About Paulina Otylie Surys

Paulina Otylie Surys

Paulina's work involves the physical manipulation of analogue photographs taken and hand processed by herself; an approach that combines her formal training as a fine art painter with her photographic practice. Countering the current age of mass produced digital photography, she embraces mistakes and acquaints us with unique objects, hand crafted on paper, metal, glass and other materials, often hand painted in several layers, collaged or embroidered. The results are grotesque, sublime and illusary.

Her work has appeared in numerous magazines such as VISION China, Vogue It online, Vanity Fair, Collaboration - with Mother of Pearl and SHOW Studios, DROME, VOGUE.com online, The British Journal of Photography, AnOther Man, Wonderland

Features: Wonderland, Dazed, FOTOGRAFI (Scandinavia), HARPER'S BAZAAR, AnOther Magazine, BLINK, Re-Bel, 500 PHOTOGRAPHERS, The British Journal of Photography  and more


-December 2011 - January 2012 Lyon, France - International Festival of Photography

-February 2012 - Mythologies, group exhibition with Wendy Bevan, Stefan Milev, Bek Andersson and Jordan Sullivan, curated by Marlo Kronberg - Rivington Design House via CLIC Gallery, NYC, USA

-May 2012 - AOP Student Awards - Hoxton Gallery, London

-5.07.2012 - Les Recontres d"Arles Photo, Arles, France - presentation with British Journal of Photography, Space 1

-19.07-2.08.2012 - group exhibition with Vogue Italia and Art+Commerce - 10 Corso Como, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan

-30.06 – 1.09.2012 - group exhibition "London" - Galerie Reitz Stephane Biesenbach, Cologne

-23.08.2012 - QUEEN exhibition collaborative project Neutron Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

-November 2012 – LIMBO book launch, Paris Photo 

-7.03-3.04.2013 - Harlan Levey Projects Space, Brussels “On Paraphotography: Uncertainty, the Occult and the Uncanny”, curated by Brad Feuerhelm - with Joel Peter Witkin, Jeffrey Silverthorne, Tereza Zelankova

-27-28.04 2013 - Michael Hoppen Gallery, London - SPLINTER Art Fair (curated by Brad Feuerhelm) - with Cristina de Middel, Tereza Zelankova, Eva Stenram

-16.06-16.08.2013 - 25 Photographers VOGUE ITALIA exhibition, 10 Corso Como, 

                  Galeria Carla Sozzani, Milan

-20-22.02.2015 - 8x8 IMPOSSIBLE Polaroid Group Show , Hoxton Gallery, London

-22.02.2015 QPark, London- Light and photography Installation

-7-12.04.2015 - BIG DEAL No666, pop up gallery, London

-6-24.06.2015 Venice Bienalle - group show (Arts Council England)

-9.06.2015 – Elephant Haven Auction , London- with Yoko Ono, Peter Blake, Paula Rego , Polly Morgan, Russel Young, Kate Garner, Corinne Day, 

-19-29th July 2015 – Museum of Erotism, Warsaw

-15-29.08.2015 - Lovers’ Discord, KONTOR Projects – as part of COPENHAGEN ART WEEK – group show with Alasdair Duncan, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Esther Teichmann and Alana Lake, Copenhagen , Denmark

-26-28th September - RPPC Rencontres Parisiennes de la Photographie Contemporaine#7 with NUE Gallerie, Paris, France


-December 2015 – IFA Gallery, Brussels

-February 2016 – NUE Galery, Paris


-LIMBO,  PAULSEN Edtions, 2013