Ania Rekas – born and raised in Poland, working and living in London, UK. Graduated from MA Print at Royal College of Art (2021) and BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins (2018) in London.
In my work, I focused on topics connected to my family and nationality, especially the cult of Icons in Poland and its strong connection with identity and cultural ritual. Through my practice, I want to narrate and create my own icons: places, people, objects that are close to me.
I usually work with monoprint and collage, encompassing drawing, photography, painting and textiles. I paint imaginative places from my childhood, include figures of myself and my family members, especially people I admire. I rescale, isolate and detach them from the reality I know to the non-space unaffected by time. I reimage and deprive family members from relationships, leave them and myself in this strange universe. Each of them become a silent icon.
Innocent Pleasures Suit Me, Warbling, London, UK
Travers Smith CSR Art Programme 2021-22
Wish You Were Here, Art Refuge, London, UK
KoMASK Masters Printmaking 2021 (online), Belgium
Ephemeral Utopias, Thameside Studio Lounge, London, UK
Through The Wave, Studio 59, London, UK
Waving Traces, Sculpture Park, Slough, UK
Double Vision/After the High Tide (RCA 2021 Photography & Print Graduate Show), Cromwell Place, London, UK
The Book is a Container, Bermondsey Bothy Lake Gallery, London, UK
Artists as Independent Publishers, Bremen, Germany
Royal College of Art WIP Show, RCA, London, UK
Central Saint Martins BA Degree Show, London, UK