visual Arts” category.
Her works are included in a number of collections worldwide, such as: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, San Francisco Museum of Art, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Museum Sztuki in Łódź and the ING Polish Art Foundation in Warsaw.