*I acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I live and make work: Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of Victoria. *
Aldona Kmiec is a Polish-born photographic artist working in Ballarat and Melbourne. Drawing on her childhood spent on a dairy farm in communist era Poland, Aldona’s photography and installation art explores memory and identity. Often combining her photography with other elements such as sound, the written word and constructed physical objects, Aldona creates photography and art installations that encourage the viewer to experience her photography from a deeper than 2D perspective.
With beautiful art prints to order, her images speak of resilience and depict a journey through living in multiple countries as seen through her camera. With years of creating photographic art, she captures the enduring beauty of people and the world's landscapes, threaded with strong elements of art, the silence, the flow and reflection about humanity. After more than 11 years in Australia, her work continues to evolve and examine the space between the dream, resilience and memory of places.
Aldona has exhibited extensively; her photography is held in public and private collections such as State Library VIC, Museum of Democracy, Ballarat Art Foundation and more. She has been the recipient of a number of prizes, including Under the Floorboards artist residency award, BAF Eureka Prize Award and Centre for Contemporary Photography Leica CCP Salon prize. She was also a finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize and Maggie Diaz Photography Prize.
Workshops/demonstrations/master-classes/presentations, Social media services, Residency – community, in school, Public art projects, Professional development training, Project management, Exhibitions, Commercial commissions, Curating, Audio or video recording, Art instructions/lessons, Arts for social change/creative activism
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Adults, Businesses, Families, General public, Men, People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, People living with disabilities, School children, Seniors, Women, Young people
2018 Finalist | Cambridge Studio Gallery Portrait Prize
2017 Finalist | Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women
2017 Winner 3rd Prize | Airbnb, Fear of Flying story
2016 Finalist | Eureka Art Prize
2015 Finalist | The Maggie Diaz Photography Prize
2014 Winner | Eureka Art Prize
2014 Finalist | Bowness Photography Prize Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
2014 Finalist | Head On Photo Festival Portrait Category Sydney
2013 Winner CCP Leica Salon Most Humorous Image Award | Centre of Contemporary Photography Melbourne
2013 Winner Eureka Art Prize | Ballarat Arts Foundation
London Metropolitan University, HND in Photography