Aneta Bartos

Aneta Bartos was born in Poland and moved to New York City where she attended The School of Visual Arts. In early 2013 she exhibited her project titled Boys with a solo exhibition at the Carlton Arms Hotel, New York curated by Jon Feinstein. During 2012 she was a part of 31 Women in Art Photography at Hasted Kraeutler, New York curated by Natalia Sacasa and Jon Feinstein. Earlier that year she showed in a two-person exhibition titled Jack & Jill curated by Anne Huntington. In 2010 her collaboration 4Sale was shown in New York, Moscow and Poznan. In 2017 Family Portrait was the subject of a solo exhibition at Postmasters, NY; and in the same year her work was also featured in Family Values, curated by Kate Bush at Calvert 22 in London, and in the exhibition Marginal: Women in Contemporary Art, curated by Sam Trioli and Christin Graham at The New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. Aneta Bartos’s work has been featured in New York Magazine, Time Magazine, Art Forum, Art in America, Elephant, W Magazine, Interview Magazine, Vice Magazine, Libération Daily News, Artinfo, Hyperalleric, Modern Painters Daily, Brooklyn Rail, Foam and Photograph Magazine among others.

"At first glance, the observer meets the photographic work of Aneta Bartos with some reticence and perplexity. The motives seem slightly uncanny, and quite daringly untimely in its celebration of bodies. These pictures don’t produce an immediate and unequivocal effect on the eye. They make you ruminate, seeking to clarify, zooming in on possible meanings. With hindsight,  this hesitation is not critical, it is salutary. The intrigue helps refining one’s judgement. One feels drawn to sharpen the looks, to sense the presence. It is  as if the gaze could mature and slowly warm to the unabashed display of the natural bond. Whilst these pictures evoke in me some distant memories of socialist Poland, some kind of nostalgia to undo time, they are primarily a reflection on the timeless of personal attachments. Nature seems to be rival history. The symbiosis of deep familiarity of a common past is transcended by the positivity of affective natural bonds. Ultimately, respect and love are stronger than indignation."

Harald Wydra