R̶e̶s̶p̶o̶n̶s̶e̶  essay by Izabela Pluta

Release date: Saturday 31 October 2021

Izabela Pluta is a Polish-born, Australian artist living and working between the lands of the Awabakal and Worimi in Awabakal country (Newcastle) and the lands of the Bidjigal and Gadigal (Sydney). She’s a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at the University of New South Wales. Pluta’s practice spans photography and installation. She employs imagery, video and re-purposed ephemera that speak to present-day questions about impermanence, belonging, the flows of migration and her personal narrative in relation to place.

Pluta has exhibited widely throughout Australia and this year presented her first European solo exhibition, Variable depth, shallow water, at Spazju Kreattiv, Malta’s National Centre for Creativity. In 2019 she was commissioned to create a significant new work, Apparent distance, by the Art Gallery of New South Wales for The National 2019: new Australia art. Izabela Pluta is represented by Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney.

Funding Partners

This project is supported by the City of Newcastle through the Council Support for the Arts and Cultural Organisations in Newcastle Program.


This project is supported by Create NSW.