Wioleta Kaminska is a Polish-born and San Francisco-based designer, media artist, linguist and educator, but most of all, a storyteller. Her work ranges from photography, drawings, motion graphics to film, video and animations. Her meditative video landscapes are both a study in perception and stillness and visual reflection on the intersection between nature, technology and culture.
In her process-based approach to image making, Kaminska's focus is on the visual exploration of our perception of time and space, the conflicting forces that shape land and humans and on how we find ourselves caught between nature and technology, contemplation and complexity. In her work, Kaminska utilizes a wide range of media, design methods and artistic approaches. Her interest and background in linguistics, design and interior architecture naturally influence her digital storytelling. From colliding worlds -- simultaneously dirge and paean to open space and collapsing systems, to the ambiguity of perception of time and how it affects the way we view the landscapes that make up the world around us.
Her video installations have been shown internationally in art festivals and gallery exhibitions and have been featured in numerous publications. In November 2015 Kaminska completed her artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts (film/video/new media). Recently, two of her video installations have been selected for the Contemporary Video Art and Performing Art Festival in Rome, 2016 and Borders, International Art and Architecture Festival - Fragmented Identities in Venice, during the time of Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. Also recently, her video installation "I Miss My Home" has received the Curator's Choice award for its highly distinctive and imaginative response to the brief the Europeana Space, Disruptive Media project and it will be featured in the Europeana Space 3rd International Conference: "Cultural Heritage: Reuse, Remake, and Reimagine" in Berlin, November 2016.
Kaminska's professional background also includes working as a design researcher on a project for a Fortune 100 client, graphic designing, strategy consulting, project management, teaching motion design classes to design and art students, writing a column for SF Nature Education Newsletter, teaching English as a Second Language, curricula design, and preparing students for Cambridge ESOL exams with British Council.
I Miss My Home
I Miss My Home
Leaving one’s homeland either in pursuit of happiness and better life or escaping political oppressions and wars is as true today as it was 100 years ago. It is not easy for an adult to find themselves displaced. But what about a child? How does a child cope with a constant flux of today’s uncertain world? How does witnessing the world of violence, anger and lack of stability can affect a child today and later on in their adulthood?
I Miss My Home has recently received the Curator's Choice award for its highly distinctive and imaginative response to the brief the Europeana Space, Disruptive Media project. The video installation will be featured in the new Photomediations both online and physical exhibition at the "Cultural Heritage: reuse, remake, and reimagine" conference in Berlin, November 2016.
“An ambitious and poetic combining of images and text, motion graphics - which explores what might be the visual language of a photograph on a screen. Deftly combining still and moving image in a narrative of displacement and migration, the submission has resonance with contemporary events in Europe.” - Katrina Sluis, Photomediations Exhibition Space curator