Many of the themes touched on in the exhibition and book mirror those experienced by migrants today and despite the difference in time Ready sees multiple parallels. “I’m hoping that a whole new audience will discover Sophie’s work for themselves - through her own words and through my photographic take on her and her literary alter egos’ lives. It was really fascinating to recreate and enact heroines from over a hundred years ago, despite the passage of time, they still feel very contemporary, they are very direct and honest about their mental struggles, social injustice and gender-related disadvantages.”.”
Images from I Also Fight Windmills will be on display at the ronapainting gallery in Oxford as part of the Photo Oxford Festival from April 13th-29th.
Exhibition opening: 13 April, 2023, 18:00 - 20:00
Artist talk: 15 April, 10:00
Meet the Artist in the gallery: Tuesday 18 April afternoon; Thursday 20 April morning, Wednesday 26 April lunchtime, Saturday 29 April
Ania Ready (born 1979) is a Polish-British photographic artist based in Oxfordshire, UK. She has an MA in Literature and Linguistics from the University of Gdańsk, Poland. Her work centres around notions of belonging and alienation, memory and amnesia. She has a special interest in the topic of femininity and madness. Her main focus is photography, but she also engages with other art forms like collage and alternative, cameraless photographic processes. Ania has exhibited her work internationally in group and solo shows at Modern Art Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum, Irving Contemporary Gallery, Auckland Photo Festival in New Zealand, Riga Photomonth in Latvia, INTERPHOTO Photo Festival in Poland and many other places. This year she’s published her first book ‘I Also Fight Windmills’ (VIKA Books, 2023).
Etain O'Carroll is an Oxford-based writer and photographer with an interest in arts, culture and travel.