Roxbury – “Adrift,” a solo exhibition of the works of photographer Magda Biernat, opens in the Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Center on Saturday, April 21 and will run through May 26.
“Adrift” is a project that uses a visual language as a means of polar comparison,” says Magda Biernat of her project and upcoming exhibit. “By pairing photographs of Antarctic icebergs and empty Iñupiat Eskimo hunting cabins, it offers a restrained commentary on the parallel effects of global climate change at opposite ends of the Earth. Average temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are rising twice as fast as they are elsewhere in the world. The rising temperatures are causing more icebergs to break off from glacial floes; polar ice is getting thinner, melting and rupturing. Near the opposite pole in the Arctic, the melting of once permanent ice is already affecting native flora, fauna and the frozen ground on which they live. Global warming is threatening the cultural identity of native people. The hunting cabins of the Iñupiat are mirrors of the lone ice mountains in the south, singular polar structures under pressure by a changing ecosystem. Silent and static witnesses to change.”
“Biernat’s work marries art with social concerns in a way that can truly touch the viewer,” says Annie Schwed, Gallery Coordinator of the Roxbury Arts Group. “Sharing this exhibit with the public gives us the opportunity to highlight this fantastic photographer as well as the issue of climate change.”
Magda Biernat, a native of Poland currently based in NYC, is a contemporary art photographer specializing in architecture and interiors and is the former photo editor of Metropolis Magazine. She received her MFA in New Media from Transart Institute in Berlin and New York. Her photographs have been published in, among others, the New Yorker, the New York Times, National Geographic, Interior Design, Wallpaper, Metropolis, Dwell and Afar.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally with exhibitions in Poland, Belgium, France, Canada, The Philippines, Taiwan and the United States. She is a recipient of awards such as the Center 2016 Director’s Choice Award, LensCulture 2015 Emerging Talents Award, TMC/Kodak Grant, Lucie Foundation Awards and Magenta Foundation Flash Forward. Her work is represented by Robert Klein Gallery in Boston and Clic Gallery in New York City. “Adrift” will be hanging through May 26 and will close with an Artist Talk at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.roxburyartsgroup.org or call 607.326.7908.