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Paulina Buzniak

Attempt to Identify

lithography on cotton + embroidery on the hoop, 6 pcs (diameter of each 16 cm)

The "Attempt to identify" is an attempt to interpret tragic history of the family.


On the tambours there are portraits of women, symbolizing the inheritance of emotions in the female line. Strong war experience, associated with constant fear and witnessing murders on family members, evoke traumatic memories passed down from generation to generation. These memories are rooted in war-free generations, often unconsciously, manifesting themselves, for example, with migraines or a sense of fear in specific situations. I devote a series of images to my tragically deceased great-grandmother, whose fear at the moment of death impressed the emotions of future generations.


Among the embroidered portraits, I try to find her as a person I did not have a chance to meet, but also to identify myself. An "attempt to identify" is the search for an answer about one's own identity, which is built on a basement, not necessarily made by our hands.

Buzniak Paulina_ Attempt to Identify, lithography on cloth + embroidery, 6 pcs, 16 cm each


Paulina Buzniak,


born in 1986, was a student at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Graphics in 2006-2011. She made her diploma in Lithography Studio (promoter of professor Blazej Ostoja Lniski) and received the Rector’s distinctions, annex was created in the Illustration Studio (promoter dr hab. Zygmunt Januszewski).


She is a laureate of the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage for outstanding achievements in science in the academic year 2010/2011.


Since 2011 she has been working at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw – currently as an assistant of prof. Blazej Ostoja Lniski at the Book and Illustration Studio, and as a lecturer in computer technology for first-year graphic students.


Fields of artistic activity: lithography, printing on fabric, illustration, graphic design

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