Martyna Benedyka






DongGang International Photo Festival
DongGang Photography Museum, South Korea 


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De Structura, Tallinn, Estonia 

Classix in Art
Classix Festival 2022


I was impressed about Benedyka's concept of memory: the impossibility of identically replicating two photos, after all, what forces us to do, if not starting with a redefinition of the perceived, revising the signifier associated with a memory, to a single fragment to the extent that the deceptive and misleading memory arbitrarily returns us in relation to what we have seen?
In the painting "Knife on the Table" (Oil on Wood, 2016), reinforcing the concept of contact emphasized by the icastic encounter of surfaces, the dimensional connections are grasped, just like the knife that cuts the eye in the short film “Un chien Andalou” (Luis Bunuel 1929), the surrealistic translation of a visual expression that becomes reality capable of projecting us to a higher level of perception. Similarly, bringing out the boundary between conscious and unconscious, the artist gives shape to a dividing line to stare the memory as an absolute sign.

Text: Ivan Bissoli

Do You Remember When (Conversation I)
Why The World Looks They Way It Does (Conversation II)

Before The Mirror

Woman In White

Table With Cheese︎


Industrial Landscape

Triptych (Apron, Camera Boxes, Garden)︎

Knife On The Table︎


Still Life


In Memory Of My Feelings

Archaeoacoustics or examining sound in the past

Castello di Squillace

SOLO SHOW - i.e. Art Projects

OPEN STUDIO - In Ruins Art Residency

First part of a sound/art project realized during my art residency in an ancient Italian town, in the region of Calabria. 
In my works (sound-drawing-photography), I investigate themes like the translation of archeology and subjective experiences into general history.
I examine how the idea of archaeoacoustics is understood and narrated.

Drawings and photographs in response to:

a piece created by blending my vocals (12 voices) in the interpretation of a fragment of a medieval piece by Hildegard von Bingen "O virga ac diadema" (Praise for the Mother)


as well as

the soundscapes
fragments of information
archaeology of sounds
the ruins
visible and clandestine
feelings and emotions
natural phenomena
my stories.


Image: Martyna Benedyka, 2021, Fragment 1, Fragment 2

Image: Martyna Benedyka, 2021, Fragment 3

Image: Martyna Benedyka, 2021, Fragment 4

Image: Martyna Benedyka, 2021, Fragment 5

Image: Martyna Benedyka, 2021, Fragment 6, Fragment 7

“Composed by Hildegard von Bingen, a saint, mystic and medieval composer, the song is an ode to an olive branch which, free from original sin, becomes a source of life and a symbol of the mother's womb. Martyna's voice provides a vivid image when it is grafted into the context of centuries-old olive groves such as those that cover the surroundings of Squillace, restoring the sense of that god inherent in nature so dear to Bingen and that only art can embody in the human body. Archaeoacoustics, an interdisciplinary methodology used by the artist, includes archeology, ethnomusicology, acoustics and digital modelling, allowing for a concrete consonance between sounds of the past and those of the present.”

In-Ruins Art Residency

Image: Martyna Benedyka, 2021, Fragment 8


Image: Martyna Benedyka, 2021, Fragment 9, Fragment 10

Image: Martyna Benedyka, Room 1, Installation View, Castello di Squillace, 2021

Installation Views

Fragile Vessel
Silent Sticks

Italy 1044
In Memory Of My Feelings

Missing Corners
Praise For The Mother


In Blossom

The Stage

The First Of All Trees

In-ruins Art Residency, Squillace, Calabria, Italy
OPEN STUDIO, Castello di Squillace

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sound installation
drawing and analogue photography



Open Your Eyes

Degree Show, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Oil on Wood | Lith Photography


︎ Best Intentions



︎ Paper Knife I

︎Potter’s Wheel

︎ Knife On The Table

︎ Mother Sleeping

︎ Men Carrying Mattresses II

︎ Man With A Camera

︎ Cheese On The Table

︎ Pianist

︎ Jars

︎ Yellow Painting

︎ Potter’s Wheel

︎ Palm Trees

︎ Man Reading

︎ Bows

︎ Woman In Black

︎ Paper Knife II

︎ Dusty Studio

︎ Men Carrying Mattresses



Room With A View

︎ Vase


︎ Conducting

Nesting Boxes


On The Border Photobook

What is a photograph? For me, a fragment of quick-silver,
a lucid dream, a scribbled note from the subconscious
to be deciphered, perhaps, over years.
It is a monologue trying to become a conversation,
an offering, an alibi, a salute.
Eva Rubinstein




Artist photobook accompanying
the Open Your Eyes exhibition
at Gray’s School of Art, Scotland, UK

Gelatin Silver Print