About

My name is Emilia Martin (PL~NL)
I am an artist passionate about storytelling and myths, primarily working with media of photography, sound and writing.

I grew up in between two radically different realities: a remote farm of my grandmother in rural Eastern Poland and Silesia – a heavy industry coal mining urban region in the West of the country.
A clash between these two realities, the narrative of patriarchy and extractivism against the rural mythologies and sublime formed a place where I found myself at home and which continues to be a ground that nurtures my artistic practice.

In my work I explore the power of speculation and reimagining of the realities I inhabit. I perceive myths, tales and storytelling to be effective tools for revisioning the past and weaving liveable futures that I wish to inhabit. With the use of speculation and shifting perspectives I revise and construct personal narratives informed by the intersectional feminist approaches. 

I seek nuanced ethical and inclusive approaches. I believe in collaborations and encounters based on vulnerability and authenticity and I consider myself and my creative work to be a part of a bigger ecosystem.

I am one of the founders and a member of Radio Echo Collective (radioecho.net) - an intersectional feminist online radio platform dedicated to creating spaces for the diversity of voices to thrive.


My work is generously supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Amarte Fonds, STROOM, Gemeente Den Haag and Instytut Adama Mickiewicza.

✹ Solo / main selection exhibitions

Grenze Arsenali Fotografici, Verona, IT
09.2024
LUMA x Dior, Arles, FR
07.2024
Athens Photo Festival, GR
06.2024
Boutographies festival Montpellier, FR
05.2024
pix.house Poznań, PL
11.2023
Reccont’Arti Premio di Fotografia Contemporanea, IT
10.2023
Rotlicht festival Vienna, AT
10.2023
(site specific) exhibition at the Old Leiden Observatory, NL
10.2023
Korean International Photo Festival, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul
09.2023
Vintage Photo Festival, Bydgoszcz, PL
09.2023
SeeLab the Hague (supported by STROOM), NL
06.2023

✹ Selected group exhibitions

Nieuw Charlois as part of the Kunstpodium T program, Rotterdam
05.2024
Rovinj PhotoDays festival, Croatia
05.2024
PALM* Photo Prize at MELKWEG Amsterdam
05.2024
212 Photography Istanbul, TR
10.2023
Fotodok Lighthouse program public exhibition, Utrecht, NL
09.2023
PhMuseum Days festival, Bologna, IT
07.2023
Past & Present by Der Greif Magazine, Munich, DE
07.2023
Graduation Show Royal Academy of the Art in the Hague, NL
07.2023
PhMuseum Days festival, Bologna, IT
07.2022
PhotoOff, Paris
05.2021
FWD Galeria Centrala, Poznań, PL
08.2020
no.08 Sputnik Społeczne Centrum Fotografii, Warszawa, PL
06.2020

✹ Grants

Instytut Adama Mickiewicza: Kultura Polska na Świecie
05.2024
Gemeente Den Haag: makersregeling
04.2024
Mondriaan Development Grant
03.2024
STROOM Documentation Grant
02.2023
Mondriaan Venice Art Biennale Voucher
01.2023
Mondriaan Artist Start Grant
09.2023
Amarte Interdisciplinary Fund
08.2023
STROOM Spot Grant
05.2023

✹ Awards

Dior x Luma Award 2024 finalist
2024
Urbanautica 2024 finalist
2024
Charta Award winner
09.2023
Grand Press Photo award winner at the Own Vision category
06.2023
pix.house: talent of the year
06.2023
AiS finalist
05.2023
All Out & MTV Photo Award winner
04.2021

✹ Selected publications

Kosmica magazine
09.2023
Neptune Journal
06.2023
Good News, eight by ten press
06.2023
Nowhere Diary
05.2023
fish eye magazine
04.2021
Der Greif magazine
07.2023
Fotodok
05.2023
Pellicola magazine
04.2023
Blind magazine
10.2022
TVP.pl
09.2022
Yoghurt magazine
09.2022
the Calvert Journal
08.2022
PHMuseum
08.2022
BROAD magazine
06.2022
C41
10.2021
Fotofilmic
08.2021
BOOOOOM magic hour book
06.2021
Sputnik no.08
07.2020

✹ Artist in Residence

Studio LOOS, supported by gemeente Den Haag
04.2024 - 02.2025
Sasso Residency, Switzerland
09.2024
Tuscan House of Photography, IT
10.2024 & 10.2023
Goethe Institut Rotterdam
05 - 07.2023
De Nieuwkomers, NL
03.2023

✹ Education

Power Up by Mondriaan, NL
01 - 04.2024
Kunstpodium T Master Apprentice program, NL
09.2023 - 05.2024
ReCNTR Lab, TRACTS training school: Archival Memories, Leiden University, NL
07.2023
Lighthouse by Fotodok, Utrecht, NL
10.2022 - 09.2023
Artist as Teacher course, Royal Academy of the Art the Hague, NL
01.2023 - 06.2023
MA Photography & Society, Royal Academy of the Art the Hague, NL
09.2020 - 07.2022
Sputnik Mentoring Program, Warsaw, PL
09.2018 - 06.2019
Erasmus exchange: American Literature / Poetry, Universidade de Porto, PT
09.2011 - 01.2012
British and American Literature, University of Łódź, PL
09.2009 - 07.2012

✹ Activities

Freelance educator
09.2022 - now
Member of Locatie Z / Daisy Chain studio
04.2024 - now
Kunstpodium T Master Apprentice program, NL
09.2022 - now
Freelance podcast production, together with Sophie Allerding
09.2022 - now
co-founder / member of Radio Echo Collective
07.2022 -now